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Blegerstræde 8

Dragør - The Old Town

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With its narrow streets and low houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, the town center is one of the best preserved cities in Denmark.

The Old Town has 76 listed properties as well as 5 on the harbor, which is the largest concentration of listed properties in a small town in Denmark.

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Characteristic for a Dragør house is a black-tiered pedestal, water-scoured and whitewashed exterior walls finished with white cornices. The red roof has upscaling and whitewashed smoking. The windows are broken and oil-painted. The style is simple and punchy.

Photo: Annette Nyvang

The old part of town

In 1611 there were 26 houses in Dragør, in 1677 another 27 and around 1700 the town consisted of 135 families. The building custom in the city can be divided into three periods - the three periods of prosperity - 1770, 1830 and 1890.

Major fires in 1842 and 1852, when a total of 36 houses were burned, provided extensive urban renewal. 13 'skipper houses' stand out by their beautiful proportions: Several are listed by builder J. H. Blichmann.

The painters Eckersberg and Julius Exner visited Dragør several times and found motifs for a number of pictures here.

"Kikkenborge" and Dogs Holes

Join us for the small view towers - or gazebos - on the roofs of the old houses. And hear about other delights of the city. 

Video is in Danish.

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The Bailiff's Square
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The Bailiff's Square

The Bailiff's Square (Fogdens Plads) has its name after the penultimate bailiff in Dragør - Isbrandt P. Schmidt - who worked 1870-1901 and lived in the house on Fogden's place 7.

The square was once ...

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Jens Eyberts Square
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Jens Eyberts Square

Jens Eyberts Square is perhaps the most picturesque square in the old town.

The site is named after skipper Jens Eybertsen, who lived 1756-1811. He owned number 6 on the square, which is a characteri...

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Dragør Inn
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Dragør Inn

The city's great builder, Johan Heinrich Blichmann, stands behind Dragør Inn in Strandgade, which is the largest building in the old town.

It was erected in the late 18th century and rebuilt in the f...

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Alleys
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Alleys

The houses in the old town are built in rows going east-west. To the south are the gardens of the houses, and to the south is the next house - which also has a garden to the south.

That pattern gives...

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The Street Names
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The Street Names

The Street Names in the old town are not as old as one might think.

In the 19th century, street names were obtained - probably according to demands from higher authorities - and there they chose to c...

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Wheelbarrow Alleyways
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Wheelbarrow Alleyways

On the eastern side of Strandstræde (Beach Street) there are several small Alleyways that connect Strandstræde with Strandlinien (Beach Edge), which is parallel to Strandstræde.

Originally, it was wh...

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Kings Street
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Kings Street

Kings Street (Kongevejen), which today is the most important commercial street in Dragør, and the main artery of the old town, was paved in 1790.

Here is an old milestone with Christian VII's monogra...

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Badstuevælen Square
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Badstuevælen Square

The square Badstuevælen has its somewhat irregular shape because it has been the city's clay grave where the residents brought clay to the clay-clad houses. It served as a clay tomb for well into the ...

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Hollyhocks
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Hollyhocks

In the season you will find Hollyhocks, Alcea Rosea, everywhere in the old town.

They pop up between the crevices of the cobblestones and color the city in all colors: from delicate white, cream and ...

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Strandstræde 10
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Strandstræde 10

In Time Travel, the main character Sofie lives in Strandstræde 10.

Strandstræde is one of the oldest street courses in the city, which means that its origins must be traced back to the 17th century.

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