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Getting around

Part 1: Introduction

8.6: Hamburg -> Lübeck -> Puttgarden -> Copenhagen
9.6: Copenhagen
10.6: Copenhagen -> Helsingör -> Amsterdam
13.6: Amsterdam -> Delft -> Copenhagen
14.6: Copenhagen -> Malmö -> Trelleborg -> Binz (Rügen island, Germany)

Overview and overall impression
We planned this brief trip to Denmark as we were anyway in the area and thought it might be interesting to have a look at Copenhagen and perhaps the area around it. We were lucky with the weather and due to the season were rewarded with spectacular views of Copenhagen (beautiful light, great skies). The historic core of Copenhagen is beautiful and clean with plenty of old buildings, castles and churches. Nyhavn is a picturesque area where to stroll and relax at one of the cafes and restaurants. The downside is that Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in the world, with a high cost of living.

Costs in Copenhagen are very high. Hotels are expensive, but it's especially restaurants and the food in general which are very pricey. After the trip to Copenhagen, we picked up a conversation between travellers in Amsterdam. One complained that he was forced to live on "bread and water" while in Copenhagen.

I must admit that we didn't try out the local specialities, and relied instead on food from known places (Italian restaurants, KFC etc.). We saw some fish&chips restaurants near kastellet in Copenhagen, but weren't willing to overpay for some poor quality fried fish.

The first place we stayed was actually not expensive, but was out of Copenhagen and commuting into town took some effort and time. The second place, the Cabinn Metro, was more expensive, but closer to the centre. Staying in the centre of Copenhagen would have been quite pricey.

Money  / Exchange rate (June 2014)
1 Euro = 7.45 DKK
For current exchange rates check the Universal Currency Converter.

ATMs are everywhere, so that you can easily get cash with a Cirrus/Maestro ATM card. You won't need traveller cheques.

Mobile phones and prepaid cards
Prices for roaming have significantly fallen over the past years, making it economic to roam in Denmark with a German SIM card. So this time we purchased some data roaming packages.


Internet access
We used the WLAN of the hotel and mobile data packages with Smartphones out of the hotel. I can't remember having seen many Internet cafes in Copenhagen.


Mostly sunny, some clouds, no rain, max. temperatures around 20-23°C.

Health / Vaccinations
None required for Denmark.

VISA / Entry requirements
Visitors from developed countries can enter Denmark without a visa or get a visa on arrival. Visitors of other countries need to get a Schengen visa.

No issues here. Denmark is a safe country.

Getting around
We drove to Copenhagen, then relied on public transportation to move around. This wasn't such a good idea, because the public transportation network is thinly spread, which forced us to walk a lot. We didn't use buses, as we didn't know where these buses were going to.

8.6: Hamburg -> Lübeck -> Puttgarden -> Copenhagen
Park Hotel, Glostrup (suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark). 97 Euro for a large room with lots of furniture. Hotel located about 13km from the centre of Copenhagen. Big nice room with attached bathroom, good furniture. Free fast WLAN in the room. Breakfast included in the price. Only problem is that the A/C seems not to be working (25°C in the room in the evening) and there are just thin, light curtains on the windows, which means that at 4am the room will start to be bright.
Weather: sunny with clouds in Hamburg, quite warm (26-27°C). After about 3pm the sky closes and it rains a bit. More rain in the evening. In Denmark more fresh in the evening and the sky opens up.

The ferry ro Rödby is a small drive through vessel with a restaurant and duty free area. After 45 minutes, a 8:30pm we reach Rodby, the Danish harbour. Then we start driving towards Copenhagen.

We make two stops, one to purchase a roaming data package and one to take a picture of a bridge. The motorway is almost empty. Initial max. speed is 110 km/h, which then increases to 130 km/h. It all looks like we are going to reach the hotel by 10:15pm, when suddenly we end up in a huge traffic jam. We lose all in all 35 minutes due to this traffic jam. No car accident, the cause is roadworks on the motorway and three lanes becoming one. Very dumb way of doing roadworks. In Germany they would have closed one section of the motorway in one direction and would have directed the traffic on the other direction, but here they force the traffic from three lanes to one.

We reach finally the hotel shortly before 11pm.

Copyright 2014 Alfred Molon