The port to commerce and leisure
For centuries, all important goods transport went by water. It wasn't until modern times that the sea came to be viewed as something that divided parts of the country. Even with the modern network of motorways and bridges, much heavy transport still takes the sea route. Despite Denmark's small size, it has a disproportionately long coastline – 7,300 kilometres in all. The multitude of islets and fjords makes waterways a natural choice for transport. Tides have little effect on Danish waters, and even though the waterways are shallow, ships have had easy access to market towns, thanks to pilots who helped ships through the trickiest and shallowest passages.
The vast majority of Medieval market towns were built near navigable waters, and the calm fjords and bays provided natural shelter for ships. The southern reaches of the West Jutland coast along the Wadden Sea register the biggest tidal differences of any of the country's waterways.…