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Old Taarnby

Tårnby (Danish pronunciation: [ˈtsʰɒːnˌpyˀ]) is a town in Denmark, the seat of Tårnby Municipality in the Capital Region of Denmark. It is located approximately 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) south of central Copenhagen on the island of Amager. Neighbouring settlements include the Copenhagen suburb of Sundbyvester to the north and Kastrup to the south. Copenhagen Airport is situated to the east of Tårnby. It includes the islets Saltholm and Peberholm.


While there's no clear date for the founding of Tårnby, archaeological expeditions prior to the building of the Øresund Bridge suggests that the first traces of Tårnby have originated around the 12th century, around a farm from which the village grew.[1]

In the 16th century the Danish King Christian II invited Dutch settlers to Amager. Because of this, Tårnby, like the neighbouring city Dragør, also has small traces of Dutch history and culture.[2]

In 1970, Tårnby also became the administrative division of the adjacent city of Kastrup, as part of a larger reform of the Danish counties.[3]


The town is situated in the island of Amager, close to Dragør, in the southern suburbs of Copenhagen and is part of the capital's urban area. The terrain is quite flat and doesn't rise more than 8 meters (appr. 26 feet) above sea level. Tårnby also incorporates the islands of Saltholm and Peberholm, natural and artificial respectively, both situated in the Øresund Strait.

While Tårnby has a history of farming, it has been almost completely urbanised, leaving only small traces of farmland in the southernmost parts.[4] The westernmost part of the municipality contains Amager Fælled, a protected wildlife and recreational area. As such, the area is primarily used for birdwatching and various recreational activities. However, in recent years urban development have limited the area significantly.

Notable people[edit]

Carl Alstrup, 1909


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tårnby Kommune - forhistorie" (in Danish). Den Store Danske. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  2. ^ http://taarnbybib.dk/forside/stads-_og_lokalarkivet/hvad_er_lokalhistorie/trnby_historie
  3. ^ da:Tidslinje for Danmarks historie
  4. ^ Tårnby Kommune historie (danish)
  5. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 31 July 2020

External links[edit]

Media related to Tårnby at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 55°38′N 12°36′E / 55.633°N 12.600°E / 55.633; 12.600