Tour of Østerbro: Fælledparken, Modern Danish Architecture, & a Colorful Street in Copenhagen



When Matt and I were studying abroad in Copenhagen, I lived a little outside the city but he stayed with a host family near the center of the city in a neighborhood called Østerbro. When we went back to Copenhagen, we stayed with his host family again and got to explore more of Østerbro! Like Vesterbro, it’s usually an overlooked neighborhood when tourists go to Copenhagen, but it’s definitely worth exploring if you want to experience more local life and see some fascinating modern and historic architecture 🙂

Tour of Østerbro: Fælledparken, Modern Danish Architecture, & a Colorful Street in Copenhagen


I think Østerbro is a great place to stay when you visit Copenhagen because it’s pretty quiet while also being near the center of the city. It’s only 1-2 stops from Nørreport Station by S-train. Plus, it’s a really pretty neighborhood!

Østerbrogade is the most well known street in Østerbro, and it has lots of shops and restaurants along it. It used to extend to the Eastern City Gate situated north of the city (I know, a little confusing), but the gate was torn down in the 19th century and Østerbrogade was extended to what it is now. The area actually used to be covered in potato fields until the gate was torn down, but you would never guess it now. Afterwards, Østerbro started as a neighborhood for the bourgeoisie, so there are lots of mansions and beautiful historic buildings in the area!

Teal house in Østerbro

Historical architecture in Østerbro

Walk around Østerbro

Tour of Østerbro

Victorian building in Østerbro

Victorian building in Østerbro

I loved all the Victorian architecture!

Historic architecture in Østerbro

Orange historic building in Østerbro

Victorian buildings in Copenhagen

Historic church in Østerbro

Emmerys in Østerbro

Emmerys is my favorite chain cafes in Copenhagen, so you should stop in for tebirkes and hindbærsnitter!

Pastries at Emmerys in Østerbro


Matt and I just happened to find Olufsvej when we were walking around, and it’s one of the prettiest streets in Copenhagen! The houses are so brightly colored, and it reminded me of Møllestien in Aarhus.

The street is named after Oluf Bang Winge, a merchant who owned a large area in Østerbro. The houses were built in 1874-1877 as workers’ homes, and they’re still in great condition today.

Colorful houses in Olufsvej in Copenhagen

Teal house in Copenhagen

Colorful houses in Olufsvej in Copenhagen

Colorful houses in Olufsvej in Copenhagen

Colorful houses in Copenhagen

Blue house in Copenhagen

Colorful houses in Olufsvej in Østerbro

Colorful street in Østerbro, Copenhagen

Colorful houses in Olufsvej in Østerbro

Colorful houses in Olufsvej in Østerbro

Close up white flower in Copenhagen


Created in 1906, Fælledparken is probably the most famous spot in Østerbro. It’s the largest park in Copenhagen, and they have a stadium and playgrounds and room for the 1 May celebrations and other events! I went to Fælledparken for an F.C. Copenhagen match and the 1 May speeches, and the last time there Matt and I went for an evening stroll at sunset with his host mom’s dog.

Sunset at Fælledparken

Sunset at Fælledparken

Sunset at Fælledparken

Stadium at Fælledparken


Skateboarding at Fælledparken

Teal VW Bug in Copenhagen

Modern Danish architecture in Østerbro

Right near the Nordhavn Station is a pretty new development on the water. You can see some pretty cool modern Danish architecture and even go for a swim on one of their man-made beaches! Matt and I walked around at sunset again, and sunset on the water was very pretty and relaxing.

Harbor in Østerbro

Modern Danish architecture

Wind turbines in Copenhagen

Harbor in Østerbro

Harbor in Østerbro

If you’re looking for a mix of modern architecture, historic architecture, and nature, Østerbro is the place you should explore next! 🙂

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  1. Fizz says:

    Copenhagen looks beautiful, I’m so excited to visit one day (hopefully soon!) and your photos are so charming. It’s fun that you stayed with an old host family too!

  2. Walking around here would lift my spirits; it looks beautiful and sounds like there is much to explore. Thank you fro sharing this — it’s given me some lovely travel vibes!

  3. Samantha says:

    What a great day it looks like! I love the colorful houses, I think the orange one is my favorite though, I don’t know why it just stands out.

  4. Østerbro has been our home for almost 5 years. We love it. Laid back, but enough going on – especially when there is a concert or FCK game going on at Telia Parken. Some excellent cafés and lovely places to get a beer down by the lakes too. Nordhavn is actually it’s own neighborhood now – it’s just Østerbro adjacent – even has it’s own zip code! Great place to take a dip in the clear harbor right from the pier there. Beautiful photos!

  5. Tracy says:

    The colors of those buildings. I love it!

  6. Ann says:

    Whenever I read about copenhagen, I feel kind of ashamed. It would take to be about 6 hours to get there by rain from STockholm Sweden, but I have never been there.

    The Victorian architecture looks amazing!

    I really should look into going there, maybe during the fall 🙂

  7. Madhu says:

    Wow what a beautiful place, I just loved the pics so much. They are so colourful n gives happy vibes.

  8. Emma says:

    Thank you for taking me on a trip back to memory lane. It’s just over a year ago that I was in Copenhagen discovering these very streets and I’m now itching to get back!

  9. Marisa says:

    I’m sad I missed out on this neighborhood during my visits to Copenhagen. It looks absolutely lovely and your photos are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I definitely missed out when I visited Copenhagen – your photos are gorgeous and convey so much in composition, color and architecture details. So good to know only a short train ride from city center – next visit I’ll add this lovely neighborhood to my list.

  11. Mari says:

    Love all of the bright colors on the buildings, and that cafe looks delish!

  12. Noelle says:

    What gorgeous photos! The colors of each home is simply beautiful. It looks like a really clean place.

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