It is now 55 years ago the ferry route between Rødby and Puttgarden was established. Since then 294 million passengers between Denmark and Germany have been transported on the ferry route, which was originally an operation started by Danish King Frederik the 9th.
Although the idea for a ferry route across the Fehmarn Belt dates further back. Already in 1454 King Christian I expressed a wish to establish a ferry route that would connect Denmark and Germany, after he had found this route via the main road ” grumme langweilig”.
But as history took its course, 500 years went by before King Frederik the 9th and the German union president Heinrich Lübke could open the ferry route on May 14 1963.
During the first years, the number of departures on the direct route was 8.524 a year. This number has since blown up to 34.000 yearly departures. Every half hour, all day and night, ferries departure from Rødby and Puttgarden that connects the separate countries in the midst of 45 minutes.
In 2017 alone, Scandlines transported a total of 2,5 million vehicles and over 7,6 million passengers on the routes bewtween Rødby-Puttgarden and Gedser-Rostock, which has become an important part of the European infrastructure.
Watch the video of the ferry routes initiation in 1963 beneath