The Lakes


Skt. Jørgens Sø/ Peblinge Sø/ Sortedams Sø
Copenhagen, Denmark


+45 7022 2442 (Tourist Information)


The Lakes – or Søerne in Danish – are one of Copenhagen's most important recreational areas, and frame the city center's land-locked borders as they curve around the western side of the Indre By. Ringed by paths popular with joggers, dogwalkers and runners, the three lakes are individually called Sankt Jørgens Sø (at the Vesterbro end, next to the Planetarium), Peblinge Sø (which you cross to reach Nørrebrogade) and Sortedams Sø, at the Østerbro end. Although the Lakes are in fact man-made, they do date back as far as the 16th century – created first as fortifications for the city and later maintained as reservoirs. Ducks, swans and herons can often be seen on the small islands or amongst the reeds on the shoreline, and the Lakes are equally beautiful in wintertime, when they usually freeze over. In summer, the numerous restaurants and cafes situated around all the Lakes are extremely popular thanks to the pleasant outside seating.


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