Our hosts from the previous night kindly offered us a lift up to Copenhagen, so following Touring Tip 2, we gladly accepted the offer and got to Copenhagen mid morning. They also introduced us to another friend who lives in an apartment in the city. He was happy to host us that night so we spent the remainder of the Sunday exploring the city.
Copenhagen is beautiful. It is one of the best cities I’ve visited and certainly the most impressive thus far on the cycle tour, and I’m saying this despite walking around it on a rainy day. We saw many of the historic buildings, including castles and palaces, walked past Tivolis (amusement park) and saw Nyhavn, a colourful street with boats moored down the middle.
The King’s Garden
Known for its expensive restaurants and shops, the street runs along a waterway with boats moored along either side. A local told us how in the 1795 a fire ripped through the city and afterwards they were rebuilt based on selection of generic plans. Now many of the houses are similar but have slight variations depending on the plan used.
Amalienborg Palace and the Marble Church
We visited Amalienborg Palace twice, once on our rainy rest day walk around the city and again on the cycle out of Copenhagen. It was much more impressive the second time when seen in the sun.
Figuring out how to get to Sweden initially posed a problem. When we planned the route we knew there was a recently launched Copenhagen-Malmo bike ferry but upon arriving nobody seemed to know about it. We hunted down free WiFi and I spent ages clicking through Google trying to find further details and where it departs from. After numerous websites I found a link to another site that explained that the ferry was supposedly active all summer but in small print at the top it said ‘services not running from 5th July to 26th July’ and so that plan was scuppered.
As the bridge is a motorway and trains cost a fortune, the only option left was to cycle 30km up the coast and take the ferry from Helsingør to Helsingborg.
The cycle tour so far:
England – Cornwall to Wales
Ireland – Winding Westwards
Ireland – Starting the Wild Atlantic Way
Ireland – The Wild Atlantic
Ireland – Causeway Coastal Route
England – Stopover in the Peaks
Netherlands – Bicycle touring through the Netherlands
Germany – Hamburg and Lübeck
Denmark – Reaching the Baltic Sea
Denmark – Exploring Copenhagen