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Løgstør coat of arms
Løgstør (Denmark)
Basic data
State : DenmarkDenmark Denmark
Region : North Jylland
Region : North Jylland
(since 2007) :
Coordinates : 56 ° 58 '  N , 9 ° 15'  E Coordinates: 56 ° 58 '  N , 9 ° 15'  E
Population :
Postal code : 9670 Løgstør
Website: www.muslingebyen.dk
Limfjord Museum
Limfjord Museum
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Løgstør is a small Danish town on the Himmerland peninsula in northern Jutland . The city with around 4400 inhabitants is located on Løgstør Bredning , the largest fairway in the Limfjord . Since 2007 it has belonged to the large municipality of Vesthimmerland , which is located in the Nordjylland region . Before that, from 1970 to December 2006, it was the center of Løgstør Municipality . Løgstør advertises as a holiday destination with the nickname "Shell Town".


In 1514 the place was still called Løgstedør , which is made up of the village name Løgsted ("place with onions") and ør (roughly " gravel bank "). The town flourished in the 16th century when the herring fishery promised a profitable business. To make it easier to collect taxes, Frederick II decreed in 1516 that herring could only be salted in two places on the Limfjord - in Aalborg and on the beach north of the village of Løgsted . The settlement of Løgstedør began with the ordinance, the name of which was later shortened to Løgstør . In the following centuries, the place grew, whose inhabitants mainly devoted themselves to herring fishing until the beginning of the 19th century. After the North Sea broke into Limford near the Agger Tange headland in 1825, herring disappeared from the fjord and fishing fell. Merchants replaced the fishermen who traded with northern European cities by sea, although this was illegal as Løgstør did not yet have market rights with the associated trading privileges.

The shoal of Løgstørgrund to the west brought work to many residents, as they were busy pulling the ships out of the area. This source of income disappeared with the construction of the 4.4 kilometer long Friedrich VII Canal (Frederik den VII's Canal) , which was opened by the said king in 1861. The canal, which runs parallel to the coast, was closed again in 1913 after a fairway was dug through the shallows. In the second half of the 19th century, industrialization brought the place economic upswing. Løgstør got a brewery, a clothes factory and an iron foundry. The fact that Løgstør only received market rights in 1900 and was henceforth allowed to call itself købstad ("provincial town") is due to the competitive thinking of the Aalborger, who were not previously prepared to grant Løgstørern extended trading privileges.

In the north of Løgstør, the Aggersund Bridge was opened in 1942 , which has been required by Løgstør citizens since the 1920s. The bridge over the Limfjord connects the city with the North Jutland island of Vendsyssel-Thy . On the Løgstører side, the German occupiers set up some bunkers to watch the traffic over the 228 meter long bridge.

Around 1980, many fishermen switched to mussel fishing, which is still the most important line of business in the Limfjord fishery today. This gave Løgstør the nickname of shell town, on which the town's tourist marketing is based intensively.


Løgstører Church (Løgstør Kirke)

The town center consists of old houses, which were mainly built in the 19th century for fishermen and sailors. One of these buildings is the home of the writer and poet Johan Skjoldborg , who lived there from 1917 until his death in 1936. The yellow house with a view of the Limfjord is a gift from Danish cottagers who thanked him for describing their living conditions. The Løgstør library houses Denmark's largest collection of Skjoldborg's works.

The neo-Gothic brick church Løgstør Kirke was built in 1893 and completely renovated in 1993. The church, which is surrounded by a starry sky, is shown in Løgstør's coat of arms. Løgstør cemetery has existed since 1861, making it older than the church. Johan Skjoldborg's grave is also located there.

The Limfjord Museum, which lies between the Limford and Løgstør Canal, is housed in the former apartment of the canal vogts and deals with the maritime cultural history of the fjord. In front of the museum building on Friedrich VII. Canal lie some of the old fishing boats that are maintained by the associated museum shipyard. The canal, which has been a listed building since 1958, is also part of the museum, as is the neighboring swing bridge , which was completed in 1861 . The 25-ton bridge is opened once a month, weekly in July, for and by tourists.


In spring the city celebrates the Muslingehøstfest . With the “Mussel Harvest Festival” the mussels from the Limfjord are ceremonially released for consumption. The guild masters meet every year as soon as the first harvested mussels and oysters reach Løgstør harbor and do not approve the shellfish until they are deemed ripe. Another event is the Løgstør Open Air Music Festival in August . It is one of the largest events in Vesthimmerland Municipality. In September, Løgstør is the starting port of Limfjorden Rundt , a regatta for wooden sailing ships.


Jeld-Wen has a production site and European headquarters in Løgstør .



  • Søren Olsen: Løgstør . In: Danmarks Købstæder . Politics Forlag A / S, Copenhagen 2000, ISBN 87-567-6203-8 , p. 56 ff . (Danish).

Web links

Commons : Løgstør  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Statistics banks -> Befolkning og valg -> BY1: Folketal January 1st efter byområde, alder og køn (Danish)
  2. Henrik Lange: Portræt af Aggersundbroen ( Memento of the original from January 6, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. in Highways.dk , accessed September 30, 2010 (Danish) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.highways.dk
  3. Løgstør Kirke: Løgstør Kirke  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed on September 30, 2010 (Danish)@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.logstorkirke.dk  
  4. Muslingebyen Løgstør: Muslingehøstfest , accessed on September 30, 2010 (Danish)