Højbro (lit. "High Bridge") is a bridge in central Copenhagen, Denmark. It connects the small island Slotsholmen with its Christiansborg Palace to the rest of the city centre at the square Højbro Plads which is named after it. The current bridge at the site is from 1878 and was designed by Vilhelm Dahlerup.

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Højbro with Nordic Council's Building as a backdrop
Coordinates55°40′39″N 12°34′48″E / 55.6776°N 12.5799°E / 55.6776; 12.5799Coordinates: 55°40′39″N 12°34′48″E / 55.6776°N 12.5799°E / 55.6776; 12.5799
CarriesMotor vehicles, pedestrian and bicycle traffic
CrossesSlotsholmens Kanal
LocaleCopenhagen, Denmark
DesignArch bridge
DesignerVilhelm Dahlerup


The old Højbro Bridge in 1830 with Ved Stranden in the background
Højbro in 1839 with women selling fish at Gammel Strand, painting by Wilhelm Petersen

There has been a bridge at the site since the middle ages. The current bridge was built in 1878 to a design by Vilhelm Dahlerup, who also renewed Holmens Bro and Børsbroen, two other Slotsholmen bridges, which were later dismantled and replaced by other bridges. It was expanded to its current width in the 1960s.[1]


The bridge is made of steel and rests on a granite plinth.[2]

Agnete and the MermanEdit

The underwater bronze sculpture Agnete and the Merman, designed by Suste Bonnén, is placed in the canal next to the bridge. Its subject is taken from a story in Danish folklore.[3][4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Broer" (in Danish). indenforvoldene.dk. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  2. ^ "Glemte broer i København" (in Danish). abora.users.whitehat.dk/kbh.htm. Archived from the original on 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  3. ^ "Agnete og Havmanden" (in Danish). Københavns Kommune. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  4. ^ "Visit The Underwater Statue In Copenhagen: Agnete and the Merman". Retrieved 2012-09-07.

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