Denmark: A Bridge and a Park – Crossing the Øresund Straight

About the Bridge:
Train?
Bus?
Rent a Car?
BlaBla Car?
Ferry?

To cross from Malmo, Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark, there are various options. Without a car of our own, we explored local train and bus routes, as well as hopping into a ride share caravan. They each would get us from one country to the other and they each would let us experience riding over and under the Øresund Straight. Their differences came down to ease and a toll that would counterbalanced our sandwich-eating days in Stockholm as we would dig deep into our pockets to pay. At 52 euros per car, the cost is not out of this world, but worth consideration.

Traveling by ferry was never considered, as that wouldn’t allow us to travel via the 8 kilometer bridge creating its own undulation amongst  watery waves as it begins above ground, dives underwater, and resurfaces to place you in a new country. It was built in 2000 as the first direct connection for land-cruisers traveling between mainland Europe and Sweden (thereby also joining Norway and Finland as well).

Its uniqueness amongst bridges cascades into television, as a Hollywood show was first aired in 2011 depicting a homicide case which was said to have taken place on this bridge. Aptly titled “The Bridge”, the opening sequence takes place directly along the countries’ connector. You can find the series on Netflix and will be able to see the relationship between the two border cities for yourself. In preparation for our grand adventure,we made sure to watch Episode One before leaving for our trip. We thought it was a unique, though slightly gruesome, way to first see the cities we’d be visiting. Like the series’ sequence, we arrived at night, which mainly allowed us a glimpse of the moon and lights refracted off sound’s waters. The journey was around 45 minutes  (only 20 if we would’ve been stopping at the Copenhagen airport instead of downtown!) and cost only 12euro each. We hopped on board alongside a mixture of jet setters, late-night commuters, and college-aged students crossing borders for a weekend-long change of scenery.

About the Park:
The train brought us directly to city center: at a stop next to Tivoli Gardens: an amusement park and gardens originating in 1843. Over 170 years old, this park shone with topsy turvy neon lights shattering an otherwise dark night’s sky. Within the gated walls, visitors of all ages let their inner child out while riding the tracks of a rollercoaster over 100 years old. Touring artists visit regularly for concerts, for ballets, and for an annual jazz festival. Had it flickered on our radar earlier, a show at the Shadow Theater or Open Air Stage would’ve made the list of must-see’s. Imagine bodies dancing and spinning behind a silk screen,  a soft light projecting their moving silhouettes black upon a the soft fabric in front. A display such as this would be magical, and would make for an enjoyable evening in Copenhagen.

Outside the high-walled fences of Tivoli Gardens, the city has plenty to offer the young and old of heart. Being the old fragile souls that we are, we skipped a visit inside the park and instead delighted in great escapades around the rest of the city.

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For you! Curious about different modes of transportation in Stockholm and Denmark? Here are links to a few mentioned above:
BlaBlaCar: https://www.blablacar.com
Train: http://www.thetrainline-europe.com/?gclid=CKSQidS61ccCFYILcwodKEcE8Q  (main stations: Malmö Central and Kopenhagen Hbf)

Curious as to what the bridge looks like beyond the train tracks? Check out the amazing photos and gain more information here: Oresund Straight via Twisted Sifter

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