A windy Sunday in beautiful Dragør
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It was the final day of Barbara’s visit to Copenhagen and I wanted to show her a different part of the city; well actually it is 10 km outside the city centre but it seems so much further away when you are there. Dragør is the closest you can get to one of the old fishing villages close to Copenhagen.
We drove through the city centre and followed the coast along the new beach at Amager Strand. Since 5-10 years it has been possible to drive in front of Copenhagen airport on the waterside and it is funny to drive directly under the planes as they land in the airport.
Dragør is full of old well-preserved old historical buildings and especially the old part of town is a visit worth.
The harbour area has a rich sailing life and loads of sail and motorboat are always in the harbour giving it life and an authentic harbour ambiance.
In old days was the situation of Dragør based on the fishing and sailing which all the way up until 100 years ago was the reason of it existence. Already back in year 1350 was the site a merchant place for selling herrings and was already then sanctioned by the king.
When the herring fishing stopped in around year 1500 the first house were established close to the coast; it was mainly local fishermen who settled here. At the same time the area was officially handed over to Dutch settlers who were living in the neighbouring village of Store Magleby.
Dragør has always been an important transfer point to Skåne (Sweden) and as of year 1600 where there were around 20 houses in the place it turned into a village. It was also in these days that the Dutch settles took initiative to build a real harbour.
In the year 1750 was Dragør measured in tons the largest shipping town in the Danish Kingdom after Copenhagen, and rescuing of ships that got stuck was a main business for the town.
The war on the sea with the British in 1807-1814 meant the end of the good times for Dragør and from 1880 when the sail ships era was over so was also the time for Dragør as rich nautical centre.
We parked the car at the harbour and went for a walk in the old town which always is very calm and relaxing. The time went fast and loads of pictures were produced by both of us. It was time for lunch and the sun was shining and to have lunch outside down by the harbour sounded like a must.
We managed to get a table at Café Blink and enjoyed the view of the harbour while we also had a nice lunch. Soon after it was time to drive Babs to the airport for her flight back to Brussels. It had been yet another nice day for me in the yellow and red surroundings of Dragør.