Copenhagen’s Inner Lakes, popularly known as just ‘the lakes’, a string of large reservoirs outside the old ramparts, are among the city’s best-loved recreational areas and stretch almost three kilometres from Østerbro to Nørrebro, Frederiksberg and Vesterbro.
Promenades and wide grassy slopes line the water’s edge. A cycling and jogging track runs for 6.35 km around the three lakes – Sortedam, Peblinge and St. Jørgen’s – which have been split into five reservoirs.
In late May, when the chestnut trees are in bloom with their clouds of white flowers, locals say that ‘the lights are on’ in the trees. You can witness this wonderful sight around most of the lakes. On the western side, small private gardens belonging to the rows of houses that border the public footpaths overlook the lakes.
In winter, when the ice is thick enough, people skate on the lakes by the Pavilion (Søpavillonen).
There are several cafés with outdoor seating along the western promenade. In summer, rowing boats and pedal boats are available for hire on Peblinge Lake, just south of Queen Louise Bridge. Weeping willows grow on the banks of St. Jørgen’s Lake and floating smartweed, or polygonum, sprawls across the water.
Photo: Scanpix/Mads Jensen