south point of denmark

The Baltic Sea

The sea around the southern point Gedser Odde.

Sydfalster is on three sides surrounded by sea. To the east and south of the Baltic Sea and to the west of Guldborgsound separating Falster and Lolland.

The sea has had great impact on local fisheries, but even if Gedser has a fishing port, there is not much life left in that industry.

On the other hand Gedser has an international ferry route with ScandLines Gedser-Rostock.

Gedser was created about ferry services for more than 100 years ago. DSB started shipping to Warnemünde, after the second World War II the state company opened in 1951 a route to Grossenbrode, which was later closed when 'Fugleflugtslinien' from Rodby to Puttgarden in 1963 was inaugurated.

Instead, the Norwegian Ragnar Molzau started the route Gedser - Travemünde, that later since the reunification of Germany was changed to sail to Rostock instead of Travemünde, and have now been taken over by ScandLines.

The connection from Falster to Germany is not new. It has certainly been a reality since the 1200-1300, as the find of the Gedesby ship from the middle ages shows. At that time they sailed just from Gedesby.

From Gedser you may see to the south-west Roedsand (Redsand). Some elongated sand banks at normal water beach is drained and large parts of the year a popular playground for seals. There is created a seal sanctuary at Rødsand where all traffic is prohibited from March 1st to September 31st. Rødsand is often a great nuisance to boaters who do not know the area. Several times each summer the rescue boat from Gedser must go in action and help aground sailors come afloat.

Just north of Gedser the sailors have their own little paradise in the modern marina from 1979. The sailors are juxtaposed with Ferienpark Gedser. There is room for approx. 200 boats in the harbor, but the summer is pressed often so much that the fishing port may be used as a safe haven.

Falster is today a holiday paradise, which was commissioned Juli 28th 1906. The current Senior High School at Marielyst square opened as a seaside hotel, the year after the first holiday homes were built, and since it's been non-stop.

To the south at the Gedesby area the holiday home construction started in the 1960'es.

The entire east coast is "wrapped" behind high levees that protect the lowlands behind from the Baltic sometimes turbulent waters.

The first dikes were built in the 1500s by the Dutch, who immigrated to Bøtø. In 1860 an earnest dike construction, but in 1872 was the dikes was pierced by a great flood in which 22 people from Gedesby drowned. In 1875 the dikes were rebuilt - higher and more solid than before.

It is Falster Digelag (Dike Guild) who has the daily responsibility for the dikes.


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