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Cycle Tour Around Zealand

Travel report: Djævleøen med uret rundt fra Korsør til Korsør langs kysten



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Korsør, Region Zealand, DK (9 m NHN)

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Korsør, Region Zealand, DK (10 m NHN)


A one-week cycle vacation as a replacement due to travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. First the plan was a holiday in Poland as part of the Iron Curtain route (Gdynia-Świnoujście), then a cycling holiday through southern Sweden (Kattegat south), but they were both canceled in order to stay in Denmark. The plan is now to cycle around Zealand clockwise from Korsoer to Korsoer via Kalundborg, Nykoebing Sj., Hundested, Gilleleje, Elsinore, Copenhagen, Koege, the cliffs of Stevns, Praestoe, Vordingborg, Naestved and Skaelskoer.

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The coast of Zealand is very varied. As the island is densely populated, so is the coast with cottage areas, campsites and liveliy beaches. But there is also a lot of nature in between with dunes, coastal forests, both plantations and natural ones, heaths and dry pastures. A special area is the well-known Western Amager with large areas of meadows, wetlands and forests. A special excursion will be to Knudshoved headland on southwestern Zealand. Here nature is particularly "wild" and original with very old trees and shrubs. Its contradiction are Zealand's North and Northeast Coasts, which are characterized by private estates with ditto beaches, all very cultured, distinguished and quite exclusive. In order to make a reasonable distance I intend to skip certain headlands and noses such as Roesnaes, the headland of Zealand, ("Sjaellands Odde") Eastern Amager, Jungshoved and Svinoe.

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Train transport Odense-Korsoer-and back.

Connecting cycle path

I follow the regional cycle route 47 "The coastal route" along the coast of North Zealand from Hundested to Elsinore, national cycle route 9 from Elsinore to Hellerup, national route 6 on Amager and again route 9 along Koege Bay, out on Stevns and on along the east coast to Kalvehave. From Sallerup northwest of Vordingborg to Naestved, national cycle route 7 is followed and from here to Korsoer route 51 in selected stretches. From Kalvehave to Korsoer I also follow shorter stretches of the Baltic Sea Cycle route, which runs here.


The route comprises one ferry crossing across the mouth of the Isefiord between Roervig and Hundested, about 6 km.


84 km


93 km


86 km


38 km

Hviledag i København/Rest day in Copenhagen

80 km


93 km

Mandehoved-Vintersbølle skov

77 km

Vintersbølle skov-Næstved

56 km


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Große Belt Brücke/Great Belt bridge
DK-4220 Korsør



The Great Belt Fixed Link (Danish: Storebæltsforbindelsen) runs between the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen. It consists of a road suspension bridge and railway tunnel between Zealand and the island Sprogø, and a box girder bridge between Sprogø and Funen. The "Great Belt Bridge" (Danish: Storebæltsbroen) commonly refers to the suspension bridge, although it may also be used to mean the box-girder bridge or the link in its entirety. The suspension bridge, known as the East Bridge, has the world's third longest main span (1.6 km), the longest outside of Asia. It was designed by the Danish architectural practice Dissing+Weitling.

The link replaced the ferry service that had been the primary means of crossing the Great Belt. After more than five decades of speculation and debate, the decision to construct the link was made in 1986; the original intent was to complete the railway link three years before opening the road connection, but the link opened to rail traffic in 1997 and road traffic in 1998. At an estimated cost of DKK 21.4 billion (1988 prices), the link is the largest construction project in Danish history.

Operation and maintenance are performed by A/S Storebælt under Sund & Bælt. Construction and maintenance are financed by tollson vehicles and trains.

The link has reduced travel times significantly; previously taking about an hour by ferry, the Great Belt can now be crossed in about ten minutes. The construction of the link and the Øresund Bridge have together enabled driving from mainland Europe to Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia through Denmark, providing an alternative to the significantly longer land route through Finland. Cyclists are not permitted to use the bridge, but cycles may be transported by train or bus.

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DK-4591 Føllenslev




167 km
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DK-3250 Ll. Bregnerød




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DK-3000 Helsingør




189 km
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Kronborg slot
DK-3000 Helsingør


Castle/palace/World heritage site

Kronborg castle in Elsinore
Holger Danske
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Kronborg is a castle and star fortress in the town of Helsingør, Denmark. Immortalized as Elsinore in William Shakespeare's playHamlet, Kronborg is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and was added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list on November 30, 2000.

The castle is situated on the extreme northeastern tip of the island of Zealand at the narrowest point of the Øresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden. In this part, the sound is only 4 km wide, hence the strategic importance of maintaining a coastal fortification at this location commanding one of the few outlets of the Baltic Sea.


The castle's story dates back to a stronghold, Krogen, built by King Eric VII in the 1420s. Along with the fortress Kärnan, Helsingborgon the opposite coast of Øresund, it controlled the entranceway to the Baltic Sea. From 1574 to 1585 King Frederick II had the medieval fortress radically transformed into a magnificent Renaissance castle. The main architects were the Flemings Hans Hendrik van Paesschen and Anthonis van Obbergen, whereas the sculptural work was coordinated by Gert van Groningen. In 1629 a fire destroyed much of the castle, but King Christian IV subsequently had it rebuilt. The castle also got a chuch whithin its walls. In 1658 Kronborg was besieged and captured by the Swedes who took many of its valuable art treasures as war booty. In 1785 the castle ceased to be a royal residence and was converted into barracks for the army. The army left the castle in 1923, and after a thorough renovation it was opened to the public.

The castle's story dates back to a fortress, Krogen (lit. English: the Hook), built in the 1420s by the Danish king, Eric of Pomerania. The king insisted on the payment of sound dues by all ships wishing to enter or leave the Baltic Sea passing through the Sound; to help enforce his demands, he built a powerful fortress at the narrowest point in the Sound. At the time, the Kingdom of Denmark extended across both sides of the Sound, and on the eastern shore the Helsingborg Castle had been in existence since the Middle Ages. With the two castles and guard ships it was possible to control all navigation through the Sound.

From 1574 to 1585 Frederick II had the medieval fortress rebuilt into a magnificent Renaissance castle, unique in its appearance and size throughout Europe.

In 1629, a moment's carelessness by two workmen caused much of the castle to go up in flames in the night between the 24 and 25 September. Only the Chapel was spared by the strength of its arches. King Christian IV put great efforts into restoring the castle. Already in 1631, the work was underway, led by the architect Hans van Steenwinckel the Younger. By 1639 the exterior — which in keeping with the king's wish was reconstructed without major changes — was once again magnificent, but the interior never fully regained its former glory. Furthermore, certain modernizations were made, and portals, chimneypieces, ceiling paintings and other decorations were renewed in Baroque style.

During the Dano-Swedish War of 1658-60, Kronborg was besieged, attacked and conquered by a Swedish army, commanded by Carl Gustaf Wrangel.

As a result of the Swedish occupation, Kronborg was deprived of many of its most precious art works, including the richly decorated fountain in the castle courtyard, Frederick II's canopy and a number of the large ceiling paintings commissioned by Christian IV for the ballroom.

From 1739 until the 1900s, Kronborg was used as a prison. The inmates were guarded by the soldiers billeted in the castle. The convicts had been sentenced to work on the castle's fortifications. The convicts were divided into two categories: those with minor sentences were categorised as "honest" and were allowed to work outside the castle walls; those serving sentences for violence, murder, arson or the like were categorised as "dishonest" and had to serve the full sentence doing hard physical labour inside the castle ramparts. Otherwise, they served their time under the same conditions: they all had to wear chains and spend nights in cold and damp dungeons.

The captain of every ship sailing through the strait had to state the value of ship's cargo. Money that had to be paid to the King of Denmark was then calculated depending on the value of the cargo. The king had the right to buy the cargo for the price the ship's captain stated. This policy prevented captains from stating prices that were too low. The Sound Dues were abolished in 1857 due to an American initiative.

The army left the castle in 1923, and after a thorough renovation it was opened to the public in 1938.

Cultural significance


Kronborg is known by many also as "Elsinore," the setting of William Shakespeare's famous tragedy Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.Hamlet was performed in the castle for the first time to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, with a cast consisting of soldiers from the castle garrison. The stage was in the telegraph tower in the southwest corner of the castle. The play has since been performed several times in the courtyard and at various locations on the fortifications. Later performers to play Hamlet at the castle included Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Christopher Plummer, Derek Jacobi, and in 2009 Jude Law.

Holger the Dane

According to a legend linked to Arthurian myth, a Danish king known as Holger the Dane, was taken to Avalon by Morgan le Fay. He returned to rescue France from danger, then traveled to Kronborg castle, where he sleeps until he is needed to save his homeland. His beard has grown to extend along the ground. A statue of the sleeping Holger has been placed in the castle.

In the Danish tongue he is called Holger Danske.

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Hours of opening

Opening hours 2013

January - Easter (22.3)Tue - Sun11am - 4pm
Easter (23.3) - MayDaily11am - 4pm
June, July and August Daily10am - 5.30pm
September - OctoberDaily11am - 4pm
November - December   Tue - Sun   11am - 4pm

Tickets are sold until 30 minutes before closing time.

The castle is closed for the public on the 1 January, 24, 25 and 31 December 2013.





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