Gedser in June 2008.
|Former county||Storstrøm (1970–2006)|
(seat : Nykøbing Falster)
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||(+45) ...|
Gedser is a town at the southern tip of the Danish island of Falster in the Guldborgsund Municipality in Sjælland region. It is the southernmost town in Denmark. The town has a population of 768 (1 January 2015). It is an important port town on the Baltic Sea.
Gedser was the first place German troops landed during the occupation of Denmark on April 9, 1940 at 3:55 in the morning. A number of armored cars and infantry troops hid in the ferry from Rostock and advanced into the harbor as soon as the ship docked, soon after followed by another ferry.
Until January 1, 2007, Gedser was a parish of the former municipality of Sydfalster (seat : Væggerløse) in Storstrøm County. In the Kommunalreformen ("The Municipality Reform" of 2007) that municipality merged with Nykøbing Falster, Nysted, Nørre Alslev, Sakskøbing and Stubbekøbing to form Guldborgsund Municipality.
A car ferry route has operated from Gedser to Rostock in Germany since 1995, served by Scandlines. Formerly, there were also train and car ferry routes to Großenbrode (1951–1963) and Warnemünde (1903–1995) and a car ferry route to Travemünde (1963–1990), all in Germany. A bridge linking Gedser to Rostock was proposed, although a decision was made in 2007 to support a planned fixed link across the Fehmarn Belt to the west of Gedser instead.
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