The gate to Øresund

Yesterday we did a wonderful walk along the coastline and through the old town of Dragør. It is a very charming town with an interesting history dating back to the 1100s. The town’s location still has an impact on the ship traffic.

A Walk In Dragoer

I love that sea view, where ships in the horizon line look as if they are about to tumble over the edge of the earth.
That’s the kind of experience you can have in Dragoer. Furthermore you can see the bridge which connect Denmark with Sweden, Oeresundsbroen.
But wait! There is an other important subject out there. A lighthouse on a caisson 6 kilometres out in the sea, Drogden Fyr.
The Navy has used it as a Coastal Lookout Station since 1937. The Germans occupied the lighthouse during World War II. They mounted an air defence grenade, and used it when British planes fired at the lighthouse. The men who work here have no desire for another job. At least not, if you ask the boss of the lighthouse.
Every Wednesday is the changeover day. Fresh men and fresh supplies sail 6 kilometres to their second home.
They have their own room, a common living room, and a large workroom, which is their lookout point.
About 100 big ships pass the lighthouse every day and the channel is only 300 meters wide.
Drogden Lighthouse is an outpost, but only in the literal sense.

A walk among the old well preserved houses in Dragoer is a great way to spend an hour or two. The cinema in Dragoer has two honorary members. One of them is Ghita Norby and the other one is: Viggo Mortensen. Known as Aragorn in “The Lord of the Rings”. He has family in Dragoer!

“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.” Wikipedia.

The Light

Yesterday was a wonderful day by the seaside.
An unexpected summer day.

The eastern light our spires touch at morning,
The light that slants upon our western doors at evening,
The twilight over stagnant pools at batflight,
Moon light and star light, owl and moth light,
Glow-worm glowlight on a grassblade.
O Light Invisible, we worship Thee!

T.S. Eliot

The Coastal Defence of Copenhagen

On an artificial island outside Dragør town is Dragør Fort, as part of Copenhagen’s Fortifications from the years around the 1880 to 1920.
Last time I was here, the sun shone and the sea glittered at every little ripple. The yellow houses with red tiled roofs stood in a wonderful contrast against the blue sky on this glorious summer day.
I was so interested in the many sights in the harbor, and had no time to take a closer look at Dragør Fort. But today it’s different, today the fort is my goal.

It’s bitterly cold, with a fresh breeze from the south, but the view is unique here on the top of Dragør Fort. Øresund Bridge is looming sharp against the blue sky and a large container ship looks as if it will topple down into the gap behind the horizon line.

Turning my back at the sea I have the opportunity to admire Dragør town 400 meters away on the mainland, and the houses lights up the landscape with the beautiful yellow masons and red tile roofs.

“Most of the fortifications were built between 1885 and 1894 in response to Denmark’s crushing defeat to Germany in 1864. During the first World War fortifications were manned by almost 50,000 soldiers. But when the war was over, the technological developments had outpaced the fortifications and the great defense ring was abolished as defense. “1. befaestningen.dk

Did you became curious about The Fortifications of Copenhagen? If so you will be able to read more about on this site: vestvolden.info

På en kunstig ø uden for Dragør by ligger Dragør Fortet, som en del af Københavns befæstning fra årene omkring 1880 til 1920.

Sidste gang jeg var her skinnede solen, og havet blinkede ved hver en lille krusning. De gule huse med de røde tegltage stod i en vidunderlig kontrast mod den azurblå himmel på den dejlige sommerdag. Jeg var optaget af de mange synsindtryk i havnen, og havde ikke tid til Dragør Fortet, men i dag er det anderledes, i dag er fortet mit mål.

Det er bidende koldt, med en frisk kuling fra syd, men udsigten er enestående her oppe på toppen af Dragør Fortet. Øresundsbroen aftegner sig skarpt mod den blå himmel, og store containerskibe ser ud, som om de vil vælte ned i gabet bag horisontlinjen. Vender jeg ryggen til havet ligger Dragør by 400 meter inde på fastlandet, og lyser i landskabet med med de smukke gule og røde farver.

Er I blevet nysgerrige kan I læse mere om fortets opgaver på Københavns Befæstning og Dragør Fortet

“Hovedparten af Befæstningen blev opført mellem 1885 og 1894, som reaktion på Danmarks sviende nederlag til Tyskland i 1864. Under 1. Verdenskrig var Befæstningen bemandet med næsten 50.000 soldater. Men da krigen var slut, havde den teknologiske udvikling overhalet Befæstningen, og den store forsvarsring blev nedlagt som forsvarsværk.” 1. befaestningen.dk

City Heat in Denmark

Klokken 8.45 viste vores udendørs vejrstation 23 grader, et dårligt tegn for en aktiv dag. Frem med den meteorologiske prognose for dagen, 30 grader! Hvor er der køligst med mest vind? Dragør 😛

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Det er første gang, jeg er på tur rundt i Dragør, her ved den 200 år gamle lodsstation.

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Der er dejlig frisk vind fra havet, langt ude ses øresundsbroen.

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Den nye krabbefiskebro var godt besøgt, det var dog ikke alle der brugte den autoriserede fremgangsmåde –

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Den gamle bydel i Dragør er helt unik, vi var på en uventet tidsrejse.

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Det er ikke sidste gang, vi besøger dette fantastiske sted, mindre end 20 km fra København. Vi beslutter os for at besøge Flyvergrillen, inden vi kører hjem efter en behagelig sommerdag.

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Her finder I ‘flyspotterne’. De kan se om piloten har en dårlig dag, det er sjovt at høre dem kommentere på de forskellige fly. Mange tager notater, de står med mega enorme telelinser, de går ihvertfald ikke ned på udstyr.

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God tur ud i sommervejret!