A windy Sunday in beautiful Dragør

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Flowers in the streets

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.

Details of the street
This part of town is full of cobblestone covered streets with yellow painted houses with red roofs. Most of the houses go back to 17th or 18th century. The inhabitants in this area uses also a lot of energy in decoration their front gardens with colourful flowers and small decorative items which all makes it pretty idyllic to wander the streets.

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.

Details of the street
Especially in the days of The Hanseatic League’ herring fishing every fall attracted up to 30.000 foreign merchants and that had a huge influence of the development of the village.        

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.

Wanna dance!
The Dutch were mainly focused on agriculture but became more and more involved in fishing and sailing. In 1676 Dragør harbour hosted 2 schooners, 82 small and large boats. In 1682 there were 65 farms and in 1700 already 135 farms; most of the new settlers came from Skåne (Sweden).

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.

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Flowers in the streets
Flowers in the streets
Details of the street
Details of the street
Details of the street
Details of the street
Wanna dance!
Wanna dance!
Flowers in the streets
Flowers in the streets
Flowers in the streets
Flowers in the streets
Flowers in the streets
Flowers in the streets
The narrow streets of Dragør
The narrow streets of Dragør
One of many wonderful house fronts
One of many wonderful house fronts
Detaol of the old village
Detaol of the old village
Details of the street
Details of the street
Detail of the street
Detail of the street
The green house
The green house
Still waiting
Still waiting
Narrow but still usable
Narrow but still usable
Nice and calm streets; only 10 km …
Nice and calm streets; only 10 km…
Details of the street
Details of the street
At one of the squares
At one of the squares
A small square
A small square
A small square
A small square
Details of the street
Details of the street
I wonder what this shop makes
I wonder what this shop makes
From the harbour
From the harbour
The wind was strong
The wind was strong
The wind was strong
The wind was strong
A Disko!!
A Disko!!
The fishers village
The fishers village
The fishers village
The fishers village
The Danish colours
The Danish colours
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photo by: Chokk