St. Magleby gadekær

Store Magleby – The Dutch Village

Photo: Annette Nyvang

Store Magleby has a unique and different history. In the 1500s the village was colonized by Dutch farmers who for 300 years lived here with their special language, special rules of law, and customs and traditions that differed markedly from other Danish villages.

The cultural heritage of the Dutch farmers can still be seen in the church and at the Amager Museum situated in two old farmhouses in the village.

Store Magleby is also one of the best-preserved farming villages in greater Copenhagen. In contrast to most other Danish villages it is not surrounded by modern housing. With its village pond, old road structure and faming land almost all around it, it has preserved its original character.


Today, the influence of the Dutch can be seen at the Shrovetide Feast, at the Harvest Service in Store Magleby Church and on other festive occasions. Amager folk costumes and traditions can also be studied at the Amager Museum.

Store Magleby Shrovetide Feast

Nowhere else in Denmark do they stick to the old Shrovetide traditions and rituals like in Store Magleby (and in Dragør for that matter).