You can see Malmoe from Copenhagen
Between Copenhagen and Malmö
«2 countries, 2 world cities 1 weekend»
Experience the lively and cosmopolitan Danish capital Copenhagen with its multitude of sights, its historical and modern architecture as well as magnetic attractions such as the world-famous Tivoli amusement park or the most beautiful shopping street in Europe, Strøget. Due to the short distance, you can visit the southern Swedish metropolis of Malmö on this short and exciting trip.
Come to København!
If you want to travel to Denmark's capital by car, it is best to use the car ferry. There are two possibilities for this, because the ferry traffic connects both Puttgarden on Fehmarn and Rostock in a direct line with Denmark. Between Puttgarden and Rødby in Denmark you are on the water for a little over an hour, then you first follow the E47 via Maribo to Sjællandsbroen and then the E20 to Copenhagen. The entire route can be covered in around three hours.
The ferry from Rostock to Gedser takes about two hours for the crossing. When you arrive in Denmark, you finally reach your destination via Nykøbing.
If you don't want to be behind the wheel yourself, you can also travel comfortably by bus or train. There is a bus connection from the Rostock seaport that takes you directly to Copenhagen in around five hours. For the train connection you use the ferry and finally get on the train in Gedser.
If you are in a hurry, you can also take the plane and land at Copenhagen Airport within a short time. Almost all major German airports offer scheduled flights to the Danish capital, including among others. Munich, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Hamburg, Berlin as well as Düsseldorf or Cologne.
You don't need a car in Copenhagen
You don't need a car for a short vacation in Copenhagen anyway. Although around 1.5 million people live in the Danish metropolis, all the interesting sights and other attractions are either within walking distance (if you have booked a hotel in the city center) or can be easily reached by public transport or by bike . Bicycles can be rented cheaply at many locations, and most hotels also offer environmentally friendly mobile vehicles. Denmark is generally very bike-friendly and you will also meet numerous cyclists in one of the culturally and economically most important cities in Northern Europe.
Drivers should also bear in mind that there are many traffic-calmed or even car-free zones in downtown Copenhagen. Outside of the built-up areas, there is a speed limit of 80 km / h, which foreigners in particular pay close attention to.
The most beautiful sights and attractions in Copenhagen
The Danish capital offers numerous opportunities for a varied holiday - a weekend is actually too short for all these exciting activities. However, the following goals should not be missing on any list!
The city is particularly cheap to explore with the Copenhagen Card, which gives you free entry to many of the most popular sights and museums, free public transport and discounts in many restaurants. A 48-hour card currently costs 529 Danish kroner (as of September 2016), which translates to around 70 EUR. Incidentally, it is not necessary to exchange money before leaving: In Denmark, tourists can pay with the euro without any problems, but they always receive Danish kroner as change.
Strøget is not only one of the longest, but also one of the most interesting shopping streets in Europe, strolling through the heart of Copenhagen.
A mecca for shopping fans! Here visitors will not only find numerous shops of small and large Danish and international brands, because Strøget is also lined with numerous architectural sights. In this way, visitors can ideally combine culture and shopping. For friends of Scandinavian design, we particularly recommend the Illums Bolighus on Amüberserve.
Nyhavn is known from many pictures, a picturesque harbor with beautifully renovated old houses and numerous restaurants and bars. It is a great place to eat and you can try numerous Danish specialties.
Speaking of specialties: real Copenhageners like to meet here after work, sit on the quay wall and drink the Carlsberg beer they have brought with them - a great way to let the magic of this place work its magic on you.
The little mermaid
Going to Copenhagen and not having seen the Little Mermaid is like going to Rome without seeing the Spanish Steps or the Trevi Fountain. You can marvel at the world-famous bronze statue at Langelinie Pier.
Tivoli is also one of the most popular and well-known attractions in and outside Denmark. The approximately 8 hectare amusement park is located directly between the town hall and the main train station. Incidentally, entry is free with the Copenhagen Card.
Visit Carlsberg is a 10,000 square meter visitor center, in which you not only learn about the production process, but also the history of what is probably the most famous Danish beer. The one and a half hour tour ends - how could it be otherwise - with a tasting.
Amalienborg Palace is the home of the Danish Queen and her family. The publicly accessible Amalienborg Museum in the building is a highlight for those interested in the monarchy.
The changing of the guard of the Royal Life Guard, which takes place every day at 12:00 p.m., is also particularly exciting.
On Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., a visit to the Österbro district is recommended, as the award-winning Normann Copenhagen furniture store is located here on an area of around 1,700 square meters - a true paradise for lovers of modern home design.
It is only a stone's throw to neighboring Sweden
There are only 28 kilometers as the crow flies between the two cities of Copenhagen and Malmö in Sweden - a journey of around half an hour to three quarters of an hour across the 7,845 meter long Øresund Bridge, which connects the two cities in a direct line.
The journey by train is particularly convenient, as it leaves from the respective main train stations around every 20 minutes. A ticket currently costs 88 DKK (as of September 2016), around 12 euros, and can either be purchased in advance via the Internet or directly at the train station. EU citizens do not need a visa to cross the border, only a valid identity card should be kept ready.
The trip to Malmö is easy to manage in one day, and you can also reach the most beautiful attractions on foot from the main train station. In contrast to many other cities, the inner city of Sweden's third largest metropolis is not particularly spacious. If you like, you can rent a bike directly at the train station.
Out and about in Malmö
If you don't want to walk or cycle, you can also use the very well developed public transport network - buses, trains and metro - to reach all the destinations you have set yourself for this day. As an equivalent to the Copenhagen Card, the Malmökortet can also be purchased, which allows free or reduced admission to many museums and theme parks as well as free travel on public transport.
Individual tickets or group tickets for inner-city traffic are best bought at the tourist information office (Börshuset Skeppsbron 2), as no tickets are sold on the bus or train.
What you have to see in Malmö
As for the Danish capital, the same applies to the Swedish Malmö: A day's vacation is actually too short to let the lively metropolis sink in. Nevertheless, there are some must-see destinations that visitors should definitely not miss.
Malmö's most popular attraction is probably the Stortorget, the large market square in the middle of the historic old town.
In its center is a statue of the Swedish King Charles X.
Lilla Torg is surrounded by wonderful historical buildings that were built between 1600 and 1800 and have been lovingly restored.
Today you will find the center of Malmö's nightlife here, and it is also very good for shopping or dining in one of the numerous restaurants. Typical culinary specialties of Malmö are herring in different variations as well as a dish called Ålagille - in English "eel food".
St. Petri Kyrka
The St. Petri Kyrka dates from the 14th century, making it the oldest building in Malmö. The church, built in the typical Renaissance style, is located directly behind the Stortorget.
The town hall, completed in 1546, is also worth an interested look. The town hall cellar (Rådhuskällaren) is an excellent place to dine.
This is a district of Malmö, which exudes a unique flair due to its very low houses and brick buildings in all the colors of the rainbow. There are also many cafes and shops here that are great for shopping.
Malmöhus is Sweden's oldest Renaissance castle and is home to four different museums. Malmökortet owners have free entry to the city museum, the natural history museum, the art museum and the aquarium.
The characteristic, approximately 190 meter high skyscraper - incidentally the tallest building in Scandinavia - was opened in 2005 and is considered the landmark of Malmö.
If you haven't come to eat so far because of all the sightseeing, the two restaurants "Västergatan" with its typically Swedish, but upscale cuisine (Västergatan 16) and the "Vollmers" (Tegelgaardsgatan 5), which was awarded one star by Michelin in 2016 especially recommended.
With these recommendations we wish you a wonderful vacation, a nice weekend trip or an inspiring day trip!
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