Hi guys! How are you enjoying this fall so far? Moritz and I had decided it was time for a change of scenery and spent the last week in Denmark. What a beautiful and relaxing country this is!
We packed the car on Saturday and drove off, northbound. As the distance between Stuttgart and Aarhus, where we intended to stay for the first couple of days, is too long for one ride, we split the drive up into two parts and stayed in Hamburg for one night. Beautiful city as well, unfortunately we only had a few hours to walk around before it got dark. We’ll be back! 🙂
In Aarhus we stayed at Marselis, the hotel with one of the most beautiful views I ever had in a hotel room:
I felt like on our cruise through the Caribbean, the ocean was so close! 🙂
One day, the view was even more special:
Some paragliders were flying around in front of our window. Looked like they were having a great time! 🙂
Aarhus is the second biggest city in Denmark but it is still a cute and cozy place. A lot of construction work is going on at the moment because it will be the European Capital of Culture in 2017! So if you want to spent a week in Denmark too, it might be a great idea to wait a few more months and visit Aarhus in 2017.
We started our week in Denmark by roaming the streets, shopping for nicnac in the cute little boutiques and drinking coffee and tee in some of the cute little coffee shops in Aarhus. But be aware, Denmark is quite an expensive country. Six Euro or more for a warm drink is not unusual.
Aarhus also has a castle to offer! Marselisborg was located only a few hundred meters away from our hotel and was thus the perfect destination for an afternoon stroll. It is still in use and the royal summer residence of Queen Margarethe II since 1967.
My favorite restaurant was not located in the city center (especially the ones at the channel are overrated, I think) but in the marina Marselisborg south of the city center. The restaurant Martino serves high quality Italian food and even though Denmark is not known for its vegetarian cuisine (some say, vegetarians are not known to Danish chefs ;-)) they prepared a vegetarian variation of their pasta of the day for me. Lots of fresh veggies and Parmesan. Yummy!
Moritz was very satisfied with his pizza Quattro Formaggi, too. Some of the cheese chunks were bigger than his thumb! 😀
I also liked the view over the yacht harbour a lot.
Definitely a great place to have dinner.
Exploring the Danish countryside
After a few days in Aarhus we moved to the countryside and stayed in Ebeltoft, a small city on the peninsula Djursland. Ebeltoft ist such a cute town. I fell in love with its old, crooked houses right away!
But what we loved most was the proximity to the National Park Mols Bjerge, where we took advantage of the good weather and went hiking.
Don’t get fooled by the word “Bjerge”, which sounds a lot like the German word “Berge”, mountains in English. Denmark is quite flat and Mols Bjerge is not a mountain range. But I loved the rolling hills! Great for easy walking and enjoying the scenery.
My personal highlight were the ruins of Castle Kalo. The history of the castle dates back to 1313, when king Erik Menved forced local farmers to build him a fortress. Fun fact: The stoney street that leads to the ruins is the longest, still preserved medieval street in Denmark!
Time flew by and after a week we had to say good-bye to relaxing Denmark. But is was really worth the long drive. Such a lovely country!
Have you ever been to Denmark? What is your favorite city or area?
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