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At a glance

In the center of Stubbekøbing is the historic town center from the 18th century, whose buildings and streets are partly listed. Vestergade is the main shopping street and Torvet Square is the town's central square, where the church and the historic town hall are also located. The town center is surrounded by heterogeneous structures consisting of single-family house areas, terraced houses and individual commercial and industrial sites. There are also some vacation homes and a campsite on the outskirts of the town. In terms of urban development, Stubbekøbing is largely characterized by one to two-storey buildings and "flat" house typologies. The former fishing harbor with its characteristic grain silos is a reminder of the town's history, but is now used by a recycling company. Lystanlægget Park is the city's central green space.

Character & urban structure 

The history of Stubbekøbing

Character & urban structure

Due to the strong population growth at the beginning of the 20th century, the city grew beyond its historical boundaries. Since then, the population and economic development have stagnated, but further urban expansion has taken place, particularly on the outskirts. During Denmark's structural reform in 2007, the former municipality of Stubbekøbing was incorporated into the new municipality of Guldborgsund and lost its role as an administrative center. For the period 2015-2020, a city-wide "area renewal" was carried out on the basis of a development concept. In addition, there are various overarching concepts at municipal level, such as the 2022 plan strategy, a housing potential analysis 2018, the 2020-2024 settlement strategy and a climate protection and climate adaptation plan (2023 and 2014 respectively).

Development of Stubbekøbing in the 20th century

Current challenges & projects

Similar to many other small (coastal) towns in Denmark, Stubbekøbing has lost more and more of its economic importance in the past, not only due to its incorporation. This is reflected in the townscape, for example, by vacant buildings. In the long term, a decline in population is also to be expected in the entire municipality, and an ageing trend is already apparent. Furthermore, despite the desire to strengthen tourism, it is only possible to keep tourists in the city to a limited extent. Due to its geographical location, there is also a particular risk of rising sea levels and flooding in the future. One project worth mentioning is the planned development of former port silos into an art and cultural center of international stature (Project 4850).


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