Darling Dragør Denmark

Do a day trip from Copenhagen


Need to escape the hustle? Put aside the bustle. Do yourself a favor and get out of the city for a day. Make it a day date. Or an overnight. Enjoy an authentic Danish village less than a 30-minute drive from the capital Copenhagen. Do you know darling little Dragør? Every time we visit, I can’t believe how close we are to the city. It feels a world away. And while I love it in summer when the warm, shallow water of the sound beckons a swim, Dragør holds its appeal throughout the year.

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Explørdag – Volume I – Dragør

Yellow dressed Dragør charm lit up against the Danish winter sky over Øresund

Saturday in Denmark is Lørdag – pronounced luhr-da – for us it is expløre-day. For the first in our series of Saturday excursions from Copenhagen, I want to introduce you to Dragør.

Dragør Strand Hotel
Dragør Strand Hotel

I adore Dragør. Only 30 minutes or so from our house in Østerbro – just 12 km from center Copenhagen – Dragør is a fishing village not far from the airport that has origins in the 12th century. We spent American Thanksgiving here. Right on the water – the gamle (old) town is chock full of mustard yellow housed charm that you can’t help strolling through. We stayed at the Dragør Strand Hotel, which has well-appointed family apartments in the rear complete with decks and kitchens and washer/dryer in our unit. It also had American Football on the local cable – so we could watch our Eagles and Seahawks in their respective battles… LIVE. Mind you, live may have been in the middle of the night for us viewers in Denmark. But some of us (not me) stayed up to watch! The commentating was presented in Danish, but we definitely understood the game!

I can recommend the Dragør Bistro for its local charm and good smørrebrød. Looking for lovely service, good menu and nice views of the water and Øresund Bridge to Sweden – go to Café Espersen down the docks from the Strand Hotel.

Enjoy the pics and if you have extra time visiting Copenhagen – I can definitely recommend a side trip to Dragør.

Dragør Harbor
Dragør Harbor docks looking over to Sweden