Denmark – Lego & The Mermaid

I have been to Denmark many times. The most of any Nordic country (if you don’t count my home country of Sweden).

I have also been all over Denmark. All the way up North (where two seas meet) when I was a young kid and all the way down to the German border.

Most interesting is probably the capital Copenhagen (København). Even though I think you should explore the rest of the country as well, this is probably where the tourists (especially without a car) end up.

Let’s start out with one of the most famous statues in the world.

The Little Mermaid (Danish: Den lille Havfrue).

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The 1.25 metres (4.1 ft) tall bronze statue just celebrated 100 years (1913). Worth visiting if you are in Copenhagen. You can easily walk there from the city center, but be prepared to push through the crowds to get a good photo. You also need to take the photo in a special angle, otherwise you will have a harbor/factory area behind it.

Lego

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Other famous Danish thing, and the thing you absolutely don’t want to step on, is Lego. The Lego Group began manufacturing the interlocking toy bricks in 1949. 66 years later, in 2015, 600 billion Lego parts had been produced. It is also now the “world’s most powerful brand”, according Brand Finance.

There are some big Lego stores around Copenhagen, so of course we needed to visit one and build copies of ourselves. You can pick the bottom part, top part, head/face type, hair and a thing to hold (like a cup or a trophy).

You can also have a 2 day (!) tour at their head office in Billund (in the center of the biggest of the two Danish islands. Be prepared to pay though. The fee is 14.500 DKK (1950 EUR/2290 USD). Probably only worth it if Lego is the main part of your life.

Nyhavn

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Maybe the best place in Copenhagen for a photo. Even though we didn’t really get any colorful photos on the cold November day during our last visit.

I really suggest you have a look on http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/nyhavn-gdk474735 for more fair photos (and info) of the place.

If you are here during the summer, this is without a doubt, the best place to just sit and relax. There is a lot of restaurants and cafés in this old port.

Öresund Bridge (Øresundsbron)

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Photo Nick-D [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

The bridge/tunnel that connect Sweden and Denmark. It opened in 2000 and have, in average, 20.000 vehicles (plus 33.000 train passengers) on it every day.

The name of the bridge is Øresundsbron. It is actually a mix between the Swedish name Öresundsbron and the Danish Øresundsbroen.

The whole construction is 15.9 km long. The 4 km closest to Denmark is in a tunnel. They actually created a whole new island to use as the bridge to tunnel connection. The bridge itself is 7,8 km and 57 meters above the water.

There is a really good photo op on the Swedish side of the bridge, where you stop very close to it. (see the photo below) Be aware that you have to pay to get across the bridge. And it isn’t cheap. 520 SEK (54 EUR/63 USD) for a one way ticket with a car. The best option is probably to leave the car and take the train, which is 4 times cheaper.

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