I’m one of those crazy people that likes to run. What some might find boring and monotonous gives me a rush of energy like nothing else.
Seeing as it’s summer time at the moment, you can practically run at any time of the day in Copenhagen because the day-light lasts well into the evening. I am conscious that soon this will come to an end, as winter is coming (excuse the GOT reference!). In the meantime I plan to go running as often as I can!
There are so many beautiful sights to see in Copenhagen and the greater surrounding areas, so what better way to enjoy your surroundings than seeing them all on your running track?
Here is a list of my top 5 favourite places to go running in Copenhagen and the greater surrounding areas.
The actual translation of this woodland oasis is “the deer park.” Naturally, in addition to the lush forrest areas, lakes and wide open spaces, Dyrehaven is also the home to more than 2000 free range deer that inhabit the park.
It is situated a few kilometres north of Copenhagen which means that you will have to go a fair way out of the city via car, train or bus to reach the park, but it is well worth the effort when you arrive.
The first time I visited Dyrehaven was around sunset on a beautiful clear sky summer day. When you mix the incredible colours emitted by the sunrise and surrounding landscapes, it actually felt as if we were transported into the Sahara. Just gorgeous!
Marc’s family is based in Charlottenlund which means that I have been able to spend a fair bit of time there. One of my favourite parts of this area is the beach park down by the water.
On a warm summer day this park is packed to the brim with families playing in the park, sunbathers down by the water, and fitness junkies going for a run or using the public exercise equipment.
The park is also home to an old military fort. You are able to climb up on top and have a look out over the water – you can see all the way to Sweden! I find this so cool, seeing as Australia is so isolated you definitely can’t see anything from our shores.
It it can be equally as beautiful in the midst of winter too (even though it is quite cold!) If you’re up in these parts for whatever reason, do yourself a favour and go and check out this spot.
The lakes of Copenhagen are iconic. Home to some of the most sought-after real estate, the lakes are extremely popular with the locals for a multitude of activities. Whether you want to read a book, take a short bike ride or go for a run, the lakes is the perfect spot for leisurely activities.
Just even last week, it was the chosen sight for the Copenhagen street food festival. It was delicious, but probably also undid most of the work I had done by running that week!
Running around the lakes also means that you don’t have to go through as many traffic lights as you do in the centre of the city. The lack of interruption is a definite plus.
The Frederiksberg Gardens is an extremely popular park, especially for avid runners. No matter what time of day, you can always find a number of people making their way around, through and over the park.
I say “over” because the park is also the home of Frederiskberg Palace that sits on a hill top at one of the entrances of the park. From outside the palace you get an incredible view of the gardens, including the rolling green hills and water fountains.
My favourite aspect of this running route is the fact that you can run up the hill during its course – adding something a little extra to your workout than the usual flat city streets.
Amalienborg Palace / The Little Mermaid
This is a gorgeous place to run in the midst of Copenhagen. Although, I wouldn’t suggest going in the middle of the day as it tends to get quite busy. You will end up dodging people rather than actually going for a run.
But, if you manage to go at off-peak hours, perhaps around sunrise or sunset, the scenes are absolutely beautiful.