Travel Tips-Denmark At The Wheel
Denmark is the smallest of the Nordic countries and consists mainly of a large peninsula ‘Jutland’ which can be found north of Germany, with the North Sea on its left and the Baltic Sea on its right. It has 443 islands with the larger and most popular being connected by bridges like Funen and Zealand. Denmark is a small, friendly and beautiful country that is easily explored by car, so read on to find out more.
If you’ve your own transport in Denmark, the possibilities are endless. If starting in the Jutland region you should definitely make the trip to Billund where the famous Legoland is located. There’s something to keep everyone entertained with millions of lego pieces which have been used to create crafted landmarks like the Taj Mahal and the Statue of Liberty. Rent a wi-fi tracking system which will automatically locate your kids should they stray off.
Billund is located in the heart of the Jutland regions so no matter where you are, you won’t be too far from here. If travelling from other countries you’ll arrive via the E45. From the south continue as far as Kolding and follow signs for Billund, if coming from the north follow signs from Vejle.
Denmark Car Hire Tip: Drive on the right hand side of the road, overtake on the left and always give way to traffic approaching from your right.
About 100km north of Billund is the city of Aarhus, which is the main port and second largest city in Denmark. This historic city centre boasts museums, old churches and wonderful architecture. The Old Town is a must see while here. It features 75 restored buildings dating from the 17th and 18th century.
Denmark Car Hire Tip: Do not use your mobile phone when driving.
Continue north of Aarhus for about 120km and you’ll come to the city of Aalborg, which contains some of the most spectacular Renaissance buildings in Denmark. This is a beautiful historic city with the earliest settlements here dating back to about 700AD. There is so much to see and do in Aalborg – you could take the elevator to the top of the Aalborg Tower, visit the underground museum and see the remains of a medieval monastery, see Lindholm Hoje – the largest Viking burial ground in Scandinavia or take the kids to the zoo.
Denmark Car Hire Tip: Dipped headlights must remain turned on at all times while driving.
To get to the island of Funen from mainland Jutland, just take the Little Belt Bridge which is toll free. Travel on the E20/E45 and continue on the main E20 until you see “Exit 52″ for Odense. Funen is known as the ‘Garden of Denmark’ so enjoy the drive as the scenery is quite spectacular here. Odense is the largest town in Funen and is famous as the birthplace of Hans Christian Anderson.
Denmark Car Hire Tip: Speed limit on motorways is 110km/h, 80km/h on open roads and 50km/hr in most built up areas.
Odense to Copenhagen is roughly a two hour drive. Copenhagen is located on the island of Zealand and is the capital of Denmark. To get from the island of Funen to the island of Zealand take the E20 by crossing the Great Belt Bridge which is a toll bridge and one of the most spectacular suspension bridges in the world. It will cost you about 29/205DKK to cross one way but you can also buy a return ticket.
The top attraction on the island of Zealand, is of course, the charming, laid back city of Copenhagen. It’s well worth visiting this beautiful city, which is considered to be the main gateway between mainland Europe and Scandinavia. Attractions not to miss here include the world famous statue of the Little Mermaid, the Carlsbery Brewery, the Amalienborg Palace – home of the Royal Family, the Barbie Doll Museum, Tivoli Park and the Museum of Modern Glass Art to name a few.
If you intend to spend a few days in Copenhagen why not take a trip to the city of Malmo in Sweden, which is only about 50km by car across the Oresund Bridge!
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