2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
tel: +45 7022 2442 (Tourist Information)
fax: +45 7022 2452 (Tourist Information)
Dating from around 1900, Fælledparken translates as 'the shared park', and this vast public space really is the city's people's park. Found on the border of neighborhoods Østerbro and Nørrebro, there's no avenues of trees or well kept flower beds here, but more a recreational area that anyone can use. There are petanque greens, enclosed dog-walking areas, an open-air pool (summer only), children's play area, skate park and no less than six football pitches. In addition there is a pavillion that operates not only as a cafe during the summer but also offers salsa dancing and classes. It is a popular spot for joggers, who can enjoy the long jog around the park and its attractive lake. Due to the park's popularity as a summer party spot, it is no longer allowed to bring disposable barbecue grills; instead, guests can use one of the ten grills permanently situated in the park.
The park is never busier than on May 1st each year, when it serves as the meeting place for the many workers' day marches; May Day in Copenhagen is not just about speeches (though there's plenty of these), it's also a chance for everyone to take an afternoon off work and enjoy a family fun day out in the park. Perhaps one of the reasons that it was chosen as the venue for international workers' day celebrations is its place in the history of workers' resistance: On May 5, 1872, 'Fælleden' was the site of a bloody battle between police, soldiers and workers.
On the edge of the park is Parken, the city's large arena, home to its local football club F.C København as well as host to a number of international, large-scale music concerts. The park also plays host to Denmark's veteran car race, the 'Historic Grand Prix' every August.