Length 6.3 km (4 miles), terrain flat
Copenhagen Running Routes:
Best Copenhagen Running Routes: Overview
Klampenborg Deer Park
For other running routes, see Route List
Copenhagen's most popular running route loops around a semi-circle of lakes that line the west side of the old town. The Søerne is a line of five lakes, joined together like a chain of perls. They were originally created to power watermills and used as reservoirs, just outside the western city walls.
|Runners along the east shore of the Lakes|
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Because the line of lakes is broken up by four cross-street causeways, you can easily cut short the route any time you please.
In a loop like this, it doesn't really matter where we start or in which direction we run, but I'll start it at the southeast corner, at the Tycho Brahe Planetarium on Vesterport. The planetarium is shaped like a diagonally sliced-through cylinder, looking like a dome from the front.
|Tycho Brahe Planetarium|
The route doesn't really need much description: there is a fairly busy street along this east side of the lakes, Søgade, but there is a nice gravel path down near the water. The only annoyance is the cross-streets, where you have to wait at the traffic lights.
At the second cross-street, Gyldenløvesgade, there is an interesting old restaurant on the left side, the Søpavillonen. In warm weather, this lake is filled with paddle-boats.
|The Victorian-era Søpavillonen|
NOTE: This section of the lake run overlaps with the Old Town Route. Maybe try that one out, too!
At the north end of Sortedams, turn left and keep following the lake. At the northwest corner, turn south to follow the west shore back to the start.
|Watch out, runners ahead! At the northwest corner of the lakes|
|Runners passing café and boat-rental dock|
|Another mass of runners, along Sankt Jørgens Sø|