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Introducing Køge

The country’s largest town square sits at the heart of Køge, creating an open, relaxed feel from the off. The main joy here is to wander the narrow cobbled streets containing Denmark’s best-preserved 17th- and 18th-century buildings. Add in a decent array of independent shops and tempting restaurants, and your maximum walking speed will be a lazy amble.

Køge is also a thriving fishing and trade centre. There are narrow beaches along the bay to the north and south of town, although you’ll need to ignore the somewhat industrial backdrop of the modern commercial harbour.

In 1677 a vital naval engagement was fought in the waters off Køge. Known as the Battle of Køge Bay, it made a legend of Danish admiral Niels Juel, who resoundingly defeated the attacking Swedish navy.


Køge Turistbureau (56 67 60 01; www.visitkoege.com; Vestergade 1; 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, Sat 10am-1pm)

Library (56 65 23 00; www.koegebib.dk; Kirkestræde 18; 10am-8pm Mon, 10am-6pm Tue-Fri, 10am-1pm Sat year-round, plus 10am-1pm Sun Oct-Mar) Free internet access.

Nordea (56 63 33 33; Torvet 14; 9.30am-4pm Mon-Fri, to 6pm Thu) Bank with ATMs.

Post office (70 12 40 00; Jernstøbervænget 2; 10am-5.30pm Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm Sat)