An attractive old seaside market town


For the last 6 years Korsør hosted tourists from 9 cruise ships. The town is situated around a harbour which for centuries has been an important part of its inhabitants' daily life. To move from the southern part of the town to the northern, or vice versa, citizens have to pass over a bridge which at certain times of the day will be raised in order to let ships in or out of the fiord. Boats, vessels, merchant ships and the occasional cruise liner are regular visitors.

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hallAt the end of Havnegade on the left hand side stands a little grey building which was originally built as a port office and harbour master’s residence. From 1919 to 1941, the house served as the mayor’s office, and it was then a police station until 1984 when it was again taken over by the Municipality of Korsør. From the “turret” at the back of the building the pilot used to be able to look out over the Great Belt and see when a ship was nearing the port – and was thus in need of a pilot. The present town hall cost a total of DKK 779,522 and was opened on November 15th 1941. Take a look inside and see what the town received for its money – a truly beautiful building. Note the fine marble floors and columns. If possible, try to have a look at the Town Council Hall, and see the impressive pictures of “Life in Korsør” as it was at the beginning of the 1940s.
jens-baggThe tour continues to “Havnepladsen” (the Harbour Square), where there is a statue of the town’s most famous son, the poet Jens Baggesen. He stands with a flower, a pansy,in his hand to symbolise the way in which the ill treatment he received in Denmark disallowed his talent to blossom. You are now in Havnegade, which was built after 1850 on reclaimed land. Not so long ago, did the waters of the Great Belt come right op to where the houses of Algade now stand.
rosenstaedeA side street leading off Slottensgade. The sweet scent called to mind by the name (which means “Rose Street” in English) was intended to counterbalance the stench that once infused the street. This used to be a “street of ill repute”, packed with bars etc. Note that, unusually, the gutter runs along the centre of the road. Gutters were usually positioned closer to the houses. The reason for this anomaly is that when people left the bars, they were often somewhat unsteady on their feet, and had to prop themselves up against the walls of the neighbouring houses, and they preferred not to have to negotiate a gutter first. Therefore, the gutter was positioned in the middle of the road!
fortressAfter a quick tour along the fishing harbour, we have reached Korsør Fortress – also known as the Coastal Battery. The well-preserved medieval tower here is well worth a visit, as is the great Magazine building of King Christian IV, which now houses the Korsør Town and Crossing Museum. Take a walk around the Fortress construction and enjoy the view from the top of the bastions.
From the fortress grounds, there are views of two of the town’s distinguished buildings, the old railway station and Hotel Storebælt. The old railway station from 1907 was closed down when the Great Belt Fixed Link was established. Hotel Storebælt was built as a hotel when the railway came to Korsør in 1856. This hotel was where Hans Christian Andersen liked to spend the night in the course of his travels around Denmark.
slottensSlottensgade led to Korsør Castle, which has now been demolished. The castle gave the street its name (the Danish word "slot" means castle). During 300 years when crossings to Fyn started from the southern part of the town, Slottensgade was home to boat owners and sailors, as well as officials from the postal service and customs authorities. At that time, the street also contained numerous hostels for travellers. Several of the houses in the street date back to the 1700s, having been built following one of the fires that often swept through towns in ages past. Many of the houses are built of stone from the now demolished Korsør Castle. Number 5 Slottensgade is the address of the "White Swan", a very old hostel with a white swan over the door. Number 1 Slottensgade is the address of "Postgården", at one time the finest hostelry in town, which could be seen from afar on the waters of the Great Belt. Many a traveller has spent the night here, and many have taken a cup of coffee and a little food here to recover from the worst effects of seasickness. The old building has recently been restored to its former glory, only now it contains modern, well-furnished apartments. Until 1920, the waters of the Great Belt came all the way op to the end of Slottensgade. The marina and the naval station are built on reclaimed land.

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BOUDICCA 21/5-2006 Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

BOUDICCA 21/5-2006 Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Cruisers from past six years

DISCOVERY 18/5-2007 Voyages of Discovery

DISCOVERY 18/5-2007 Voyages of Discovery

Cruisers from past six years

DISCOVERY 3/9-2007 Voyages of Discovery

DISCOVERY 3/9-2007 Voyages of Discovery

Cruisers from past six years

BLACK WATCH 23/7-2008 Fred Olsen Lines

BLACK WATCH 23/7-2008 Fred Olsen Lines

Cruisers from past six years

EXPLORER 29/7-2008 Silversea or V.Ship (university ship)

EXPLORER 29/7-2008 Silversea or V.Ship (university ship)

Cruisers from past six years

DISCOVERY 13/8-2008 Voyages of Discovery

DISCOVERY 13/8-2008 Voyages of Discovery

Cruisers from past six years

DISCOVERY 26/8-2008 Voyages of Discovery

DISCOVERY 26/8-2008 Voyages of Discovery

Cruisers from past six years

M/S SAGA PEARL II 29/7-2010 Saga Shipping Company Ltd

M/S SAGA PEARL II 29/7-2010 Saga Shipping Company Ltd

Cruisers from past six years

M/S BLACK WATCH 19/6-2010 Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

M/S BLACK WATCH 19/6-2010 Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
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  • BOUDICCA 21/5-2006 Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

    BOUDICCA 21/5-2006 Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

  • DISCOVERY 18/5-2007 Voyages of Discovery

    DISCOVERY 18/5-2007 Voyages of Discovery

  • DISCOVERY 3/9-2007 Voyages of Discovery

    DISCOVERY 3/9-2007 Voyages of Discovery

  • BLACK WATCH 23/7-2008 Fred Olsen Lines

    BLACK WATCH 23/7-2008 Fred Olsen Lines

  • EXPLORER 29/7-2008 Silversea or V.Ship (university ship)

    EXPLORER 29/7-2008 Silversea or V.Ship (university ship)

  • DISCOVERY 13/8-2008 Voyages of Discovery

    DISCOVERY 13/8-2008 Voyages of Discovery

  • DISCOVERY 26/8-2008 Voyages of Discovery

    DISCOVERY 26/8-2008 Voyages of Discovery

  • M/S SAGA PEARL II 29/7-2010 Saga Shipping Company Ltd

    M/S SAGA PEARL II 29/7-2010 Saga Shipping Company Ltd

  • M/S BLACK WATCH 19/6-2010 Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

    M/S BLACK WATCH 19/6-2010 Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

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