at the lakes of Copenhagen - with a rich diversity of birdlife
and swan habitats.
around Copenhagen The Lakes that surround Copenhagen was established
around year 1500 - to provide drinking water
to the entire city. During 1725-1728 - the
three man-made lakes - Sortedams Søen
- Peblinge Søen and Skt. Jørgens
Sø - were given its present form - with green
landscape - and low along-side paths called the Path of Love
- Marriage and Friendship.
Water Supplying Systems
In the early middle age there was great need
for small water streams in Copenhagen to run all the water
mills for the drinking water. This is how the lakes around
Copenhagen was developed for later to be water reservoir for
the increasing number of inhabitants. The various lakes around
the city were more or less connected to each other - as a
part of Copenhagen's water supplying systems.
from 1888 of Queen Louise’s Bridge over the lakes with
a horse driven public tramcar.
tours on the lakes - 1894
tour on the lakes in 1894 - where several tour operators offered
three lakes - Sortedamssø - Peblinge
Sø and Skt. Jørgen Sø
became the outside fortification line for Copenhagen.
of clean drinking water - 1812
In 1812 - the Danish state took over all
the water distribution in Copenhagen to ensure the supply
of clean drinking water to all citizens.
Today all lakes around Copenhagen are only used for recreational
purposes - and the areas surrounding the lakes is
a much appreciated amenity today - both for many healthy activities
and also for relaxation.
A Jogging - or Walking Tour
A walking or jogging tour around all the lakes will have a
length of totally 6,350 km.
for outdoor activities
recreational areas around the lakes offers a wealth of outdoor
buildings surround the Lakes
Sortedams Sø - and stately buildings all around the
The lakes are located on the northwest side of the inner city -
and divides Copenhagen with five basins and four
– Peblinge Sø and Skt. Jørgen Sø