Experience Dragoer – one of Denmark´s oldest fishing village on Amager Island 12 km south of Copenhagen

Oplev Dragør – en af Danmarks ældste fisker landsbyer på  Amager kun 12 km syd for København.

 

Text and photos Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

In 1300 Dragoer began as a trading place for herring. In the danish belt Øresund shoals of herring were fished and sold on Skanør trade market in Skåne and on Dragør Trade market on Amager. Merchants from all Europe came to buy the salted herrings in  barrels and exported them to the populations in Germany, France and Italy.

In 1521 invited the danish King Christian 2 (King of Denmark and Norway 1513-23) nederland farmers to settle in neighboring Store Magleby to introduce vegetable- and agricultural skills to danish farmers.

In Draoer danes and nederland fishermen settled permanetly in 1600 and expanded their activities of fishing, shipping, shipbuilding yard and marine equipment.

 

Dragoer Harbour:

 

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DRagoer Harbour. View to direction east to fishing boats and

Dragoer Harbour. View in direction east to fishing boats and sailor boats. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

In 1684 Dragoer became the main pilot port with pilot boats to help commercial and marine ships navigating through the small belt Øresund between Østersøen and Kattegat Sea.

Dragoer expanded in 1700 and 1800 with more than 135 families living of fishing, piloting, rescuing operations of ships and men, shipbuilding and for the woman of all ages commercial  weaving trade.

Most of the houses in Old Town Dragoer are built between 1700-1850. Today 80 old houses are put a preservation order on – 75 houses in Dragør Old Village and 5 houses in Dragoer Harbour.

In Dragoer Harbour you can buy fresh fish directly from the fishing boats, shops for smoke-curing fish, outdoor restaurants, Pilot Museum (Danmarks Lodsmuseum), Kayak Club, Sailing Boat Club and you can visit The Tourist Office (Dragør Turistkontor). Click: visit-dragoer.dk

In Dragoer Old Village you can freely walk through the small alleys with original pavement  between more than 100 old houses builded 1700-1850. You will experience a unique fishing village and harbour – one of the eldest, original and most preserved in Denmark.

 

Map of Amager Island south of Copenhagen with Village Store Magleby and fishing Village Dragoer:

 

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Map

Map of Amager Island 12 km south of Copenhagen with village Store Magleby and fishing village Dragoer. Scanned 31. may 2016 from folder “Velkommen til Dragør – Welcome to Dragør” published by Dragør Turistkontor/The Tourist Office. Thanks to Dragoer Touristoffice for using this map.

 

Dragoer Harbour:

 

Fisherman cleans his fishing boat. Photo 2

Fisherman cleans his fishing boat. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Preparing the fishes  “skrubber” – mostly flounders for sale:

The fisherman prepare his fi

The fisherman on his boat  preparering his fishes mostly flounders (skrubber) for sale. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

The fisherman shows a stenbider”- zo lumpsucker from today´s catch:

 

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A fisherman shows a "stenbidder"

A fisherman shows a stenbider- a zo lumpsucker from today´s catch. Photo 27 may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Pilot House (Lodshuset) builded 1832 and today Danmarks Lodsmuseum with its 16 meter high Pilot Tower builded 1912:

In front of photo:

– a rescuing boat with ice strengthening under its bottom.

 

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Pilot House and the 15 m high Pilot Tower.

Pilot House with the former pilot tower on its roof and  at right the 16 m high Pilot Tower builded 1912. In front a rescuing boat – bjærgningsbåd with ice strengthening under its bottom. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Rescuing boat with ice strentchening under its bottom:

 

Rescuing boat - bjærgningsbåd with stretching

Rescuing boat – bjærgningsbåd with ice strengthening under its bottom. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Pilot Boat Ravnen – Lodsbåden Ravnen:

 

Pilot Boat "Ravnen" - Lodsbåden Ravnen. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Pilot Boat “Ravnen” – Lodsbåden Ravnen. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Plate about Pilot Boat “Ravnen” and Dragoer Pilotage Duty and authority with Pilot Station builded 1820-23:

 

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Plate telling the story of Pilot Boat "Ravnen"

Plate telling the story of Pilot Boat “Ravnen” and Pilot Station builded 1820-23. Photo 27. may 2016 by rik K Abrahamsen.

The Stake Area for drying, maintenance and repairing the fishermen´s nets:

Stejlepladsen.

 

The Stake Area fro drying and repairing the fisherman´s nets. Photo 27 may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

The Stake Area for drying, maintenance and repairing the fisherman´s nets. Photo 27 may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Plate at The Stake Area:

Stejlepladsen.

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Plate on The Stake Area. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Plate on The Stake Area – Stejlepladsen. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Wax trough on The Stake Area of Dragoer Harbour:

Beg trug på Stejlepladen på Dragør Havn.

 

Wax trough - "Beg trug" on The Stake Area. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahams

Wax trough – “Beg trug” on The Stake Area. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

The Stake Area – Stejlepladsen with Shipyard and Pilot Tower on Dragoer Harbour:

 

The Stake Area with Shipyard and Pilaot Tower on Dragoer Harbour: Photo 27. may 2016 by erik K Abrahamsen.

The Stake Area with Shipyard and Pilot Tower on Dragoer Harbour: Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Sheds of wood as neighbour to The Stake Area and used by fishermen to store this fishing tackles:

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Sheds of wood as niegboru to The Stake Area. Photo 27. may 2016 by erik K Abrahamsen.

Sheds of wood as neighbor to The Stake Area. In background of photo the Pilot Tower builded 1912 and Shipyard. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragoer Old Fishing Village – the eldest and best preserved fishing village in Denmark with more than 80 original houses:

 

Small alley with original pavement with houses builded between 1700-1850:

 

Dragoer Old Fishing Village with more than 80 original houses builded 1700-1850. Photo 27 may 2016 by erik K Abrahamsen.

Dragoer Old Fishing Village with more than 80 original houses builded 1700-1850. Alleys with original pavement. Photo 27 may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragoer Old Fishing Village:

 

Dragoer Old Fishing Village. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Dragoer Old Fishing Village. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragoer Old Fishing Village:

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Dragoer Old Fishing Village. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Dragoer Old Fishing Village. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragoer Old Fishing Village:

 

Dragoer Old Fishing Village. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Dragoer Old Fishing Village. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragoer Old Fishing Village:

Dragør Borgerforening.

 

Dragør Borgerforening in Dragoer Old Fishing Village. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Dragør Borgerforening in Dragoer Old Fishing Village. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragoer Old Fishing Village:

A thatcher renew a thatched roof.

 

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A thatcher renews a thatched roof in Dragoper Old Fishing Village.

A thatcher renews a thatched roof in Dragoer Old Fishing Village. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragoer Old Fishing Village:

 

Dragoer Old Fishing Village. Photo 27.may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Dragoer Old Fishing Village. Photo 27.may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragoer Old Fishing Village:

 

Dragoer Old Fishing Village. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Dragoer Old Fishing Village. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragoer shopping area:

 

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Dragoer shopping area. Photo indirection east to Dragoer Harbor. Photo 27. May 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Dragoer shopping area. Photo in direction east to Dragoer Harbour. Photo 27. May 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragoer Harbour:

Dragør Strandhotel – Dragoer Beach Hotel.

 

DRagør Styrandhotel - Dragoer Beach Hotel. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Dragør Strandhotel – Dragoer Beach Hotel. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Memorial Stone of the rescue of 6-700 danish jews by Dragoer fisherman and inhabitants from Dragoer Harbour to safety in Sweden in october 1943 under the german occupation of Denmark 1940-45:

 

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Morial Stone of the rescue of 6-7oo danish jews with fishing boats from Dragoer Harbour to freedom in Sweden octo

Memorial Stone of the rescue of 6-7oo danish jews on fishing boats from Dragoer Harbour to safety in Sweden october 1943. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Plate of the rescue of 6-700 danish jews on fishing boats from Dragoer Harbour to safety in Sweden october 1943:

 

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Plate obout the revue of 6-700 danish jews october 1943 on fishingboatd from Dragoer Harbour to freedom on Sweden. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Plate about the rescue of 6-700 danish jews october 1943 on fishing boats from Dragoer Harbour to safety in Sweden. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragoer Harbour – area of spare time sailors:

 

Dragoer Harbour - agra of spare time sailors

Dragoer Harbour – area of spare time sailors. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Anchor and cannon Memorial from war between Denmark and England 1807-14:

 

Memorial Monument from war between Denmark and England 1807-14. Photo 27 may

Memorial Monument Anchor and cannon from war between Denmark and England 1807-14. Photo 27 may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

A spare time sailor paints his boat:

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A pare time sailor

A spare time sailor paints his boat. In background the 16 m high pilot tower.Photo 27 may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

View to Kayak area and east Island Saltholm  and artificial island Peberholmen in Belt Øresund:

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Dragoer Harbour. Kayak area with view in direction east to Island Salthom and artificial island Peberh

Dragoer Harbour. Kayak Area with view in direction east to Island Saltholm at left and artificial island Peberholmen at right. Photo 27,. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

View to Kayak area and northern beach of Dragoer:

 

Dragoer Harbour. View in direction west to northern beach of Dragoer. Pho

Dragoer Harbour. View in direction west to northern beach of Dragoer. Photo 27 . may 2016 by eEik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragør Strandhotel – Dragoer Beach Hotel.

 

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DRagoer Harbour. In background Dragør Strandhotel. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Dragoer Harbour. In background Dragør Strandhotel. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragoer Harbour:

Dragør Strandhotel – Dragoer Beach Hotel.

 

DRagoer Harbour. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Dragoer Harbour. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Dragoer Harbour.

 

View to Pilot Tower, The Pitch House, The former Harbour Master´s Office and The Tourist Office/ Dragør Turistkontor:

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Dragoer Harbour. View to Pilot Tower, Pitch House and The Tourist Office. Pho

Dragoer Harbour. View to Pilot Tower, Pitch House and The Tourist Office. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

View to Pilot Tower, The Pitch House, The former Harbour Master´s Office and The Tourist Office/ Dragør Turistkontor:

 

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Dragoer Harbour. View in direction south to 16 m high Pilot Tower, Baghuset and Turist Office. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Dragoer Harbour. View in direction south to 16 m high Pilot Tower, The Pitch House, The former Harbour Master´s Office builded mid 19th century and The Turist Office. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

The Pitch House:

 

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The Pitch House. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

The Pitch House. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

The Pitch House – Beghuset:

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Plate at The Pitch House. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Plate at The Pitch House. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

The Dragoer Fishing boat “Elisabeth K571” – one of many Dragoer fishing boats rescuing 6-700 danish jews from german occupied Denmark to safety  in Sweden octobre 1943 under 2. World War 1940-45:

 

Dragoer fishing boat "Elisageth K571"

Dragoer fishing boat “Elisageth K571” – one of many Dragoer fishing boats rescuing 6-700 danish jews from german occupied Denmark to safety in Sweden october 1943. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

The Dragoer Fishing boat “Elisabeth K571” – today a museum ship under protection of Dragør Museum:

 

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Dragoer fishing boat "Elisabeth K571".

Dragoer fishing boat “Elisabeth K571” in Dragoer Harbour. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

View to Dragoer Old Fishing Village from Dragoer Harbour entrance from Øresund:

 

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View to Dragoer Old Fishing Village from entrance to Harbour from Øresund. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

View to Dragoer Old Fishing Village from entrance to Harbour from Øresund. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

View to Øresund, Øresund Bridge and Sweden from entrance to Dragoer Harbour:

 

View in direction east to Be

View in direction east to Belt Øresund, Bridge Øresund and Sweden. Photo 27. May 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

View to Øresund, Øresund Bridge and Sweden from entrance to Dragoer Harbour:

 

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View in direction east to Øresund, Øresund Bridge and Sweden from entrance to Dragoer Harbour. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

View in direction east to Øresund, Øresund Bridge and Sweden from entrance to Dragoer Harbour. Photo 27. may 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Links:

Dragør Turistkontor/The Tourist Office visit-dragoer.dk

 

 

Text and photos Copyright Erik K Abrahamsen 2016

All rights reserved

 

 

Enjoy life – be happy!

 

Melby, North Sealand, Denmark 31. may 2016

 

Best wishes

Erik

4 Comments

  1. meget fin artikel, virkelig gode fotos. (built, ikke builded)

  2. ps. det er en daglig glæde at bo her

  3. Wonderful photos and helpful, interesting text. Helped me relive a beautiful and memorable day in Dragoer, as part of a Baltic Cruise. Thank you for this. Blessings.

  4. jeg boede i dragoeri 1930-1950 skipperstreade 6 .og have en ualmindelig god tid selv under ww2 1940 jer bragte meget tid paa havnen ,min far var fisker baaden :haabet var medlem af sejlklubben og pilen,disse fotoes kender jeg jo godt med stor eringdring fra mine unge aar john (kendt som jonas eller johannes)