8-day itinerary – 5 to 8
We got up early the next morning for enjoying a full day in Denmark’s capital city Copenhagen. The day we visited it, it was the Copenhagen triathlon on and the city was full of people literally running around and a lot of the streets were closed to traffic which made it more enjoyable to walk around. I write an own post about a day-trip in Copenhagen.
After our very well spent day in the capital, it was time for us to leave the beautiful country Denmark and cross the border to Malmö in Sweden. It is a stunning 50 mins ride over the long Oresund Bridge. The bridge is the longest combined rail and road bridge in Europe and is almost 8 km long. If you cross that border, you never come to any checkpoint or anything but just have to pay the maut of 56,00 Euros one-way! Because the border crossing is that expensive, I wouldn’t recommend to go just for a day-trip but at least to stay there for a night or two or even longer. We stayed at First Camp Malmö in a cozy new hut for up to 4 people. However, they also have a camp ground and bigger huts. The location is beautiful directly next to the waterfront with a beach and swimming areas, campfire possibilities, big grass areas for playing sports and perfect area for a stroll along the water. For the hut we payed 197,00 Euros for two nights. Bring your own linen here as well.
Use the day to explore Sweden. We enjoyed going to Malmö and to visit the Malmöhus Castle which is built in the 16th century in a Renaissance style. It houses the Malmö Museum (website in Swedish: http://malmo.se/museer ).
Opening hours daily 10 am – 17:00
Entrance fee: adults 40 SEK, children (0-19) Free, students 20 SEK
Around the Castle you will find a pretty nice Castle garden with a fountain. There we saw a “meeting” of Pokémon Go players as it seemed there was a Pokémon arena. Everybody was staring at their phones and nobody was talking to each other. What a strange world we are living in by now…
Another side in Malmö is the Turning Torso, the tallest building in Scandinavia. I am pretty sure you won’t miss it, as you can see it from all over the city. The building won already different awards in 2005 and 2015.
If you are up for some swimming, the best spot to go to the beach is Ribersborg Beach in Malmö. In case you want to go out to eat in a restaurant, we got recommended Far i Hatten (Father in the hat) which is supposed to have great food and drinks. As I said earlier, we had all our food with us and it was way too expensive for us to eat out, we never tried it.
As Malmö isn’t that big, we also decided to drive all the way to Lund to explore that beautiful old historical city center. The old Lund University has very nice-looking buildings and it is magical to walk around that campus. When I was there, I nearly wanted to study again. ^^
Another must-see is Lund Cathedral which is the oldest cathedral in Scandinavia. It was built in the 12th century in a Romanesque style. I have seen already a lot of different churches during my travels but I would consider Lund Cathedral as the most beautiful church I have ever seen in my life. When I entered it took my breath away and I immediately had the same feeling as I had while standing in front of Uluru, in Australia: that is a magical place and God seems to live there.
Opening hours: daily from 8 am to 18:00; Entrance FREE.
Lund also has to offer some good restaurants as we were told but never tried. The recommended places were: a good Asian restaurant called Ihsiri where you should try the superb Pad Thai, Bytaregatan 14, 222 23 Lund.
A good Sushi place called Rå Epok, Klostergatan 7, 222 22 Lund. Or great places for having a beer: Inferno, Paradisgatan 1, 223 55 Lund and Café Ariman, Kungsgatan 2, 223 50 Lund which apparently is more of a student meeting point, very nice and friendly.
We drove back to Copenhagen to do some shopping there and afterwards we drove for about 2,5 hours to Mons Klint which are the highest chalk cliffs in Denmark with up to 120 m high going straight down to the Baltic sea. If the weather is good, you can see the chalk cliffs of Rügen, Germany on the other side of the ocean and vise versa.
You will also find the Geocenter Mons Klint there which explains the whole geological backround. We didn’t enter as we preferred to go hiking and explore the beautiful landscape.
The whole area around Mons Klint consists of woodland and you can do a nice hiking tour from the Geocenter Mons Klint up on the cliffs all along the waterfront and coming back along the beach getting up the cliffs using the longest wooden steps in Denmark. So, bring along your hiking shoes and get some fitness done. But be aware of the incoming tides as you can get back along the beach just at low tide.
Afterwards we visited Liselund Castle and its Romantic Garden on Mon. It is a Free admission to the park which displays a Palace, Swiss House, Norwegian House, Chinese House and the castle itself. It is very well preserved and you can find a guiding booklet at the entrance to the gardens explaining all the different sights. During the summer months they offer guided tours through the Palace Wednesday to Sunday at 10:30 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm and 2 pm for adults 50 DKK and children under 18 for Free. More information about it here.
We spent our last night on our trip through Denmark and Sweden at Klintholm Marina Park Cabins directly at the waterfront where we could enjoy a beautiful last sunset with the sun setting into the ocean. What a perfectly last night! We payed for 3 people 64,00 Euros for one night.
On our 8th and therefore last day, we took the ferry back to Germany from Gedser, Denmark to Rostock, Germany. We decided on Scandlines which you should book in advance here. It cost us 126,00 Euro for a car < 6 m and 3 passengers for a 1hrs45min boat ride. You have to be at least 15 min prior to the departure time at the port. It was a very relaxing ferry trip and we were happy that we decided to go by ferry as we had time to relax, enjoy the scenery and discuss our beautiful memories of the past week in Denmark and Sweden.
For the whole 8 days including everything (like petrol, car insurance, accommodation, food, activities, ferries, maut…) we payed 480,00 Euros each of the three of us. That is the most budget traveling we could come up with in Denmark and Sweden but despite that, we really enjoyed our time and didn’t have the feeling that we missed out on anything as we did do everything we wanted to.