Is that the one you were talking about? She asked. I looked out and I said. Yes yes, that’s the one. Click that view. Click fast, else you’ll miss it.
And it was time to land. And so did we. Smooth landing, nice airport, short wait for our luggage, quick currency exchange & an efficient vending machine for our local transport tickets. The underground and the regional trains are right there just a floor up or down. Take your pick but buy the 24/48 hour public transport tickets prior to that, depending on the duration of your stay in the city 🚋🚆
Coming back to the creation & the view that my better half had clicked. There in the distance is the Marvel Creation, The Oresund Bridge, connecting Copenhagen in Denmark to Malmo in Sweden.
Let’s look at why the world calls it a marvel.
The magnificent Øresund Bridge is a beautiful masterpiece rising out of the misty water and bringing together two countries that may seem similar, but share as many curious differences. Here are some facts you may love to know.
The concept of a bridge over the Øresund was first formally proposed in 1936 by a consortium of engineering firms who proposed a national motorway network for Denmark.The Bridge was constructed to show to the rest of Europe what two small countries could achieve in collaboration. The construction was imagined as an economical, cultural and mental bridge across the region
Construction began in 1995 and completed on 14 August 1999. During that time, setbacks occurred after 16 unexploded World War II bombs were found on the seafloor. At 7,845 meters (25,738 feet) in length, the bridge covers half the distance between Sweden and the Danish island of Amager. The artificial island Peberholm was created to enable turning a part of the bridge into a 4 km-long underwater tunnel so ships could still pass. The other reason was that Kastrup Airport in Copenhagen is just across the sea and hence it would have been a safety hazard for safe landing & departure of aircrafts to and from Kastrup. The bridge has a mass of 82,000 tonnes and supports two railway tracks beneath four road lanes along its entire length. Just amazing, isn’t it?
It takes around 20 minutes to make the journey across the bridge, making trips to and from Denmark and Sweden popular among those in search of a quick weekend break. Housing is cheaper in Malmo as compared to Copenhagen and hence many residents opt to stay there while working out of Copenhagen. Quite interesting. Being in two countries almost everyday 😎
From the airport we took the Regional train and in 20 minutes we were there at Copenhagen Central station. That’s the centre & the entire buzz around this city probably starts from here. A 5 minute bus ride and there we were at our hotel ready for check in.
We had decided on Cabinn City as it had promised us a great hotel at a great price. Not bad I thought, seeing the large number of tourists using this chain and an unusually long queue for check in. All done time to see what was on offer. The rooms are tiny, all there except too much of possible movement while you are inside the room 😁 Light travelers like us would feel a little better. The best part, a huge window and of course the location. And since we were there to explore, room was not the real priority anyways.
And so we were all set to do something different today. Visit another country and a beautiful city, Malmo, Sweden and cross over the Oresund bridge. A day trip and back in the evening.
You could take a train or a bus. The train journey is shorter but you would then miss out on the charm of experiencing the bridge, as the train tracks are beneath the road lanes.
We had booked online the Flix bus tickets and the journey started. Let’s go 🚃
Here we were at the border check. And the guys there were real tough. And it so happened that our bus was identified as the one for a thorough check. Remember to carry your passport and have valid reasons ready for the purpose of your trip while the security guys interact with you.
A good forty five minutes later we were ready to explore. Malmo. A little different city 🏘️
The towering presence and the Tower Church.
As we were discovering, we felt the calm of the place and started loving it. These were perhaps some of the other reasons.
There are wonderful eating options all around in Malmo & a quick lunch later we were on our way to explore the canals of Malmo. A memorable trip and fond memories to cherish for future.
But Malmo was not over yet. It had more surprises on offer. Here they are, for you.
Evening had arrived and the roads started getting unusually empty at 8 PM. Malmo, we realized, was not a late night city. A walk to Coop for a sandwich and a quick coffee at Wayne’s near Malmo Central station & then we were at the Flix bus stop, just across the road, chatting with our co passengers from different parts of the world sharing our travel stories and experiences.
The bus had arrived and we boarded for our journey back to Copenhagen, and excited at the prospect of an experience of a different kind, going over the marvel creation.
Some memories stick to your ❤️
And this one will, forever 💕