Somehow when I was living in Copenhagen, I never heard about Dragør, even though it’s so close to the city! I happened to read about it when looking for hidden gems in Copenhagen for my trip back, and I’m so glad I did. Dragør is the cutest fishing village I’ve ever visited, and it’s my favorite day trip from Copenhagen! 🙂
Dragør is right near the airport and it takes about an hour to get to there, and there are a few different ways to get there. You can take the 350S bus from Copenhagen or we took the metro to the airport and the 35 bus from there to Dragør.
Dragør was founded in the 1100s as a fishing village, and it was used as a fishing port for centuries. It has a Dutch influence because the Danish king invited Dutch farmers to live in the area to supply food for the royal family in the 16th century. The Dutch were more agriculturally advanced than the Danish, and they actually introduced carrots to Denmark! They settled in Store Magleby, which I have pictures of at the end, and you can walk there from Dragør (or take the bus if you’re smarter than me!).
Things to see in Dragør
Dragør is mostly a town to walk around and take pictures in. There is a museum and a few restaurants if you get hungry, and there’s a little visitor’s center with the friendliest couple giving tips for things to see in Dragør! Matt and I ended up walking throughout the town and harbor and climbing up the little fort before walking to Store Magleby.
This is a literal milestone erected in 1690 when the main roads were measured, and it marks one and a half miles to Copenhagen
We climbed to the top of the Dragør Fort, which was built in 1910. It’s actually privately owned now and has been turned into a hotel, so you can stay inside a Danish fort if you want! If you’re just stopping by for the day, you should definitely go to the top of the fort for amazing views of the water.
The famous Øresund Bridge that connects Denmark to Sweden
We found a flea market!
Dragør has the cutest houses and cobblestone streets! We wandered around and took lots of photos (big surprise there!), and the town isn’t too big so it doesn’t take long to go through. After going through the neighborhood, we walked along the water and saw some of the newer houses.
Like I said before, we walked from Dragør to Store Magleby, which took longer than I thought and it was a pretty hot day. So if you don’t feel like walking for an hour, take the bus!
The Dutch farmers arrived in the 1500s, but Store Magleby has had settlements since around 200 AD. Matt and I visited the church and walked around the neighborhoods of thatched roof houses before catching the bus back to the airport.
So if you’re looking for a day trip from Copenhagen to take, I definitely recommend Dragør! It’s the prettiest Danish village and such a nice place to visit for a quiet escape from busy Copenhagen 🙂