Following a three week break in the UK catching up with our nearest and dearest, we set off again in our much loved motorhome. Landing at Rotterdam on the overnight ferry from Hull, we set off in the direction of Bremen and Hamburg with our destination being the ferry port of Puttgarden in northern Germany. The motorway system through the Netherlands and Germany is excellent, although we were delayed a little by roadworks and a vehicle fire (not us, thank goodness).
After an overnight camper stop at the quiet German town of Wildeshausen, 352 Km from Rotterdam, we stopped for the night again on the Baltic coast at an excellent campsite. Rosenfelder Strand Ostsee Camping is a short drive from the Puttgarden ferry which links Germany with Denmark. Motorhome pitches are of a reasonable size, with excellent campsite facilities and views across the Baltic.
The next day it was grey, blowing a gale and the sea was looking rough but the 45 minute ferry crossing from Puttgarden to Rødby in Denmark was surprisingly pleasant. The cost, €98, offsets the cost of the fuel for driving the long way round! Ferries run every 30 minutes and we were amazed just how busy it was. We were surprised how big the ferry was as well, it was roughly the size of a cross channel ferry, we were expecting something much smaller for such a short crossing.
Arriving at the Danish ferry port of Rødby, we were met with a very friendly border policeman who checked our passports and joked that we were not on the Interpol list of wanted persons, which of course is nice to know!
City campsites can sometimes not be the best but Camping Absalom on the outskirts of Copenhagen is good. There are even gas hobs, ovens and microwaves available to use for campers. There is a large dining area where families can eat and relax as well. The campsite is a 15 minute easy walk to the train station where the trains run every 10 minutes to Copenhagen centre and the fare is 36DKK (£4.25).
After 48 hours exploring Copenhagen, I can say that the city is amazing, but expensive. There is a lot of water in Copenhagen, and its perfectly flat for cyclists.. There are thousands of them riding an incredible assortment of bikes. We saw a huge number of cargo bikes, bikes with baby carriers and up to four children transported by one adult. Pity the poor parent pedalling their brood around daily! It did feel a bit like Amsterdam and we were surprised that we didn’t see any bike accidents. In fact 55% of all Copenhageners commute by bike every day and the population is 1.2 million. That’s a lot of cyclists! On the subject of facts, the Danish monarchy is the oldest in the world, Copenhagen has the longest pedestrian street in Europe and the harbour water is so clean you can swim in it.
We decided to buy the combined Hop on /Hop off Bus and Boat 48 hour ticket , 245DKK per person (£29) and we thought this was well worth the money. We did several circuits of the city on the different routes, one of the routes took us through Freetown Christiania, an alternative, self governing district based on collective ownership which started in 1971 and now has up to a thousand residents. Highlights of Copenhagen for us were Nyhavn , where you will find wooden sailing boats moored along the quayside next to the characterful and colourful old buildings. This area is packed with restaurants, bars and cafes. We also enjoyed the boat tour which lasted about 90 minutes. The climb up the external staircase of The Church of our Saviour was pretty spectacular, from the top we could see across to Sweden. We saw Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attraction, The Little Mermaid, from the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Whilst a lovely sculpture, she is actually, very small !
We didn’t spend much whilst in Copenhagen but two small glasses of Carlsberg lager cost £13 (it had to be done!!), lunch for two £25, bus and boat for 48 hours cost £29 per person and campsite £25 per night.
Copenhagen is the first port of call on our motorhome tour of Scandinavia. Next, we are crossing the famous Øresund Bridge from Copenhagen to Malmö.