Dragør – An Outstanding Skipper Town

Dragør is a great place for a stroll. The environment is unique with the old and extraordinary well-preserved town.
Furthermore the harbour is very Hyggelig with a great view to the Øresund Bridge.
Lots of things to explore!!
Dragør was founded in the 12th century, and grew quickly as a fishing port. In 1370, the Hanseatic League was granted some trade privileges in the town. Dragør continued to grow – as the home of one of the largest fishing fleets in the country and as a base for salting and processing fish. ¹

Dragør pilotage and towage services was founded in 1684, when six men received royal funding to pilot ships and especially warships through the Sound.
By the middle of the 1700s there were 24 pilots and in the 1870s there were more than 50.
In 1906 only seven pilots were left.²
Today Dragør is on UNESCO’s Tentative List!


¹ Wikipedia
² Wikipedia

22 thoughts on “Dragør – An Outstanding Skipper Town

    • Have you been there, Leya. Maybe with the ferry once?
      The inhabitants of Dragør do everything to take care of the city and the history of the place. A remarkable effort worth experiencing.

      • I think I have been there many, many years ago with the ferry – but would love to go again for “the real thing”!

      • You can combine it with an excellent lunch and a swim. The possibilities are countless, Leya 🙂
        You’d better set aside a few days if you plan on visiting the museum and the cinema, a cinema where Viggo Mortensen and Ghita Nørbye are honorary members 🙂

  1. This town has an interesting history! It is interesting too, I think that Dragør was founded as early as it was. In the 1100s, just at the end of the viking era and at the beginning of the Hansa. I’d like to go there to see what the place is like – to speculate, perhaps, about what made it attractive to merchants that early.

    • Dragørs extended location in Øresund and the huge amounts of herring formed a natural basis for large merchandise markets and not for fish alone.
      You can read more about Dragør on Museum Amager site though it’s on Danish and – Chinese, interesting too 🙂
      Thanks a lot for your comment, David.

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