Bagenkop

 

 

Bagenkop is a port town on southern Langeland with 456 inhabitants (2020), located 52 km south of Lohals, 27 km southwest of Spodsbjerg and 25 km south of the municipal seat Rudkøbing. Bagenkop belongs to Langeland Municipality and is located in the Region of Southern Denmark.

In 2011, the association "Villages in Denmark" named Bagenkop "Village of the Year".

 

History

The Society of Sciences called the city Barnkop. At the end of the 19th century it was called Bagnkop and was a fishing village with 65 vessels. The harbor was built in 1858, expanded in 1899 and had a harbor lighthouse. There was a shipping place, grocery store, granary, mill, beach inspector's residence, telegraph and telephone station.

The railway
Bagenkop was the terminus on the Langelandsbanen (1911-62). The monumental station building, designed by architect Helge Bojsen-Møller, has been preserved on Stationsvej 6 and houses the Magleby-Bagenkop Local History Archive. Small sections of the track's track east of the station and of the harbor track's track west of the station have been preserved.

The ferry
From 1965, Bagenkop had a ferry route to Kiel in Germany. Although it also transported German tourists to Langeland and Funen, it suffered the same fate as other liquor routes, as duty-free sales when sailing between EU countries lapsed. The ferry Langeland III, which had been sailing on the route since 1989, was sold to Croatia and sailed its last trip on 30 December 1998. The company resumed operations with a chartered ferry on 1 March 1999, as there was a prospect of extending duty-free sales. It missed and the operation stopped after 4 months. The shipping company Difko tried on the route in 2000, but ended on 1 November after almost half a year, which had resulted in a deficit of DKK 5 million. kr.

Sydlangelands Maritime Efterskole
Sydlangelands Maritime Efterskole, which for many years was the city's largest workplace, closed in 2014 after trying to change its name to Actionskolen. A later attempt to revive the school has failed.