Lersø Park is a large, green area opposite the old main entrance to Bispebjerg Hospital. Under a conservation order, it’s surrounded by large trees, school gardens and scrubland. Here, you’ll find full-sized football pitches, a playground and one of the city’s best hills for sledging. In continuation of the park, along the S-train line between Ryparken and Bispebjerg, is a big conservation area with allotment gardens that is open to the public.
The point of the conservation order for the park and allotments is to stop this green wedge from ever being developed. There are almost 400 allotment gardens. Although they are private, the whole area is steeped in traditional Danish allotment culture, with public footpaths, and the green areas between the allotments make ideal picnic spots.
The Green Bicycle Route goes through both Lersø Park and the allotments, connecting the area with other green and open spaces in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. The dedicated exercise route, known as the City’s Green Pulse, that connects the parks and green spaces in Nørrebro, North West and Brønshøj, also goes through Lersø Park.
From here, there are views of the beautiful and imaginative Bispebjerg Hill housing development designed by the artist Bjørn Nørgaard. With its natural materials and curving, organic shapes, this is a work of art in itself and adds a novel edge to the beauty of this protected area.
Plans are afoot to reopen the underground river, Lygten, which used to flow through the parks, and to grow a wild forest that will attract even more animal species.
Photo: Lars Bahl
DATA & LINKSLersøparken
Bispebjerg Bakke 14
2400 Copenhagen N
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- The name Lersø (literally ‘clay lake’) comes from a large lake that was originally on the site, stretching all the way from Lyngbyvejen to Nørrebrogade, by the now-defunct Lygten Station.
- The lake once provided some of Copenhagen’s water supply.
- In the late 19th century, Lersø gradually became overgrown. It was eventually replaced by a wild area where several hundred destitute people, known as ‘the Lersø rowdies’, lived in caves and huts.
- Deciduous trees and shrubs. Various wild herbs like wild chervil (cow parsley), ground elder, small-flowered balsam and greater celandine, buttercup, hops, medick, clover and garlic mustard.
- Wheelchair access to the paths.
- Bring your own food and drink.