Dragør Dragør’s Harbour Dragør’s Fort Fishermen’s houses Malmö Turning Torso Malmöhuset Moderna Museet Øresund Bridge
We leave copenhagen and drive through Ørestad, the new suburb on the island of Amager, where we can see buildings in the vanguard of modern architecture, such as the Danmarks radio building, the Bella Sky Hotel and the Crown Plaza Hotel, where President Obama briefly stayed, when he visited Copenhagen for the COP15 conference. Then we make our way to the outer suburbs, with typical Danish homes and their well kept gardens.
Suddenly the suburbs give way to the countryside and we are on our way to Dragør, a pretty old fishing village, with many of its homes dating back to the 1700s. In Dragør you can visit the Dragør Fort, which was built between 1910 and 1915 to defend Copenhagen. While the Øresund Bridge was being built the Fort was used by Vessel Traffic Service Drogden to control shipping on the Danish side of the Øresund, especially the area between Dragør and the island of Saltholm. Today Dragør Fort contains a hotel and restaurant. Although you can walk around the Fort, it is privately owned and so you are not allowed to bring food with you to eat there.
Do go down to Dragør Harbour, where you will see some beautiful old fishermen’s houses, which date back to the 1700s. The fishermen fish for herrings and at the weekend, there’s often a fishmarket here. There has been a nautical pilot service, here in Dragør, since 1684. Down at the harbour, the Pilots House, which dates from the 1820s, houses the Pilots Museum. Also in the harbour is the Cutter, Elisabeth K571. She’s one of the few remaining ships, that took part in the evacuation of occupied Denmark’s Jewish Community, to neutral Sweden, in October 1943. Around 700 Jewish Danes sailed over the Øresund from Dragør to Sweden, including around 70 in Elisabeth K571, before her skipper, Einar Larsen, was himself forced to flee to Sweden in 1944. There is a small exhibition about the Jewish Danes escape to Sweden, in the Dragør Museum, a short walk from the harbour.
Do take a walk around Dragør’s lovely little old streets, where the houses date back to the 1700s, as its one of the best preserved towns in Denmark. The houses in old Dragør are built in terraces and run from east to west, with gardens on their south side. On the eastern side of Strandstræde, or Beach Street in English, are some small alleys that run down to the road, Strandlinien, that runs parallel with Strandstræde. Only Zytfeusgade is wide enough for a horse and cart to come down. Other smaller alleys are Bagersgangen, Fiskergangen and Strandgangen. In the middle of Dragør are some small shops, selling clothing, handicrafts and jewelry.
Øresund Bridge and Kastrup Airport
After Dragør, we drive to Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, where we have a stop to drop of some visitors and their luggage. Then we continue our trip, crossing the impressive Øresund Bridge to Malmö.
The Øresund Bridge is an impressive structure and its opening has done a lot to improve Malmö’s economy. The Øresund Bridge opened in the year 2000 and is comprised of a top level for motor traffic and a lower level for trains. The Bridge has been designed so it doesn’t alter the flow of oxygen in the water, from the Øresund into the Baltic, so as not to damage fish stocks.
After crossing the Øresund Bridge, we come to Malmö, with its wide selection of shops and a chance for you to eat some delicious Swedish food. You can also take a look at the Turning Torso or visit Moderna Museet or go inside Malmöhus, which dates back to the 1530s. At Malmöhus you can find Malmö Art Musem and Malmö Natural History Museum. On one side of Malmöhus is Kungsparken, with its sculptures and little twisting paths.
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