What was known about Denmark before the trip? It is a part of Scandinavia and it has an enormous bicycle traffic.
What have I learned during the planning phase? Accommodation in Copenhagen is a few times more expensive than in Berlin. I thought of a budget eurotrip at first, but that idea got derailed.
Sadly, I had no time to explore the beautiful Copenhagen airport. It was late—like around midnight—arrival, so I was in a rush to check-in—didn't want it to take hours to get to the accommodation place. On the way to exit it was obvious that the airport is very comfortable for a long wait.
As for now terminals 2 and 3 are operating.
Metro has only two lines. It operates 24/7, thanks to its driverless nature. Lights interestingly interchange with emergency exit signs in the video below.
Inside the metro car.
Bicycle parking at Nørreport station at night.
Let's turn on the light now.
Steam from under the ground.
The roadway is narrowing right before the pedestrian cross.
Viborg street. There is a city with the same name in Russia.
The solar panel is covering waste containers.
I asked myself "why do we so poor in Russia?" when I got a check. Yeah, the average salary is about 3 000 DKK back home.
Parking meter. Blå means blue.
Blind facades are nicely painted.
Crane from the side.
Crane from below.
The cooling system of the container. Don't ask me how that link was found.
Let's hook it up and go.
But let's go carefully, not like this car. It reminds me of road signs from the books of my childhood.
Barriers to prevent cars from falling down the water.
The pipe goes around the sign at the top. Direction arrow is really tiny. Cycle lanes are marked even at deserted/industrial area near the port.
Example of a long arrow.
Parking near the port.
Parking near the building.
Parking among the trees.
Give way to everyone?
Something from Titanic is here in this shot.
Magpie and solar panels.
The building has unusual shapes.
Double-decker bicycle parking.
Østerport station navigation.
Footbridge to the platforms.
You can take a bike on the train with you.
Trains to the right rarely leave the station.
In comparison, there is a lot of movement on the tracks to the left.
One of the platforms.
Not so easy to sync with a display to take a picture of what's being displayed.
Places 71–108 are to the left, 11–68 are to the right.
Front of the car reminds a plunger.
Lots of markup on the road.
In the supermarket.
Local food has a Danish flag.
Electronic price tags are common. Fewer things to reprint.
Misting system helps fruits to reach the proper level of humidity.
It helps apples in this case.
Goods are in front of the supermarket. Pay inside.
Price list of Czech beer. Mostly it's 10 USD per bottle. I'm curious if it's 330 ml or 500 ml.
Streets of Copenhagen. A paucity of trees is conspicuous after Berlin.
Park and surroundings of a fortress. It was quite windy up there, but wind didn't carry dust and sand as in dirty Russia, so it was a pleasure to feel its flow with a face and not to squint and turn my back to it.
Picnic setting in a park.
Tesla in a park.
Expanding the flags collection.
Went out with a swan to do a photo shoot. The last pic is my favorite one.
Electric cars are charging.
Side view of the fountain.
Physical parking markup.
Canals and Øresund strait.
Bridge across the strait. Please stop when the light bulb is blinking.
Ways for pedestrians and cyclists are separated even on a bridge.
Thorough separation of ways on the next bridge.
Charger for boats.
The next one is actively being used.
There is no rain, so umbrellas can be folded.
Locked child bicycle.
Aerial work platform.
Paving at a square.
The dog really likes the fountain.
People really like stairs and the square.
Gas is around 1.6 USD per liter.
Bus stop. Buses have dedicated lanes.
No departure times for you, have a pleasant journey.
This display works.
Part of the cycle lane is closed for some repair work. But it's not the end of the story, because there is also a road sign here asking cyclists to shift to the sidewalk. Well, that's not the thing you probably gonna see in Russia. Alright, we don't have many cycle lanes too. But a really wonderful thing here is a tiny piece of asphalt, connecting the cycle lane with the sidewalk, so it's still a barrier-free environment. Such care! We are many steps behind indeed.
What is one of the main attributes of Copenhagen? Bricks.
And bicycles. Lots of bicycles. Lots of like 40% of the population of Denmark uses them.
Bricks and bicycles.
Distance and time to get to some places for cyclists.
Beautiful graffiti. Not beautiful underpass.
Park? No, cemetery. But it's used as a park: people rest, go on a picnic, sunbathe or just stroll. Wait, what? Was it possible to use it this way?
The underpass is closed. Yay! Its road sign is redundant now.
Taxa means taxi.
Metro is nearby.
Stops are written on a bus.
Outside tables and seats are chained.
Frederiksberg station elevator.
Places for a walk.
Entrance to the yard of the house.
House with a pool.
Lamps above the road, as in Saint Petersburg.
Two or three things together can often be bought slightly cheaper, than separately.
It also applies to chips.
Don't park a bicycle here, move further.
Terminal for Rejsekort transport card. You can check here its balance, the history of your journeys, charge it, do check-in and check-out.
There is a paper ticket terminal on the other side—two terminals are back to back.
Gates to check-in and check-out with Rejsekort card at the metro station. The card can be personal (for locals) or anonymous. Single ride with a card is half the price of a paper ticket. Huge deal? Not for tourists. You have to charge an anonymous card with a lot of money in order to start using it. So forget it and get ready to pay 24 DKK for each ticket.
Ticket can be bought from the terminal at the stations or from a bus driver. Entrance to the bus is only through its front door. At least two zones ticket has to be bought. You need three zones ticket to get to/from the airport. Ticket is valid for about 90 minutes, there are unlimited transfers within this period. You have to collect the change from the machine by yourself when you pay to the driver with cash.
Route 8A has red color and A letter. It means that it has a very short interval and goes through the heart of Copenhagen. In other words, it's central. People usually stop bicycle traffic while boarding and disembarking.
The orange color is for regular—less central—routes. Interval is also longer.
Blue color and S letter are for routes with fewer stops. There are also gray color and N letter for night routes.
I understand what time bus route 27 goes, but I have no clue where are its stops. There is a room for improvement.
Driver could skip a stop if you don't press the stop button. It's unusual to see a handrail between the seats.
There is a route number on the screen, fare zone, and the next stop. Advertisement takes turns with the schedule of the future stops, which makes transfers more convenient.
What about going without a ticket? Folks like this one won't like it. I was checked three times during four rides on the metro. By the way, I was checked zero times in Czechia during my all 3 trips.
Elevator at the Øresund station.
There is a nice place for a walk and sports near this station. Lucky for me it was going to sunset.
There was an idea of a shot without a car, like a path to nowhere, like Lost Highway. It turned out to be more interesting with a car and its headlight. More creepy.
House. By the way, tap water is safe to drink.
Entrance to the Femøren metro station.
It's a beauty up here.
Stations are short, so as trains.
I came across a photo of this station on the internet. There was no guard rail here years back. Now there is.
Station's and the train's doors are opened simultaneously.
There are no drivers indeed. There are passengers in the front row. It's interesting to feel how the train accelerates. You ask yourself "why does it keep this particular speed here? Does it just do what man did before? Like following a standard? Does it adjust to what happens around?" Most likely it does adjust because the interval is different throughout a day. There should be remote control as well because there might be failures and emergencies—therefore delays.
Before the trip, I thought how much DKK I need to have for small purchases. The bank across the street from my home rescued me once again—it had Japanese yens earlier this year as well. So the question remained "how much to buy?" Well, I assumed 200 DKK would be enough. If you could only see how the cashier looked at me. Yeah! It was like withdrawal or 200 RUB—barely enough money for a lunch in Russia.
One, two and a hundred DKK. These got home with me, actually. No need to have much cash in Copenhagen.
Get to the airport just in time, not in advance? Yeah, that's what I like to do. Left accommodation 80 minutes before the flight, got to the airport in 40 minutes. Automatic metro works like clockwork.
So it was my first flight with RyanAir. Non-European citizen needs to do a visa check at the check-in desk. Usually, desks close 40 minutes before the flight. I thought it's just a check and a stamp on the paper sheet, so no worries. Well, it really was that simple. 35 minutes to go. Gate was the farthest, like 15–20 minutes walk. Boarding had just started when I got there.
Great way to understand how many services usual ticket includes is to try to fly without them. There was no bus to take us to the plane—we made our own way on feet from gate F1.
If you carry a lot of hand luggage you might be asked by a staff to take your belongings to the luggage compartment in order to reduce the load on the overhead shelves inside the plane.
No way to lean back in these chairs. No seat pockets as well. Safety instruction is pasted in the seat in front of you. Paid food and water. Seat selection is paid too, as well as check-in at the airport.
But why do you need all these services when the whole flight takes less than an hour? There even was a cellular connection for the first five minutes of the flight. Copenhagen is to the left.
The bridge between Denmark and Sweden (the city is called Malmö).
Flying over Sweden. There was a weight distribution problem inside the plane, the rear half was overweight. Yeah, that's where you end up if you don't pay for the seat selection. We were asked by the cabin crew to take any seat in the first twelve rows.
There was not a single woman among flight attendants.
As for guys of the cabin crew, they were funny. "Welcome aboard to the flight to China. Today our captain is Cristiano Ronaldo. His assistant is Lionel Messi. There is [some famous name here] among the passengers."