Along the Elster and Saale to Bernburg! There wasn't much to see of the Saale in the first part. You are always a bit away from the Saale. It gets nicer in front of Bernburg when you drive through alluvial forests and closer to the Saale. There are a lot of cable ferries with which you can usually cross the Saale for one euro.
A small highlight was an apple by the side of the road. The apples lay down on the ground, depending on the season. One of them was without any damage. A little warmed up by the sun and glowing red, it was a wonderful memory of childhood and tasted wonderful.
September 15, 2021
That was the last tour of our bike tour. From Copenhagen by train over the Øresund Bridge. There is a DOT app (see lettering on the train) with which you can buy tickets for the train and also the ferry in Copenhagen. That would have been very helpful with the ferry in Copenhagen, because otherwise you can only travel with a special card that you have purchased beforehand. You can't pay on board.
We got off in the suburb of Hyllie and then cycled along quiet rural roads towards Trelleborg. Here you get the impression that this part of Sweden does not differ much from the coastal region in Germany. A Viking castle was excavated in Trelleborg and a quarter of it was rebuilt as a museum. You can look at the structure of the castle ramparts and find more information in the museum and in a replica long house. From Trelleborg, the path then goes back closer to the shore. You cycle here on the cycle paths 'Sydkustleden' and 'Sverigeleden'. 'Smygehuk' is the southernmost point of Sweden. Actually there isn't much to see. But you can take a break and go to the café if it's not too crowded.
We were unlucky on this route because the wind came from the front with a force of 4-5. That slows you down a lot near the coast. On the other hand, we also had great light in wonderful sunshine and the wind blew the salty sea air very nicely into our noses. It was exhausting, but also very nice.
August 8, 2021
Today the weather was on our side. In the sun and very pleasant temperatures, the city was explored on foot and by ship. It started with the botanical garden, then to the market halls, with the ship through the harbor and the ‘canals’, past the free city of Christiania to the street food area ‘Reffen’. There was so much life in the city and the beautiful weather was enjoyed everywhere. The Danes are very relaxed and jump into the water almost everywhere or lie in the middle of the city to sunbathe on the jetties. There is so much to discover and enjoy in the city. There were so many more photo opportunities that could have been found.
August 5, 2021
This route was the icing on the cake of all tours. A Swedish-German family later confirmed this to us. It started with the ferry from Helsingborg to Helsingør. This runs every 20 minutes and, by the way, is electric! On arrival in Helsingør you have a beautiful view of Kronberg Castle, which Shakespeare immortalized in Hamlet. Then it goes on small streets near the shore along pretty smaller and neat larger houses and properties. All are very nicely dressed up, but you can also get a kebab or Dürum in between without any problems. There are small fishing ports where fresh fish is unloaded. As a highlight, we were surprised by the Karen Blixen Museum. Although I've seen Out of Africa a lot more times than the Star Wars films, it didn't work out this time with one visit. Time was running out, but next time! There you can admire the gramophone that Denys Finch Hatton gave to the author. Then it goes on a little hilly through beautiful beech forests and before you know it, you are at the gates of Copenhagen. The ride into the city is a lot of fun with the wide and well-filled bike paths. The hotel then greeted us with a large selection of really chic rental bikes. Cool!Of course, things go wrong sometimes. If you don't really know your way around the new Garmin sat nav and omit Komoot for the time being, then it will only be 39 km instead of 45 km. ;-)
August 8, 2021
Today was about making the route. The route from Halmstad to Helsingborg had to be mastered as quickly as possible. Actually, we ride the whole time on the Kallegatleden cycle path, which starts in Helsingborg and ends in Gothenburg. The section between Halmstad and Helsingborg is 160 km long on the cycle path. In order to bend it to 90 km, compromises had to be made. It started again very nicely within sight of the sea. One drives again and again through nature reserves as well as through holiday home areas. What is noticeable is that the rounded rocky peaks have disappeared and there are pine forests (sometimes crippled pines) and small dunes. After 40 km you come to a ridge that extends far into the sea in one of two headlands on the tour. This area is certainly very attractive and the bike path also runs through it. For us it was just a straight uphill path and then a long descent back down. The rest was then just the shortest route on the street or the bike path next to it. Helsingborg is a lively city in which the ferry port plays a major role. After the many smaller cities on the tour, it's fun to see more life on the streets again. Tomorrow the ferry (which runs every 20 minutes) to Helsingør and thus to Denmark is supposed to go.
August 3, 2021
Everything went well today. We got away in time and the streets were still wet from the last of the many downpours of the night. But the most important thing: the wind came from the right direction that supported us. Voila! So it was a completely different cycle. After the drive from Falkenberg it is really beautiful always by the sea. Not directly, but you can see it again and again at a short distance and in our case the surf paints white lines on the horizon. Then you make a wide arc inland to catch the only bridge over a small river. But this one is very pretty and accordingly old. Through fields and nature reserves and past many large and small holiday homes, it goes through a very beautiful landscape. Olles Juice Depå was a delicious surprise. There is a box with cool drinks (delicious elderberry juice 😋) right next to the bike path and the seating right next to it. Payment is made with the trusted cash register or with a special Swedish app. Wow! What a great idea! It was a nice refreshment for us. Shortly before Halmstad comes the small resort of Tylösand with a wonderful beach and a huge golf course, around which you drive almost once. In general, you pass many golf courses and may have difficulties getting a hotel room because a tournament is currently taking place. Once in Halmstad, there is not much to report. The place is on the river (not the car brand) Nissan. There is a castle right on the river and opposite is the statue of the "woman's head" by Pablo Picasso.
August 2, 2021
The route from Varberg to Falkenberg is not that long (which is also very welcome 😉). It always leads pretty close to the sea. Immediately after Varberg it starts very nicely with a bike path over the smoothly polished rocky peaks, on which the surf sometimes splashes when there is a lot of wind like yesterday. There is a lot going through small tourist towns with holiday homes and campsites. When driving on the bike paths, I noticed that pedestrians always come towards you on the right side of the path. For pedestrians there is practically left-hand traffic. But that makes sense, so you can better see who is coming towards you.
Falkenberg is a quite tranquil place with a wide, beautiful beach. The river Ätran flows through it, where you can (should be able to) fish salmon for a limited time.
August 2, 2021
The wind, the wind - the heavenly child can spoil any bike tour. We have already planned the tour from north to south so that the main wind direction supports it, but nothing. The wind blew violently from the side and filled almost exclusively from the front. But the announced rain did not materialize. It's just the kind of weather you should expect on the North Sea, only we inland people don't know that.
The tour today went through many rural sections, through small bathing and holiday resorts and also past larger industrial settlements such as the nuclear power plant in Bua. What is noticeable is that there are few villages in the rural areas like ours. Instead, the houses and farms are spread across the country or finely lined up on a ridge or on the edge of a forest. This cannot be captured with a photo because there is so much space in between. It's probably some kind of Bullerby effect. The beautifully distributed and brightly painted houses make the landscape look like something out of a picture book. And then you sometimes wonder where all the people belonging to the houses are. Despite summer, weekend and high season, it is pretty deserted.
The bike paths are very easy to drive on. But sometimes it goes along the road or the train and the motorway is crossed. A nice highlight is the bird watching station in Getteron just before Varberg. There you get a lot of information about this bird resting area without an entrance fee. Well worth the visit. There is also a cafe. The second highlight is the Festningen Varberg (the fortress Varberg). The old festivals, the cold bathing house in front of it and the harbor attract a lot of life and invite you to stroll and visit.
July 31, 2021
What is Sweden special about? On the first part of the tour, you get the impression that Sweden consists only of pretty wooden houses, perfectly placed and separated by picturesque, smoothly sanded cliffs. So it seems like everyone has a guaranteed view of the North Sea. It is wonderful to cycle on the good bike paths and the best thing is that the bikes have right of way on almost every turning street. Brilliant!
The elongated hook in front of Kungsbacka is actually not worth it. The last part in front of the city is nice, but apart from that it is always on cycle paths along the road away from the sea. The alternative is the direct route to Kungsbacka.
July 30, 2021
After arriving by train via Rostock, Sassnitz, ferry to Ystad, Malmö and a day in Gothenburg, we started today. However, with modest weather: It is raining and a strong wind is blowing. It's not that much fun then and there aren't many beautiful photos either.
But the tour is very nice. It always goes along the water out of Gothenburg and you pass the small archipelago of Gothenburg. Then it goes along the edge of nature reserves.
July 30, 2021