Damhus Lake / Damhus Meadow
Damhus Lake and Damhus Meadow offer a view of the sort of wide open space that is otherwise hard to find in a big city. All sorts of activities entice large numbers of visitors here – and birds are equally fond of the lake and park.
Particularly in the mornings and evenings, the area is popular with runners, who appreciate the beautiful scenery and the peaceful route. It meanders around the lake for 3.4 kilometres, while the meadow adds a further 2.6.
Damhus Meadow is full of football pitches, and also has barbecue areas, nature playgrounds and an area where dogs are allowed off the leash.
But it’s also a beautiful location, a wonderful place for a stroll and a popular subject for photographers. They appreciate motifs like the weeping willows over the shining surface of the lake, the sky’s reflection in the water and the modern tower blocks that overlook this rural idyll.
The lake is relatively clean, with plenty of fish. From time to time, however, the water is polluted by Harrestrup River, which runs through the area.
Damhus Lake is not a natural one. It was created when the river was dammed to ensure a supply of drinking water to the city, even at times when the river was running low or dry. Damhus Meadow was originally part of the lake. It has been drained, but the lowest-lying part remains wet and provides ideal living conditions for a variety of animals and plants.
Photo: Scanpix/Kjeld Olesen
DATA & LINKSDamhussøen / Damhusengen
(Damhus Lake/Damhus Meadow)
- Ball games
- Cross-country skiing in winter
- Area where dogs are allowed off of the leash
- Barbecue sites
- Bird watching
- Biking – the Albertslund Route from Albertslund to Vesterport cuts through the area, and the Vigerslev Route from the West Ramparts to Valby passes along the meadow and lake
- Fishing (requires membership of a fishing club on Zealand)
- From the Middle Ages until 1891, the lake was part of a system that provided Copenhagen with drinking water.
- This beautiful area, in what was at that time a very rural setting, was later a popular place for excursions – hence the idea of turning it into a park. It was established in 1939–1941.
- The whole area, along with Vigerslev Park, is collectively known as ‘The Green Y’ and has been a conservation area since 2010.
- Damhus Lake was originally Langvaddam Lake, and the tollbooth in the area was called Langvaddam House. It later became just Dam House (Damhus), hence the name of the lake today.
- The bird life in the lakes is lively, with several rare species, including the beautiful ruddy shelduck.
- Cormorants and gulls have divided the two islands between them. The trees on cormorant island show just how tough these birds’ guano is on their surroundings.
- Crayfish are found in the lake, and bats live in the trees by the lake and meadow. The plant life in and around the lake is very varied.
- Most of the trails are suitable for wheelchair users.
- Café on the dam between the lake and the meadow
- Barbecue spot on the west side of Damhus Meadow
- Several picnic sites