Breathe in. Breathe out. Open your eyes. Welcome to a calm and yet lively place in the middle of the city: The Lakes of Copenhagen. The Lakes consist of five basins, but in fact only three lakes: Sct. Jørgens Sø (the two Southern basins), Peblinge Sø (the middle basin) and Sortedams Sø (the two Northern basins). The citizens come here to go for a run, a stroll or simply take a break on a bench near the water.

Why do I love this place? As a true Copenhagener, I bike a lot. I often ride past the lakes, and every time I do, I slow down, take a deep breath and let go of a little bit of the stress that builds up within me. The lakes help me stay down to earth. Also, it doesn’t hurt that it’s oh-so-pretty there.

Start by grabbing a coffee from Coffee Collective at Torvehallerne near Nørreport. Head to the lakes and then go South or North – whatever you prefer. Walk around one or two lakes – or maybe even three, if you’re feeling energetic.

Don’t forget to sit down at a bench and take a look at the cute houses on the opposite bank.

End your stroll at Dronning Louises Bro, where you can hang with the hipsters in the sun. From here you can easily reach Nørrebro or the city center, depending on which way you walk.

PS. I’m so fond of the lakes that I’ve started a hashtag on Instagram for pictures taken near the place: #lakeogram. If you come by, feel free to contribute!

Various streets frame the lakes. Dronning Louises Bro is located near Søtorvet, 1371 København.

It’s free

Bus 5A to Søtorvet (50 meters away)

(Photo: Elin Signe Gram & Luna Svarrer)

Signe Elin Gram

Signe can be found around Copenhagen as well as online. She is a true Instagram-queen, and if you fancy good photos and suggestions for Copenhagen, her Instagram is a good place to start.

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