|DENMARK -June 2004|
In the summer of 2004 we decided to spend 6 days touring Denmark whilst on our way to Norway. Crossing into
Denmark from Northern Germany we first headed for the south western Jutland coast, night stopping at Camping Henneby before travelling
along the western coastline as far north as Thyboran. We then cut inland travelling south down central Denmark to Billund and Legoland
before finally heading for Copenhagen and the Oresunds Bridge which was to take us into Sweden and onwards to Norway. Before the trip we obtain a great
deal of information from the Visit Denmark web site and in particular the information provided for
the disabled on this site. Unfortunately the trip was largely uninspiring possibly due to the cooler weather experienced which definitely made
the coast less enticing. However, Legoland and Copenhagen were well worth visiting.
Our stops and Tours
Ringkobing and Thyboran Forced by rain, we decided to night stop early at Camping Ringkobing which is about 1.5Km out of the town. Later the rain stopped and the evening skies brightened and noting a level cycleway running along the sea front of the site in the direction of Ringkobing, we used this to get into this small town. We had a pleasant walk along the seafront and around the small harbour front and the town centre but found little open and the town very quiet. We found most places fairly quiet and we had no problems parking even on the harbour front of Thyboran where we sought out a cafe/restaurant for lunch and enjoyed the sunshine on a much brighter day. Most of Denmark is fairly flat especially along the Jutland coast. The sand dunes can prevent wheelchair access to the beach but provision for wheelchairs has been made at a number of points along the coast and at Hvide Sande, a good walkway provides excellent access. It was a pity about the cold wind though.
Billund (Legoland) After a couple of nights on the Jutland coast and lunch in Thyboran we headed south on a long days drive down the centre of Denmark, not stopping until about 9.p.m. We thought we would try out Denmark's 'Quickstops' camping system. This is operated by a number of sites and if you arrive after 9.pm and leave before 10am, the site fees are reduced by about 30 percent. We tried it again after visting Legoland but found the long days very tiring and it really didn't suit our style of touring. Don't make the same mistake as I did in thinking Legoland is just for kids. True a family would get far more out of it, call me a big kid if you like, but it turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable day and it was nearly closing time when we left! It was truly an amazing place and the working scenes all constructed out of Lego were fascinating in the intricacy and operation. The rides are mainly for kids, I don't think many were wheelchair accessible but we did ride the revolving lift which from its highest point provided and excellent view of the site. Wheelchair access throughout the site was not a problem and we had an excellent lunch in one of the restaurants. Picnic areas are also provide and there are also fast food take-aways. Of course there is a lego shop, but there is also a toy museum and a museum of lego which tells the interesting story of the origins and development of this versatile little piece of plastic so enjoyed by many. If in Denmark don't miss it, it is cheaper than Windsor. Our final stop in Denmark was Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is on an island and to get there on the E20 there is a significant but not cheap toll bridge costing about £35 to cross. It was to cost a further £41 to use the Oresund bridge into Sweden. We headed for the Charllottensund Fort camp site which is just north of Copenhagen. We thought Charllottensund not easy to find and I do not think we would have got there without the TomTom navigator. This was the most expensive site we stayed on the whole trip but it is an excellent location within a 20th century fort on the sea front. It is surrounded by parkland and has easy access to busses into Copenhagen centre. The busses were low floor and wheelchair friendly and we had two excellent trips into Copenhagen, once site seeing, and the other visiting the Hans Christian Anderson musuem and the museum of the 'Strange but True'. There are steps in both these museums but most of it can be seen without too much effort. Copenhagen is level and not too difficult to get around especially the main shopping area which is pedestrianised. The harbour boats/ferry tours are not wheelchair accessible which was a shame because this is the best way to get around to see the major attractions. The weather was fine and warm and we walked everywhere, sometimes out of our way when lost but we didn't encounter any difficulties other than a few cobbled areas.