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    Touring a week in Denmark

    This coming august/september I'm planning to be in CPH for several weeks. I have been in DK mostly during X-Mas holidays (like 10 times), but never around this time of the year. Looking fwd to warmer temperatures as everything i seen in winter tells me DK is a gorgeous country when not freezing. I wanted to take a week to just go riding and maybe stay in hotel/guest houses. All my friends in DK ride bikes as a way of life but have never gone for a tour of any type, so its hard for them to tell me specifically of any route. I'll be staying in CPH so I was planning maybe train somewhere and start from there.....any specific recommendations?
    I hear rain gear will be the order of the day?
    Any good place to rent a bike, or shud I travel with mine???
    thanks for all ur help!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miguelangel
    This coming august/september I'm planning to be in CPH for several weeks. I have been in DK mostly during X-Mas holidays (like 10 times), but never around this time of the year. Looking fwd to warmer temperatures as everything i seen in winter tells me DK is a gorgeous country when not freezing. I wanted to take a week to just go riding and maybe stay in hotel/guest houses. All my friends in DK ride bikes as a way of life but have never gone for a tour of any type, so its hard for them to tell me specifically of any route. I'll be staying in CPH so I was planning maybe train somewhere and start from there.....any specific recommendations?
    I hear rain gear will be the order of the day?
    Any good place to rent a bike, or shud I travel with mine???
    thanks for all ur help!!!

    Can't help you with your questions, just have a bit of a discouraging piece of info - You might get bored riding around Denmark for a "several weeks" long period. Its a small country, and rather flat, with no change of scenery(as you probably know). Even for a week, i don't think i'd wanna tour a country that's just a flat, green "desert". Maybe you should consider going over to Norway on a ferry, or down south to Germany. At least for a couple of days.

    My two cents.
    When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

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    Thanks for the info. Although, I hapen to love that "little flat green desert", specially the Danes..so much so I married one !!! I have toured Germany, Holland and Spain, this time is Denmarks turn!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FidelCastrovich
    You might get bored riding around Denmark for a "several weeks" long period. Its a small country, and rather flat, with no change of scenery(as you probably know). Even for a week, i don't think i'd wanna tour a country that's just a flat, green "desert". Maybe you should consider going over to Norway on a ferry, or down south to Germany. At least for a couple of days.
    Where in Denmark did you go? Between the beautiful North Sea coast, the undulating hills of the inland, some of the best sunsets, some rather fascinating characters, and some peaceful night cycling, I didn't get bored and I had a good time crossing the country.

    There are dedicated bike paths everywhere, so it's an easy place to be for a cyclist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zommaz
    Where in Denmark did you go? Between the beautiful North Sea coast, the undulating hills of the inland, some of the best sunsets, some rather fascinating characters, and some peaceful night cycling, I didn't get bored and I had a good time crossing the country.

    There are dedicated bike paths everywhere, so it's an easy place to be for a cyclist.
    Hey, i didn't say anything about the characters, and not a word about peaceful night cycling, which i imagine is wonderful in these tranquil, not to say dormant, countries of northern Europe.
    I was all over Denmark, and the landscape didn't strike me as overly beautiful or special. It's nice, very soothing and green, but far from spectacular, or dramatic. Pleasant is a good word.
    The people are nice and the faces are welcoming, no doubt. And bike paths are definitely abound.

    But still, i don't think i'd wanna cycle there for a whole week, when i have Norway and Germany a few hours away.

    But hey, they were MY two cents...you don't like em, get your own.
    Most importantly, Thread-OP - have a great time!
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    Please can we keep it in the subject?? I wud like some opinions from people that have experience and suggetions please...

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    I think you sould try to hit Skagen which is the northern tip of Denmark and then head east towards the never ending beaches of Løkken, then maybe past Aalborg and back to København.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erikasberg
    I think you sould try to hit Skagen which is the northern tip of Denmark and then head east towards the never ending beaches of Løkken, then maybe past Aalborg and back to København.
    If you're in Aalborg, take the time to go to the zoo. Very cool.
    When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

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    Since you've been to Denmark, you realize what the bike culture is like. You may already know much of what follows, but I'll start near the beginning. A good place to start is:

    http://www.cycletourer.co.uk/cycletouring/denmark.shtml (English)

    The country is criss-crossed by several national bike routes and many regional routes. The Danish Cycling Federation has maps and tons of info at www.dcf.dk, but it appears to all be in Danish (men, din kone kan læse siderne for dig, ikke?). Go to 'På tur' and dig around.

    The train system is highly accomodating, just a few extra kroner to take your bike on most trains, if you wish.

    As for tour ideas, I have been thinking of this a bit lately since my brother-in-law will be visiting this summer and I think something like a nice big clockwise circle would be nice: You can make a loop from København down to Lolland/Falster, take the ferry to Langeland, cycle to Svendborg, ferry to Ærø, ferry to Sønderjylland, up to Fredericia and back to København via Odense. Nice Viking museum in Roskilde at the end. You can add a spur up Jylland (Skagen is wonderful, I hear) and back, or cross over to Sweden at Göteborg and head down to Helsinborg and cross back to Helsingor, which is also nice, I hear.

    A lot more than a week there, so a few things you might like to see: Helsingor Slot, Roskilde Viking Museum, Egeskov on Fyn is nice. Ærø and Langeland are quaint. Lots to see in København, of course.

    Rain gear and a healthy appetite for wind are necessary. You should have no trouble finding a decent touring bike in CPH, but sorry, I have no recommendations.

    OK, that's a big pile of fairly random stuff, but hopefully it will get you started. Let me know if you need more ideas, or more specifics.

    Venlig hilsen

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    Hey Thanks!!! Toussen TAk (or however its written).... I found something called the Baltic Sea Route ....

    http://www.bikeandsea-denmark.com/uk/2/dk/index.htm

    What do you think ??? ... I know that area shud be wonderful .... Maybe then after that I'll go all the way up to skagen and then go sotuh until I can ferry to the north of Zealand and ride south....AT some point I wud like to stop in Aalborg and have a drink

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    BTW My father in law is from Odense... Nice Island!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miguelangel
    Hey Thanks!!! Toussen TAk (or however its written)....
    Ouch. We won't tell your wife about this. (It's 'tusind tak'.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Miguelangel
    go sotuh ... I wud like
    But maybe we'll just chalk it up to typos

    ---

    OK, I'll be nice now. The route you have shown is essentially what I was describing, and there are plenty of options to take side trips. I have not been to Lolland, but Møns Klint is as good of cliffs as you'll find in Denmark. There is a Safari Park somewhere on Lolland where you can go 'in' with the animals. (search for safari park lolland, or something like that). Svendborg is a lovely sea-side town, as is Sønderborg. Langeland is littered with 'slotte' -- manor houses. There's a good one on Tåsinge, which is the little island between Langeland and Fyn, south of Svendborg. You should really swing by Egeskov, as well, which is a little up from Svendborg on the regional 55 route.

    And you can always cut straight across Fyn to Odense on the way back to see Poppy. HC Andersen came from Odense, so the city has several attractions related to him. The downtown is your typical European downtown, with large pedestrian areas, etc. If you go that way, you can go to Hindsholm and Fyns Hoved (Fyn's Head), the charming peninsula on the north-east part of the island (north of Kertiminde).

    Let's see...what else. I would plan on going clockwise. The wind usually comes from the west-ish, so you can let the ferries do the work on the way out. I don't know if you dug around enough to find this:

    http://www.trafikken.dk/wimpdoc.asp?...nt&objno=63203

    which is an interactive map of all of the national and regional cycle routes.

    One more thing: www.dcf.dk should have a 'Motionskalender' for 2007 soon (I can only find 2006), which lists _all_ of the cycling events in Denmark. If you get here by August 12th, you can ride in Fyen Rundt, the premier event for our little island (rides ranging from 63km to 180km). It's not a race, some people are fairly competitive, others not so much, so think of it as the local MS 150 or whatever.

    Glæd dig! (Have fun!)

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    Hi gcl8a,

    You have provided some excellent information and ideas for a tour. My wife and I will be traveling to Denmark this summer for 5-6 days that is part of a larger European bicycle tour. We'll be taking a train in to Copenhagen, although our departure city is uncertain.

    I was hoping that I could ask you a few follow-up questions, for recommendations on our route. As I said, we'll only have 5-6 days on the bike plus one day in the city. We're not planning to bike very long distances, probably no more than 30-60km per day. And since we won't be camping, we plan to find local hotels or inns each night.

    My primary question is -- are we best staying on Zealand or would it even be possible to make it to Fyn or even Aero, covering such short distances each day? What sites and towns can't be missed?

    We want to see as many of the major sites that Denmark has to offer -- striking a balance between natural beauty, towns & villages, and major historical landmarks (castles, churches, etc.). Oh, and neither one of us particularly likes being surrounded by huge crowds of tourists.

    We will be leaving Denmark by train, either back to Amsterdam or Brussels and can depart from anywhere, it doesn't have to be Copenhagen.

    Any advice you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,
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    Denmark? Absolutely! Drop me in Europe! Anywhere in Europe! I'm sooo jealous!

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    My sister has lived for a long time in the southern part of Fyn. I visited in 1997 and had some great day rides (I wasn't set up for LD touring). It's a lovely place to ride with the smell of the salt air and the abundant flora. I rode down to Faaborg one day and took the boat over to Aero and rode around the island and then got the last boat back in the late afternoon. Absolutely stunning ride- one of my all time favorites.
    As Denmark is a fairly small country (particularly for North Americans!), I think it would be a great place to set up a base and then do some day rides in the vicinity and then move on and do it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenstork
    Hi gcl8a,

    You have provided some excellent information and ideas for a tour. My wife and I will be traveling to Denmark this summer for 5-6 days that is part of a larger European bicycle tour. We'll be taking a train in to Copenhagen, although our departure city is uncertain.

    I was hoping that I could ask you a few follow-up questions, for recommendations on our route. As I said, we'll only have 5-6 days on the bike plus one day in the city. We're not planning to bike very long distances, probably no more than 30-60km per day. And since we won't be camping, we plan to find local hotels or inns each night.

    My primary question is -- are we best staying on Zealand or would it even be possible to make it to Fyn or even Aero, covering such short distances each day? What sites and towns can't be missed?

    We want to see as many of the major sites that Denmark has to offer -- striking a balance between natural beauty, towns & villages, and major historical landmarks (castles, churches, etc.). Oh, and neither one of us particularly likes being surrounded by huge crowds of tourists.

    We will be leaving Denmark by train, either back to Amsterdam or Brussels and can depart from anywhere, it doesn't have to be Copenhagen.

    Any advice you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Dave
    Tak for de venlige ord... (A literal translation of 'thanks for the kind words', but I don't know how 'Danish' that is).

    I love doing this stuff -- I feel like Julie McCoy...

    National route 8 (click on the link in my previous post and then 'nationalruterne' and scroll down) is 360km and hits many of the items I touched on: Møns Klint, Svendborg, Ærø with a small adjustment. A little farther than you're plan, BUT, you could stop in Sønderborg and shave a bit off.

    I'm not too well versed on Sjælland (Zealand), having only been to København so far, but most of the 'classic' historic sites are there (Helsingør, Roskilde, places in and around København). I'm a little partial to Fyn, because I live here, but it's really hits more of your 'towns and villages' aspect than 'historical landmarks'. But as canamdad noted, just going to Ærø is worth coming over this way alone, and Egeskov is great.

    So, might I suggest you consider something like:

    A day to see the sites in Copenhagen. Take the train to Roskilde if you're into Viking history. Then cycle to Svendborg either by going west to Fyn and down the coast, or by way of Falster/Lolland if you want to go to Møns Klint and such. Take the ferry to Ærø, ride it's length, and then the ferry to southern Jylland. End in Sønderborg or Padborg and catch the train to Amsterdam.

    A word of note: while it is easy to hop the train in Denmark with a bike, it's more difficult to take a bike on the EuroCity trains, or whatever they're called. I'll assume you're looking into this.

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    Wonderful, thank you for the great suggestions!

    I knew it was difficult (nay, impossible) to take a bike on any of the high-speed trains but I did not know that applied to EuroCity trains as well. Do you know where I could research this further? I assume bikes ride in baggage cars and only some trains are equipped with these cars. Is this correct?

    I'm guessing that these bicycle trains would be well marked in Copenhagen, but is that the case for the smaller train stations as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenstork
    Wonderful, thank you for the great suggestions!

    I knew it was difficult (nay, impossible) to take a bike on any of the high-speed trains but I did not know that applied to EuroCity trains as well. Do you know where I could research this further? I assume bikes ride in baggage cars and only some trains are equipped with these cars. Is this correct?

    I'm guessing that these bicycle trains would be well marked in Copenhagen, but is that the case for the smaller train stations as well?
    Sorry, I may have been too alarmist. By more difficult, I meant that you can't just walk on with a bike like you can on almost any Danish train (for a small extra fee). In fact, I _think_ there is a bike car on _every_ train that is operated by the DSB (certainly regionals, and I think the InterCity and the Lyn). If the InterCity doesn't take them, then there is always a regional train that goes a little slower. www.dbs.dk has the info on Danish trains. Not sure how much is in English.

    As for the EuroCity trains (and I think I might have the exact name wrong), I _think_ your bike usually goes in luggage, and in some countries, it's not necessarily on the same train (France being the prime example). There have been several threads about this, and I hesitate to speculate furthersince I don't really know, so you should try searching on: 'train' AND 'europe' or something like that. Sorry to not be too helpful with that one.

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    Here's a quick link I have lying around:

    http://www.mayq.com/Best_european_tr..._and_bikes.htm

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    Hey hey - we have a lot of beautiful places here in Denmark. Take a look at this site.
    http://www.dcf.dk/composite-46.htm

    Unfortunately it´s only in danish but a lot of great info to plan rides of various lengths. August and September are normally a great time talking about tourists and weather.

    For cheap camping in the nature see: http://www.skovognatur.dk/Ud/Tema/Sk...r/Overnatning/

    And here you have a map showing campposibilities:
    http://www.friluftskortet.dk/results...=16&submit.y=4

    Have a nice trip!

    Per
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    Another reason to visit Denmark:

    http://avisen.dk/danske-kvinder-euro...er-130207.aspx

    Look at the chart on the right. Should be no need to translate

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