COPENHAGEN — Amager

This area is found southwest of the city centre and is home to Copenhagen Airport. In recent years it has undergone lots of development and the once island is now connected to the mainland via a bridge. There is an interesting contrast in this district between the ultra modern parts and the old fishing villages such as Dragør and the beautiful and unspoilt wetlands of Kalvebod Fælled.

The sights found here are:
Havnebadet
Mogens Dahl Koncertsal
Bella Center
Kalvebod Fælled
Dragør
Kastrup Fort
Amager Strand Park
Kastrupgårdsamlingen
Saltholm
Flakfortet

Havnebadet

Havnebadet
This is a very popular park area and city beach. You will find enclosed salt water pools including ones especially for children. There are all the usual facilities here and it is free.

Mogens Dahl Koncertsal
This privately owned concert hall is housed in some old stables. To find out what is playing visit the website.
For information about the Mogens Dahl Koncertsal visit the website at: http://www.mogensdahl.dk

Bella Center
This is a huge convention and exhibition centre where you may find something to your taste. Visit the website to find out what’s on.
For information about the centre visit the website at: http://www.bellacenter.dk

Kalvebod Fælled

Kalvebod Fælled
Kalvebod Fælled covers an area of around 5,000 acres and consists of wetlands, beaches, forests and lakes. The area is full of wildlife such as birds and deer. You can ride a bike, ride a horse or just walk and enjoy this peaceful sanctuary that is so close to the city centre.

Dragør

Dragør
This is an old seafaring town that is found around 5 kilometres south of the airport. The town dates back to the 12th century and was once an important fishing port for one of the largest fishing fleets in Denmark. This area has connections to the Dutch because a small group of Dutch farmers were asked to settle nearby to teach the Danish how to farm the area. Dutch and German was still spoken in Amager until the 19th century. The town of Dragør is a very popular tourist attraction because of its well-preserved historical yellow buildings as well as the narrow, winding cobblestone streets and the many restaurants. Also near here is Dragør Fort where you can take in the wonderful views over the town and over to Sweden and the magnificent Øresund Bridge. At the pier there is a small museum located in a building dating from 1682 which contains exhibitions about the history of the town from its origin up to WW2. A highlight of the museum is the fishing boat owned by the museum that rescued more than 70 Danish Jews by sailing them to Sweden. It is found at the harbour.
For information about Dragør Museum visit the following website: http://www.museumamager.dk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=4

Traveller's Tip

Make sure you visit the harbour pier where you can see the many fishing boats selling their daily catch.
  • If you are travelling with children make sure you bring along some bread to feed the many ducks, swans and other birds that wait to be fed at the harbour pier.
    Kastrup Fort

    Kastrup Fort
    This is one of Copenhagen’s old fortifications and it is found near Amager Strand Park. There is very little left of the original fortification buildings other than the moat, walls and a few other buildings. You can get a nice view of the Øresund from here. There are also catacombs to visit where you can see bullet holes from Nazi executions that were held here during WW2.

    Amager Strand Park

    Amager Strand Park
    This is one of the largest beaches near the city of Copenhagen and it is an artificial island just off the coast which is connected by three narrow bridges. Here you will find sandy beaches, sand dunes down one end and a boat harbour, playing fields, a picnic site, and places to walk at the other end.
    For information about the Amager Strand Park visit the website at: http://www.amager-strand.dk

    Traveller's Tip

    This is a great spot to spend a warm summer evening but be aware because of its popularity it can be rather crowded.

    Kastrupgårdsamlingen
    This museum is found in a beautiful old country home dating from the 18th century. The museum contains a large collection of graphics from mainly Danish artists including the Cobra artists. There is also a temporary exhibition space. Admission is free.
    For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.kastrupgaardsamlingen.dk (in Danish only)

    Saltholm

    Saltholm
    This is a large island off the coast of Amager that is very flat and because of this it is relatively uninhabited as it is very prone to flooding. The main reason that you would visit it is for the birds found here some of which are very rare. There are also seal colonies on the southern end of the island. You can only get to the island by a private boat such as the private fishing vessel which leaves from the small marina near the Kestrup metro station. The number to call is +4520777801.

    Flakfortet

    Flakfortet
    This is another artificial island that was built to guard the entrance to Copenhagen Harbour. On the island there is a restaurant and even a place to stay which organises tours around the island. You can reach Flakfortet via a ferry which you catch from a pier found south of the Nyhavn area.
    For information about the ferry visit the website at: http://sparshipping.dk/gb/