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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Journey to Denmark and Sweden, #3

Our hosts live in Helsingborg, which is across from Helsingor. It's at the Oresund Strait's narrowest point so it's possible to see Kronborg Castle from the opposite side.

The ferry to Sweden took 10 minutes to cross-over, which is barely enough time to put your feet up. My distant cousins, Erik and Bim, live with their daughter, son-in-law and 2 kids. The visit exceeded all expectations and I couldn't have asked for better hosts. We spent two days in Helsingborg and visited nearby Sofiero Castle.

It's really more of a mansion than a castle, really. It was built in 1905 and was originally owned by the Swedish royals but was donated to the city of Helsingborg in the 70s and is now used as a public garden and art gallery.
As for Helsingborg itself, it was a small and narrow city with a lively shopping street for pedestrians and a pleasant stretch of woods to the north. It tends to get bypassed by foreign visitors in favor of the larger city of Malmö to the south which is, after all, connected to Copenhagen by bridge.

Next up: The drive across southern Sweden.


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