Copenhagen is a city of 2 million people, sitting on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. It’s a a major center of northern Europe, with a modern feel. A lot of the development has taken place along ‘five fingers’ stretching out of the city along rail routes. There’s a lot of scenic running in Copenhagen, taking advantage of the city’s waterfront setting and numerous bridges. The new Øresund bridge connects to Malmö, Sweden. Note: If you’d like to have a guided running experience in Copenhagen, we highly recommend our affiliate partner Go! Running Tours. Many thanks to Kent at the Marathon Sport running store for his help with this guide!
Some of the best places to run in Copenhagen are right in the city’s compact centre. Start with our runseeing tour of Old Town, Indre By. Also in the centre are a run along four lakes; a waterfront route in Nyhavn out to the Kastellet fortress, and a lovely run combining several parks & lakes. We also have an attractive route combining Christiantown & Freetown. On Amager Island, there are waterfront routes on the Amager Strand on the east side, and Kalvebod Fælled on the west side, and a parkrun along Fælled. South of the city is a three park run centered on Valby Park, and 20 km of waterfront running paths anchored by the Arken Museum. For a destination run, take the S-Bahn north of the city to Utterslev Mose or Dyrehaven forest park.
Weather is a factor here — it can often be rainy and unsettled. There’s not much daylight–or sun–in winter, and there can be snow and ice although average high temps are just above freezing. Summers are mild but not warm, and there are wonderful, long days. The city has a great public transportation system, consisting of a metro, trams, local trains, and a Ferry along inner harbour, which makes for great one-way running opportunities! The infrastructure for cycling is fantastic.