Dragør is situated right at the end of Amager with woods and green fields on one side and the blue waves of Øresund on the other, which makes the village perfect for camping.
With only 12 km to the Town Hall Square of Copenhagen, Dragør is situated close to the Danish capital. Especially the beautiful settings near Øresund, with paddocks, meadows and woods nearby makes the village unique. Furthermore, the well-preserved old villages of Dragør and Store Magleby with their cosy surroundings are exceptional. Besides the beautiful scenery, we have a busy harbour with fishing boats and yachts, good shops, excellent restaurants, fascinating museums and last but not least a very special atmosphere.
People have lived in Dragør for ages because of its ideal position. In the Middle Ages herring were plentiful in the Øresund, and Dragør was internationally recognised as an important market place for the Hanseatic merchants. But as the herring industry died out, so did the trading.
Dragør’s first real harbour was built in the beginning of the 17 th century by Dutch farmers, who had settled in Store Magleby in 1521. They exported horses from here and some of them settled in Dragør and became seamen. Other people came to Dragør as well, above all many Scanians from South Sweden who did not want to be Swedes after Denmark had ceded Scania to Sweden in 1658. The village developed into a prosperous shipping town whose male population provided for their families as seamen or skippers plying the oceans, by piloting ships through the narrow fairway in Drogden, and by offering salvage assistance to ships, which ran aground outside the fairway. Dragør skippers were wealthy and well-respected people. Today, shipping is no longer important and only few fishermen are left.