Amager Common is the magnificent West Amager’s busy little brother. Both Amager Common and West Amager only recently became accessible. Today, they form an oasis, playground and backyard for hundreds of thousands of people, especially the residents of the new homes in Islands Brygge and Ørestad.
Amager Common is a place to play ball, ride, run, cycle, soak up the sun, have a picnic, barbecue, walk the dog, build dens, gather berries and flowers, or just relax on a bench with a book. There are also BMX and motocross tracks in the part of the Common closest to the Zealand Bridge (Sjællandsbroen). The Common certainly lives up to its name – it has something for everyone.
In early summer, this is a wonderful place to listen to the bird chorus. You may even hear a nightingale, as several of them reside here, in bushes by the ponds. The southern retention pond is a popular fishing spot, while Grønjord Lake is a great place to picnic, drink coffee and watch the sun go down.
However, this area has not always been so idyllic. At one time, Amager was known as ‘Shit Island’ (Lorteøen), because this is where the city’s latrines used to be emptied. After that, the area was used for landfill.
Some of the waste has been used to create a large hill that offers stunning views of the area and is popular with runners doing hill training. It is actually called Waste Mountain, but is popularly known as Mount Anna.
Amager Common, West Amager and Kongelunden are part of the new Amager Nature Park. In time, even more activities and trails will be developed in this popular area.
Photo: Thomas Rousing
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- < href="https://www.kk.dk/da/brugbyen/brug-steder-i-byen/groenne-omraader/parker/amager/amager-faelled">City of Copenhagen’s description of Amager Common (in Danish)
- a href="http://www.orestad.dk/~/media/Orestad/pdf/Naturguide.ashx">Orestad’s guide to Amager Common (in Danish, PDF)
- a href="http://www.dofbasen.dk/IBA/lokalitet.php?lokid=152">Danish Ornithological Society guide to birdlife (in Danish
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- Outdoor pursuits
- Model flying
- BMX biking
- Horse riding
- Berry picking
- Ball games
- Amager Common takes its name from the fact that this is where farmers in the area once grazed their livestock.
- From 1680 to 1964, part of the area was a military training facility – the name Artillerivej (Artillery Road) at Islands Brygge is a reminder of those times. The northern part of the Common was used to empty latrines from time immemorial, and for much of the 20th century, the western part was used for landfill.
- Saying ‘Ama’r halshug’ (‘cross my heart and hope to die’ – but literally meaning ‘beheading’) when you swear to something stems from the days when Amager Common was a public execution site. The last execution here was in 1845.
- The rare penduline tit nests in the area, along with many breeding songbirds. At Grønjord Lake you will see red-necked grebe, greylag geese and reed warblers. A number of birds of prey visit in the winter. Foxes are frequently seen, as are deer, several varieties of frog and a small population of adders.
- There are many berry bushes and apple trees, hawthorn and sloe. The yellow iris brightens up Grønjord Lake in spring, while the yellow willow-leaved fleabane blooms in midsummer.
- Some of the paths are suitable for wheelchairs.
- No dedicated facilities, but the area is close to the city and shops.
- Several sites to build bonfires, barbecue and enjoy your lunch.