Well Hello! I hope everyone who reads this is having a wonderful day! I’m sitting here with a great view outside, not a cloud to be seen and enjoying that summer is back here in central Europe!
This post is for everyone who enjoys those boring travel photos mixed in with a bit of where to stay, where to eat nonsense. Just kidding, it’s a post about our trip to Denmark this year and I certainly hope you aren’t bored by them, hopefully you’ll get a small glimpse of why I love Denmark so much, and maybe even some helpful tips if you ever decide to travel there.
Some Quiet Time
If you happen to have a love for western Denmark like I do, maybe you’ll appreciate the serenity I feel when I am there. I certainly love traveling there even though the weather is quite unpredictable. Then again, it is predictable, meaning if you travel to Denmark, no matter what season you must take with you something for the sun, something for the rain and definitely something for windchill. But you know what, the quietness, solitude and wellness factor is worth all the weather hassle you may encounter. You see, we live in a very congested area of Germany…it’s lovely, but very conjested…so for this introverted gal it’s like life-giving water to escape to a quieter place every once in a while.
We hadn’t planned on traveling to Denmark this year but we actually won this vacation stay. Yes, I know, I couldn’t believe it when I got the notice, but it was actually true! Guess ET really needed this vacation because that was the comment I made when entering the contest. It was a contest from one of the companies we previously booked our vacation rentals from. The contest was held by Sonne-und-Strand‘s Facebook page. Pretty neat, huh? When I commented on their post I never really imagined that we would win, but there ya go, it can actually be done!
Since the trip came as a surprise, and the date and place were fixed, it was nice that ET was able to take off work at that exact time. I had asked several family members if they wanted to come along, but none could get off work except for our niece who was on summer vacation. So it was just she and us. At first I thought it would be odd, because this was the first time we took her along with us alone. There was nothing to be apprehensive about though, we had a wonderful time. And since our own children are now adults, it was really sweet having a kid her age around again. It was just what we needed to get away for a few days of sightseeing, cooking, walking and reading.
There is only one drawback when driving to Denmark from where we live, and it’s the fact that you have to drive through Germany straight south to north, and the autobahns can be very congested (I’m talkin Stau all the way). It took us 2 days of 8 hours driving time.
We did plan the overnight, but didn’t expect the traffic jams practically the entire way. On the way home we travelled during the night hours…saved us 8 hours of driving time! Driving at night can be tough and it’s not for the fainthearted 😉 Not going to disclose anything, but there are definitely different sort of folks out at night. In the end, being a lover of road trips really helps, it’s just the congested roads that are pretty nerve-racking.
Denmark (and I believe all of Scandinavia) is on the expensive side of travel as far as food goes. Even if you stick to the supermarkets, food is more expensive than in Germany, so we have learned to take it a bit slow when there. We usually don’t go out to eat, but maybe once or twice. This is not a fixed rule, but it is always fun cooking in a brand new-to-us kitchen anyway. That is why we usually take most of our fresh food with us…a cooler that hooks up to your car battery can become your best friend on a road trip!
If you have a few minutes, maybe you’ll like to click through this picture gallery, it includes most of the photos I took during our trip. I tried not to take too many because the object was being there in the moment and not having to pull out the Android all the time. Hope you enjoy…
Spilling the beans on the secret to a quiet west coast Danish retreat. Here you’ll find a few links that might be helpful if you ever happen to plan a trip to the west coast of Denmark. Happy times!
- This site has lots of info including doctors information, I had to go to the doctor in Hvide Sande last year and they were very friendly and spoke perfect English. http://www.hvidesande.com/ln-int/hvide-sande/ringkoebing
- ET is a big fan of this pub-style place and I think it’s pretty decent, so we usually make it a point to stop in there. https://www.facebook.com/bjaelkestuen/
- We visited this living history museum many years ago and again with our niece this time. Note, there is the possibility of getting a family museum pass for the entire region which can save you very much money. Be sure to look into that on their homepage before you visit. http://www.levendehistorie.dk/Default.aspx?ID=157
Places worth a visit:
- Ribe is the oldest town of Denmark. The historic district is beautiful and they also have a large Viking museum on the outskirts of town.
- Esbjerg is the largest town on the west coast and great for a day trip. Museums, shopping, authentic major fishing metropolis!
- The amber Museum in Oksbøl is worth a visit, they don’t have their own website but this link has their address: From <http://luksushus-blaavand.dk/area.php?menuid=1&lang=de&area=14> Oksbøl has got to be the most beautiful, well-kept little village I’ve ever seen. I hope it never has any hardships and stays that way forever!
- I am including Aarhus, even though it’s on the east coast of Jütland it is not that far a drive from the west coast. Great for a day trip if you leave early. Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark (besides Kopenhagen), has an open air museum worth a visit and plenty of things to see and do. We were there a few years ago and I remember a fun city shopping walk, an interesting open air history museum and an evening spent along the Baltic Sea side before we headed back to our secluded rental on the west coast.
These are a few of the fantastic things we have experienced in Denmark. I could go on and on, but I hope this gave you a small idea of one of our favorite escape spots. Take care everyone!