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Peblinge Lake, Copenhagen

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The Lakes in Copenhagen, Denmark are a row of three rectangular lakes curving around the western margin of the City Centre, forming one of the oldest and most distinctive features of the city's topography. The paths around them are popular with strollers, bikers and runners.HistoryOriginally the area, which the lakes now form, was one long stream. It had an arch shape and was just outside the city levees. In the early Middle Ages, a need of water for watermills was determined. As a result of this a dam was built and the Peblinge Sø was created.As a result of a siege of Copenhagen in 1523, it was decided to expand the entrenchments in order to improve the fortifications of the city. The levee at Peblinge Sø was expanded and another was created, which resulted in the creation of Sortedams Sø. In the beginning of the 16th century, Sankt Jørgens Sø was created, by further damming. This made it possible to flood the banks and lakes in case of an attack.Peblinge Sø and Sortedams Sø also served as reservoirs for the city, and in the period 1705-1727 they were cleaned and dug deeper. The edges were also straightened, giving them their current shape. In the middle of the 18th century they were discontinued as a source of drinking water, due to poor water quality. Sankt Jørgens Sø was to be used instead and it was cleaned and straightened in a similar manner as had the two other lakes 120 years earlier. Until the end of World War II, it played a central role in as a reservoir in Copenhagen and as a backup reservoir until 1959.The first Fredensbro (bridge) was built across Sortedams Sø in 1878 as a small wooden bridge. The current Fredensbro is a wide levee, that separates the two basins. It was created in 1976-1977.The vertical slopes of Peblinge Sø and Sortedams Sø were made in 1929, where the pathways surrounding the lakes also were made. In the 60's it was suggested a four lane city ring (named Søringen) be constructed, but the project was disbanded and the lakes were granted the a status of a protected area in 1966.
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  • A place such as Coppsies evidently considers to be nature. There is car noise and the lake is full of plastic. Use 10 min in an S train to get to something better
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  • On the way to the norrebra district, we took a break at this relaxed place. In the lake and on the shore there are several restaurants overlooking the water. It wasn't overcrowded on a sunny Saturday either. Of course, you can do it the other way around and let the hot feet cool down here after a stroll through Norrebro.
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  • The lakes offer a beautiful opportunity to sit and rest in the heart of Copenhagen. If you take a quick stroll from the Kings Gardens through the botanical gardens past Copenhagen universities historic and venerable global health campus, eventually you hit the old defensive moats or the lakes. Here you can find benches, green spaces, cafés and a beautiful open sky to sit on the benches and soak in the beauty of Copenhagen.
  • So beautiful to walk around. Give yourself the time to go and watch. The people. The traffic. The birds on the lakes. The nature and the architecture. One of my favourite places to go in all off Copenhagen ❤️. I can spend hours upon hours sitting on the benches on the bridges, especially in summer time. I love it.
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