Køge was founded by royal order at the first place south of Copenhagen that had a natural harbour. The order was issued in the years prior to 1288 when a town plan was designed. This plan is still valid for the old town centre. Køge was granted a municipal charter in 1288.
Køge is among the towns in Denmark that have the largest number of well preserved half timbered houses from the Renaissance period in its centre, including Denmark's oldest half timbered house from 1527, verified by a date inscription, and the oldest town hall still in use, dating from 1552.
Walking through the streets of Køge town centre, you will, on the one hand, enjoy the sight of the old, well preserved houses relating the long history of the town, and, on the other hand, you will see Køge as a modern, enterprising town with a vivid cultural and business life, which offers rich opportunities for holiday shopping etc.
Køge is in rapid progress. The most conspicuous reflection of this is the Køge Kyst development project for the South Harbour. New urban spaces and other features have already been established to integrate the new part of town.
Torvebyen is a car free neighbourhood with cosy urban homes, alleys and squares, cafés and shops. Single family houses with built-in future are an estate (Fremtiden) of low energy houses in Herfølge.