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Linking countries

We love to travel to Scandinavia and particularly Sweden, but it is not exactly around the corner. Living in Southern Germany that means first driving through most oft he country, about 700km - a distance some of you might smile indulgently about, but for us Central Europeans, it is quite a distance to drive! Then, the fun only starts. Either we take a ferry to Sweden, which usually takes at least 6 hours or goes overnight, or we drive through most of Denmark until we can cross over to Sweden. Untili 2000, one needed to take a short ferry across, too, but since then, there is this marvellous new bridge, the Øresund bridge. I've taken pictures each time we crossed, but only found those of the before last crossing - always from Sweden to Denmark which are neither my best nor the most spectacular. But somehow it always rained or was overcast. *g*

I love to watch how these huge pylons appear, tower over you and vanish again, and again from the start.

Then follows a fascinating part: suddenly, right ahead you see nothing but the see with the street simply vanishing and the shilouette of Copenhagen in the distance:

The second part of the crossing of the sund is done underwater. Nothing special, of course, but I think it's extremely cool to see the water level rise at the sides of the street. If you're lucky you can see crossing container or sailing ships crossing right in front of you!
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How interesting! So the road tunnels down under the water? From the pick it looks like you need to have one of those snazzy cars that turn into a submarine at the touch of a button. :D
Yes, it does, doesn't it? *g* I have a better pic giving this illusion from earlier years, but, of course, couldn't find it - or have lost it; I've lost a whole year's worth of pics due to a backup fail.
Wow. That's quite a bridge!
What I love about it is the way it looms over the horizon when you come close. It's at the southermost end of Sweden, where the country is mostly flat, and you can see it from quite a distance.
Oh wow! That's very kewl!

- Erulisse (one L)
What a fascinating way to cross between the two countries.
Isn't it? I'm forever fascinated by the ways one can cross water and go to a different country. I have yet to travel the tunnel to the UK, as I haven't been there since it was built. A ride on a Hovercraft was also high on my list, but unfortunately that never happened.

...even if we took the train to Sweden when I visited Copenhagen:-)
Crossing the bridge by train must be even better, a trip I have yet to make.
I'm familiar with this bridge and others, due to the fact that I am lucky enough to be able to view some very high quality Scandinavian TV series on our multiculural SBS transmission. (The Eagle, Borgen and some others) I didn't know that the bridge went underwater though, how interesting. You could have a great time taking pics, each one would be different but the same, but all stunning! You have to travel a long way from southern Germany to get to Sweden. To me that sounds like along way, but I live on an island that is 150 miles long by 120 miles wide, measured at their furthest points.

When I lived in Sydney I used to take the overnight bus to Brisbane. I have no idea how far that is, but it was a 14 hour journey, stopping a couple of times for food or to change drivers. That was when I perfected the technique of sleeping in an upright position. My body is still programmed to do this now, given the appropriate conditions.
The trip to Scandinavia _is_ long, one of the reasons it's not your average choice of travel destination from Southern Germany. We envy the North Germans for their closeness to Scandinavia, and they us for the closeness to The Alps (particularly the Ski enthusiasts), Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, and Spain. *g* To my knowledge, for people from the U.S. such a distance is not considered long at all...
It would be a less straining trip, too, if one wouldn't have to cross large masses of water at some point, or drive round them, and could avoid the frequent traffic jams on German motorways. I find driving the same distance on Swedish or French motorways much less tiring sine the traffic is so low and you principally just drive on straight until you reach your destination.
Unfortunately, I can't sleep in the car at all, or we would be able to avoid a night's rest and drive through, with alternate sleeping and driving.
We do have an overnight car ferry to Melbourne, which is supposed to supply a road to the mainland of Australia. Effectively though, it doesn't work very well, as there is so much freight being moved on it that there is never enough space for the cars that should be moved on it. I always thought that the autobahn was a very efficient means of travelling, but I suppose as the population increases it is no longer the case.

My son's American wife thought that the lack of super highways on this island was quite strange, but, peasants that we are we think it is much better the way it is.