Cultural environment – Rødbyhavn

View over Rødbyhavn harbour

Rødbyhavn started as an industrial town, and remains as such today. The town's first workplace was a shipyard. Today, the industrial harbour environment is mainly adorned by the large silos of the agricultural industry.


Cultural environment

In physical planning, a valuable cultural environment is defined as a geographically delimited area, which in its appearance reflects significant traits of societal development. The valuable cultural environments are the responsibility of the municipalities, pursuant to, among others, the Danish Planning Act's Section 11a, subs. 14. This means that the municipalities are responsible for mapping, selecting and safeguarding cultural environment values.


Rødbyhavn is a town of only about 100 years. The town emerged with the construction of a shipyard with appertaining industrial buildings and homes for officials and workers. When the shipyard went bankrupt in 1924, the institution Rødbygård/Kofoedsminde was established in the former shipyard buildings and in new buildings constructed for the institution. The shipyard buildings by the harbour were subsequently used by a cement plant, and many other industries were also set up in the town. With the establishment of the Fugleflugtslinje in 1963, the town was expanded to include a new transport ferry facility and related new buildings. What makes the town particularly interesting - and thus vulnerable to change - is that its history and different phases and themes remain very clear and well-preserved in the urban and harbour landscape.


Streetview from Rødbyhavn

The houses at K. H. Kofoedsvej were built for shipyard workers around 1916. In the background, the factory smokestack is a reminder of the town's status as an industrial town.