Our last night in Copenhagen, we went to dinner in Malmö, Sweden. To get there, we took Øresund Bridge. It is not just any bridge. At 7,845 meters (25,738 feet), it is Europe’s longest road and rail bridge (the rail is on a second level below the road) and a pretty impressive engineering feat. To keep shipping lanes unobstructed and avoid interference with planes from the nearby airport, the first portion of the bridge is a tunnel!
You emerge from the tunnel on an artificial island (created from the earth dug out for the tunnel). From there, the suspension bridge starts.
|Artificial island created from the earth excavated for the tunnel|
|The bridge from the island|
|View of the Øresund Strait from the backseat|
The bridge made getting from Malmö to Copenhagen quick and easy (you can still take a ferry). It created a renaissance in Malmö and some people who live there commute to Copenhagen. Prior to that evening, my knowledge of Malmö was almost entirely derived from The Millennium Trilogy, sorry Sweden.
|Beautiful landscape on the way to Malmö, it is traditionally an agricultural area.|
We had dinner in the Old Town. It was great to walk around the old streets and window shop. There were lots of very trendy looking people grabbing dinner and drinks outside.
We drove from Denmark to Sweden, ordered in English, ate Spanish Tapas and followed it with Italian espresso. Next time, we will try to be more international, but it’s definitely not a bridge to nowhere.
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