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Around the Öresund Strait

Öresund – the strait that separates Denmark from Sweden. In its narrowest sections, it seems that literally a stone’s throw to a neighboring country on the opposite bank. You are in Denmark, and you see Sweden. Although for the most part on the shores of the strait beyond its horizon it is not possible to reach with a look. Another thing is by train or car. The Öresund bridge, which connects Danish Copenhagen and Swedish Malmo, is the longest road-rail bridge in Europe. When you were traveling along it, I was already in anticipation of an interesting trip, the route of which ran precisely around the Öresund Strait. Then there were four new Scandinavian cities ahead.

“AROUND THE SOUND”

Copenhagen – Malmo – Lund – Helsingborg – Elsinore – and return to Copenhagen. Why was the route chosen such? It should be explained, because for someone it can be a useful life hack. The fact is that in Copenhagen you have a great opportunity to buy an Around the Sound ticket, thanks to which you can circle around the Öresund Strait. Within 48 hours, you can ride all the trains and buses in this direction (travel by public transport in the cities that are on the road is also included in the price). Thus, you can visit several interesting cities in southern Sweden and Danish Helsingor), where the legendary Hamlet of Shakespeare is located. A prerequisite is to make a full circle. It is allowed to cross the strait only two times: one by train across the Öresund bridge, and the second by ferry between Helsingborg and Helsinger. Ticket price – 299 Danish kroner (approximately 1200 hryvnias). For your understanding, a single ticket from Copenhagen to Malmo across the strait costs 130 kroons. Therefore, this is indeed a very profitable investment for travel.

I wonder why the ticket is literally called “Around the Sound”? It’s simple, “Öresund” from Swedish translates as “sound”.

FROM THE CITY OF WORKERS TO THE CITY OF KNOWLEDGE

Malmo Scandinavian weather in the spring is very changeable. Copenhagen followed the way with a still soft ray of sunshine. Forty minutes later, Malmo met a light rain, which lasted for the next few hours. Therefore, the umbrella should be captured. There are an average of 169 rainy days a year.

Malmo is the third largest city in Sweden. Until the mid-nineties, this city was a powerful industrial center, the locomotive of which was shipbuilding. Subsequently, this industry became obsolete. City depression, unemployment. But the city has chosen a new path, striving to become a center of green technology and innovation. In 1998, a university was created here. Previously, they did not even think about the troubles of the port city. In a fairly short period of time, from a depressive post-industrial city, Malmö has become one of the most modern and environmental. The story of his transformation captures – from a city of workers to a city of knowledge with a completely new innovative infrastructure.

The city is not striking in its ancient architecture, however, modern buildings were built very unusual and original. In local architecture and sculpture, new artistic trends are felt. A lot of modern and postmodern. Especially in dozens of inventive sculptures and monuments, of which there really are a lot. Malmo is also called the “city of parks.” A variety of park areas are spread out like small oases.

The Scandinavian countries stand out as a whole for their low buildings. But it is precisely in Malmo that the highest and perhaps the only skyscraper in all of Scandinavia is located that I have not seen. This is Turning Torso, a skyscraper designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatravi. Its height is 190 meters, on which 54 floors are located. The prototype of the building was a sculpture of the same Spaniard. It is called Twisting Torso, that is, “Twisted Torso.” By the way, this skyscraper serves as a good guide for tourists.

The road to the central square of Malmo will definitely lead you. However, the item “take a walk along the local promenade” should definitely be added to the list of things to do in this Swedish city. The local area Western Harbor is a striking example of the transformation of Malmo. Once there was an ordinary gray industrial port area, and now it is one of the most beautiful and most modern areas of the city. Here Malmö is capable of falling in love with itself, bewitching by the atmosphere of peace and weightlessness, for example, near the local pier with yachts.

Landscapes on the strait and the Öresund bridge open from the embankment. There are many picturesque places for walking, outdoor games, picnics … Picnic culture is well developed in the Scandinavian countries. In almost every city you will find many public places with special areas for picnics, where you can dine with food brought with you. However, this can not be done everywhere. In Malmo, for the first time I saw a sign that says “Picnics are not allowed” at the usual edge near the house on the waterfront.

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