Weekend Break in Copenhagen

We had an unforseen opportunity to visit my father-in-law on his small yacht at the Baltic Sea, something that we had done before. After a summer in Norway and Sweden he finally approached Copenhagen, Denmark, and said: “If you guys want to join me for a weekend, just pop into a plane and come to Copenhagen.” We did not need to think twice, packed our stuff and hopped on the next plane to Copenhagen.

Uwe Gorber Sailing
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It’s not a long flight from Munich to Copenhagen, and so we met Friday evening in Copenhagen’s Christian’s Havn, probably one of the most scenic and authentic city harbours around. In countless small channels you are greeted by ships big and small, by yachts as well as old timers. You are surrounded by appartment houses, small shops, restaurants, cafés and supermarkets, and the city center is still just a 15 minute walk away.

Christians Havn Copenhagen
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Christians Havn Copenhagen
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Of course we took the opportunity to briefly visit the other must-see harbour in Copenhagen, Nyhavn (“The New Harbour”). This is a very touristic place, especially during summer, as people stroll along the restaurants and cafés or just enjoy the busy place. All the tourist boat trips start here, making the place even busier. Only old timers and historical yachts are allowed to moore here, so we did not qualify for this, but then again, we had come for a good bunch of sailing…

Nyhavn, Copenhagen
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On Saturday morning, the wind was right to get to a small town called Rødvig, situated just south of Copenhagen, all-in-all a short 20 sea miles leg. Easy.

Rødvig Denmark on the map
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Compass
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All said and done, we entered the Carina and sailed away. A clear and sunny day with plenty of wind and waves were enough for a pleasant ride to Rødvig, were we enjoyed one of the excellent fish restaurants in the evening. The most impressive thing about sailing is to me that it gets you carried away from your daily business and worries really fast. Just two days of fun on the water have the same recreational value as if you were away for a week or so. :-)

Sailing Baltic Sea
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And so, on Sunday we sailed back to Copenhagen and took the last plane in the evening back home. Too sad that it was just a weekend break, but I am lucky to be able to enjoy this luxury.

I want to close off this blog entry with a lovely shot of Petra taken in the very moment when a bigger wave crashed across the ship, threatening to splash across her as well. The shot is all blurry, and I loved it the second I saw it on the back of my camera. It is my absolute favorite photo from this trip:

Petra Zanzig Sailing
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One Response to “Weekend Break in Copenhagen”

  1. Lovely pictures. Glad you enjoyed your sailing trip! I know the feeling when you say how enjoyable sailing is and how a two day break is as good as a week :)