Over the Öresund Bridge to Copenhagen
Advertisement - Driving to Copenhagen once over the Öresund Bridge was my dream. I am a big fan of Scandinavia crime novels. I like it when the tension in these stories increases from episode to episode. Often, at the end of one, I can't wait to see the week go by to see how the plot goes on. These stories keep me in front of the television late at night, which I rarely turn on. I need to know how the story goes on. "The Bridge", over which Saga Norén and Martin Rohde do cross-border police work between Denmark and Sweden, is one of the stories that is addictive.
“The bridge”, which connects the two countries and which takes you from Copenhagen to Malmö in just over half an hour, has already played a major role in two crime stories. So it goes without saying that I have to see them and - even better - have to cross them.
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Ferry Sassnitz Trelleborg
We had to be at the ferry terminal in Copenhagen at a certain time so as not to miss our onward journey to Oslo. Therefore, we were instructed to arrive there in time. But the ferry crossing with Stena Line from Sassnitz to Trelleborg in southern Sweden was the optimal solution. It was time to get up early to drive from the manor Bömitz to the ferry port in Sassnitz. The morning ferry departs at 8: 00 PM. So we passed most of the track at a time when most people are still asleep. Free ride so!
On board the "Sassnitz"
We had received our tickets from Stena Line via email and only needed to show them when entering the terminal and exchange them for a boarding pass. Simple. The entrance to the ferry is just as easy, and our car is the last one in line on the car deck of the "Sassnitz". This makes it easy to find it quickly when you arrive: just go back on deck 5 until you can't continue.
We have booked the ferry for the return trip and can try out the two restaurants on board the "Sassnitz". On the outward journey we treat ourselves to breakfast in the cafeteria, for which we pay 11,50 euros for two. On the way back, however, we use the large ship buffet for dinner, which costs XNUMX euros per person and is clearly the better option. We can use the starter, main course and dessert buffet as often as we want.
The rest of the crossing we finally make ourselves comfortable in one of the reclining chairs or one of the cozy seating niches in the middle part of the ferry. And since nothing else shows up in front of the big windows than the wide expanse of water of the Baltic Sea, which reaches to the horizon, we doze off soon. Therefore, the crossing passes quickly. And the sea is so mirror-smooth that not even I get a queasy feeling in the stomach, because I am not straight sea, although I love the sea. So I can leave my traveling trays so stuck.
Trelleborg and over the Öresund Bridge to Copenhagen
The disembarkation in Trelleborg is done quickly. So we are finally on the way to Malmö. We want to get to Copenhagen as soon as possible and reach the southern Swedish town after half an hour's drive past yellow rapeseed fields. Spring in Scandinavia starts later. We enjoy that, it extends our spring by a few days.
Visit Öresund Bridge
If you want to take the time to visit the Öresund Bridge, we recommend staying in Malmö. Here and around the city there are good lookouts on the bridge. The bridge itself is neither accessible by foot nor by bike.
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The bridge to Copenhagen
Shortly after Malmö signs above the motorway announce the last exit on Swedish soil. As there are tolls for crossing the Öresund Bridge, we join the tollgate for credit card payers. On Ticket for the Öresund Bridge you can also buy online. This saves waiting time when crossing. Then we see it: the bridge. A superlative must be: it is currently "the world's longest cable-stayed bridge for combined car and rail traffic". The four pillars that support the central part of the bridge remind me of a cathedral. Let's go to Copenhagen over the Öresund Bridge.
Take a photo of the Öresund Bridge
Some data about the Öresund Bridge to Copenhagen
- Öresund Bridge Construction period: Nov. 1995 - September 1999
- Opening of the road link Copenhagen Malmö: 1. July 2000
- A Öresunbrücke map you can find under this link
- Öresund Bridge pictures
- The Öresund Bridge at Wikipedia
- As the Öresund Bridge can not be crossed by bike or on foot, it is allowed to take a bicycle with you on the train.
A highlight for me: as we approach the piers, a large container ship heads for the piers. This reminds me of a scene that could have come from one of the thrillers with Saga Norén and Martin Rohde. Rammed in one of them a leaderless freighter one of these pillars. Our ship passes the passage under the bridge without incident. After the Öresund Bridge Tunnel on the Danish side we finally reach the Downtown Copenhagen, These we cross without stopping on the way to the ferry terminal. So we reach after a good hour drive from Trelleborg the Ferry terminal in Copenhagen, From there is ours Continue to Oslo planned.
Copenhagen Malmö from Denmark to Sweden
For the return day from Copenhagen over the Öresund Bridge to Malmö and on with the ferry to Sassnitz we had no fixed program. We wanted to make that dependent on the weather. In the rain we would have stayed longer in Copenhagen or looked at Malmö. In the sunshine, we wavered between a day on Öresund or a trip to Ystad, which is of course equally interesting for a crime fool like me. Who does not know Commissioner Wallander's cases, which he resolves in and around this city.
Tips for Malmö
If you decide for a stopover in Malmö, we recommend these activities:
Skanör to Trelleborg
It should be sun on the day of our return. Therefore, we choose a day at the sea. We reserve Ystad for another trip. “The bridge” fascinates us too much. As landlubbers from southern Germany, we want to see them from the coast and at the same time enjoy the sea for a few hours. And so we drive past Malmö to the south and follow a tip from our guide to Southern Sweden, which is a detour Skanör and Falsterbo recommends.
In one of the photos shown there we see brightly colored bathhouses that are lined up along the coast like a string of pearls. We want to look for them. From there, you should once again have a view of “the bridge” from a distance. The perfect combination for our farewell to Scandinavia: the beach and the Øresund Bridge.
Village by the sea with a view over the Öresund Bridge to Copenhagen
The places are easy to find. Leave the motorway at Vellinge and follow Route 100 in the direction of Höllviken to Skanör. There we do not drive to the center, but turn at the roundabout in the first exit and follow the road to the end. There we find a delightful village center with a village church and a village square. Around these are grouped low houses that are typical of this region.
Our guide shows us the way to a promenade that leads through a bird sanctuary. Over the plankenweg we go through the wetland and watch a pair of swans along the way, which eats on the edge of one of the many pools full of fresh grass. On the other side of the trail, a large group of gray geese land in the wetland. This is obviously a place they love, because on the way we see many of them.
View of the Öresund Bridge
“The bridge” appears again on the horizon. To the left of it a group of wind turbines are turning their wings in the wind, and to the right we see the Malmo skyline. The path finally leads us out to the beach. There we discover the bath houses that led us on this excursion. While Petar is looking for a motif for his video, I sit on a bench and enjoy the day, the sun, the light breeze from the sea and the view back to the Øresund Bridge. A nice end to our whirlwind trip through Sweden, Denmark and Norway from Trelleborg via Copenhagen to Oslo and back.
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My advice: In any case, get the southern Sweden including Stockholm guide from Sabine Gorsemann (Michael Müller Verlag). We followed his advice and became aware of this corner that we would never have seen otherwise. And the tip to have a coffee break in Anna's Bakeri was just as good. The cakes in this bakery are melting away and the owner is extremely hospitable. A great recommendation from the travel guide, which we are happy to pass on.
Must-dos in Copenhagen
Tips for Copenhagen
Travel organization over the Öresund Bridge to Copenhagen
Arrival via the Öresund Bridge to Copenhagen
The nearest airport is Copenhagen. Possible is the journey by train to Copenhagen. FlixBus also goes to Copenhagen.
- Ferry Puttgarden Rodby and Öresund Bridge, Here, the ferry ticket already includes the bridge fee.
- There is no combined ticket for the Öresund Bridge Storebaelt.
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Accommodation in Copenhagen
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Source for the Öresund Bridge to Copenhagen: own research on site. We thank Stenaline for the invitation to these ferry trips.
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Monika Fuchs has been working in tourism since 1990. She has been a tour guide on four continents for 17 years and has accompanied high-class trips through North and Central America, Australia, southern Africa and Europe. Since 2001 she has been a writer and photographer for TravelWorldOnline and writes as a freelance journalist for DIE ZEIT Online and travel magazines such as 360 ° Medien, TRIVAGO, Expedia, travador, etc. She also writes travel guides about destinations and enjoyment destinations all over the world. Your guide about Canada's east was released in 2020. Petar Fuchs produced the videos on this blog as well YouTube.
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