Denmark has a land space of roughly 43,000 sq km, most of which is well accessible by street and as flat as an Alan Carr joke. It’s the cherry on prime of Germany and consists of 474 islands.
I drove north by means of Bronderslev on Motorway E39 to Hjørring, one of many oldest cities within the nation and the situation of three Center Age church buildings: Sct. Catharinæ Church, Sct. Olai Church and Sct. Hans Church.
Jutland has a number of the most serene driving tarmac in Scandinavia, from its northernmost city, Skagen, the place Kattegat (the waters between Denmark and Sweden) and the Skagerrak (a part of the North Sea) meet, to Aalborg, Herning and Ribe within the south, on the German border.
Hjørring tois beneath an hours drive, north-east alongside the wind-cracked shoreline of Frederikshavn, the place ferries connect with Gothenburg and Oslo.
There’s a seashore this far north and the North Sea laps in, fizzing on the sand. A seashore degree on the map with Glasgow! with one-hundred palm timber on the sandy stretch of Frederikshavn Kommune, planted by the native municipality to be able to, presumably, confuse misplaced sailors. Small dinghies bob up-and-down on the aluminium ocean and the wind whistles by means of the automobile window.
Skagen is dotted with vibrant homes, the painted yellow brick set towards a cloudless sky of pale blue. The paint is a logo of wealth, having began within the 19th century with using ochre transported from France. Artists like P. S. Krøyer and Holger Drachmann travelled to Skagen to color the blasted, wind-torn surroundings and Hans Christian Andersen holidayed there, when he wasn’t desirous about mermaids.
From the tip of Denmark and the Skagerrak the drive again to Aalborg by way of the E39 and thru Norresundby – over the Limfjordsbroen Bridge – takes an hour (going quick – the motorway velocity restrict is 81 mph). The college metropolis is the fourth most populous in Denmark and was a strategically vital harbour through the Center Ages. The Viking burial web site Lindholm Høje on the town’s perimeter is value visiting.
The E45 darts south by means of Denmark’s second largest metropolis, Aarhus, with the principal port on the east-side of the peninsula. I weave by means of tight streets of cozy cafés and might see within the distance Aarhus Cathedral, the tallest and longest cathedral in Denmark, devoted to the patron saint of sailors, St. Clemens.
You’ll be able to drive the craggy-edged circumference from Aarhus to Horsens into Vejle County, or proceed on the E45, then the 501, inland, by means of quiet countryside and extra fields of despondent cattle.
South of Vejle County, Fredericia connects to the island of Funen by way of the Østjyske Motorvej Bridge, and the E45 turns into the E20; main you to Odense, Denmark’s third largest metropolis. By the use of the Funish Motorway (Fynske Motorvej), the E20 hyperlinks Funen to the island of Zealand. An awesome expanse of rolled-out tarmac is sort of uninterrupted by transport and finishes at Nyborg, the place a bridge throughout the Nice Belt, takes me to Copenhagen.
Driving in Copenhagen just isn’t the identical as driving in Denmark. Copenhagen has a claustrophobia of automobiles, designed round cycle paths, the place CYCLISTS HAVE RIGHT OF WAY, it’s a metropolis for 2 wheels, like Amsterdam — however with higher eating places. It’s the place NOMA is and Thomas Herman’s Nimb; and Døp hotdog stall, voted by Danes as Copenhagen’s favorite eatery.
Within the north of Zealand is Elsinore, the closest metropolis to Sweeden and a 40 min drive alongside the shoreline of the Sound (the slender gateway to the Baltic) from Copenhagen; and residential to Kronborg Citadel, as immortalised in Hamlet.
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