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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.
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Spring is filled with music! Check the concert programmes from the local music venues. There are as many as three of them in the Køge region: Bygningen and Tapperiet in Køge and Portalen in Greve. The music venues present plenty of good music of all genres. You can buy your tickets at VisitKøge.
Planning the cycling tour Planning your cycling holiday, it is good to be able to draw up the lines of your tour. Check out Cyclistic.dk to make your own personal route und pick the sights you want to visit on the tour.
Would you like a conducted tour? It may be rather pleasant walking around the museums on your own, studying their exhibtions, but joining a conducted tour can add considerably to the experience.
New App for Smartphones The partnership TUGRAPP has developed a tourist app as a tool to present the 17th century history of both the city of Køge in Denmark and Hovdala Castle in Swedish Hässleholm. The development of the app is a step forward for tourist information. It is intended for tourists seeking cultural experiences. The new app guides visitors on to more experiences in Køge and Hässleholm. The point of departure is our common Danish-Swedish past and the traces of history we share.
Enjoy a cold glass of beer to jazz music in one of Køge’s many cosy courtyards, or lively Irish folk music on the harbour with its ”Nyhavn atmosphere”.
What is there to see? On city walks in central Køge, 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.
When the internet is not enough Nowadays you can plan your holiday in advance by means of brochures and the internet, book accommodation and make plans for what to see and experience.
You can do a lot of things that don’t cost a penny! Be your own tour guideExplore Køge’s old town centre with a free city walk map in your hand. The map which is yours to pick up at VisitKøge, describes the stately, well preserved houses in town. If you have a Smartphone, you can get 12 stories from Køge’s history canon for your phone when you walk around town. Download the app Layar to get the local part of the history canon. It also includes a quiz to solve and a word hunt.