Sunday, August 23, 2009

A yellow town

The town of Dragør on Amager 12 km from Copenhagen is known for its old quarter next to the harbour. In this area almost all of the houses are yellow, small and very close to each other. To walk around here is almost like entering a maze with the many narrow alleys and identically houses. Dragør has been a fishing village since the 12th Century and the main catch has been herrings, so the old houses were used by the fishermen, dockworkers and merchants. Its heyday ended when the sailing ships were replaced by steam in the 1880's and now it's a sleepy but picturesque town.