Rødbyhavn Transportation Tips by Nemorino

Rødbyhavn Transportation: 10 reviews and 24 photos

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1. Another ferry passing ours - Rødbyhavn

1. Another ferry passing ours

On the ferry



Photos:
1. Another ferry passing ours
2. People snoozing on the upper deck
3. German flag on the south end of the ferry
4. Danish flag on the north end

For those of us who don't do it too often, riding on a ferry is a pleasant experience with lots of fresh air and views of the sea, or in this case the Fehmarn Belt.

This route is called the Vogelfluglinie -- German for "bird flight line" -- to make clear that it is the shortest route from Hamburg to Copenhagen.

Mode: TO

Type: Ship/Boat

Website: http://www.directferries.co.uk/puttgarden_ferry.htm

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  • Updated Nov 16, 2012
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1. Second class in a Danish EC3 train - Rødbyhavn

1. Second class in a Danish EC3 train

Trains from Hamburg to Copenhagen



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1. Second class in a Danish EC3 train
2. Signs above the doors in the train, giving coach and seat numbers and the destination Københaven = Copenhagen
3. Text in the train about Kaj Munk
4. Free coffee and Danish newspapers in First Class

There are currently six direct trains per day from Hamburg to Copenhagen via Lübeck and the Puttgarden-Rødby ferry. Three of these trains are German InterCityExpress trains (ICE) and three are Danish EuroCity trains of the EC3 variety.

Since this rail line is not entirely electrified, the trains have diesel engines, so they sound and feel rather clunky compared to most long distance trains in Europe. But after getting used to them I found the trains very pleasant and comfortable.

The trip from Hamburg to Copenhagen takes roughly five hours, including 45 minutes on the ferry. The normal price for a one-way ticket is 78.80 Euros, but they sometimes have special offers for as little as 39.00 Euros. As I mentioned on my intro page, I didn't have to pay anything except for three thousand "Bonus Points" from the German Railway system.

One of the EC3 trains I went on was named after Kaj Munk (1898 – 1944), a Danish playwright and Lutheran pastor who was murdered by the Nazis during their occupation of Denmark during the Second World War. In the train there are text panels about Kaj Munk in both Danish and German (third photo). These texts point out quite correctly that Munk supported the Danish resistance movement against the Nazi occupation, but they neglect to mention that Munk actually favored dictatorship, not democracy, as his preferred form of government -- just that he wished for a civilized Scandinavian dictator, not a brutal German or Italian one.

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Type: Train

Website: http://www.dsb.dk/cs/Satellite?pagename=DSBUK/Forside

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 16, 2012
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1. EC3 train in the ferry - Rødbyhavn

1. EC3 train in the ferry

Train in the ferry



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1. EC3 train in the ferry
2. Narrow passageway to walk to the stairs

When the train arrives the ferry is already waiting and is already loaded with cars, trucks and other such obsolete vehicles, so when the train is rolled on the ferry can shut its doors and leave the dock almost immediately.

Passengers have to leave the train during the crossing, and the train is locked for about forty-five minutes.

There is a narrow passageway to the staircase that leads to the upper decks. It helps to remember which level your train is on (2 or 3, usually) and which staircase you took (A, B, C or D) to get upstairs.

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Type: Train

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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1. Tugboat "Baltsund" in the Fehmarn Belt - Rødbyhavn

1. Tugboat "Baltsund" in the Fehmarn Belt

A spunky little tugboat



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1. Tugboat "Baltsund" in the Fehmarn Belt
2. The tugboat pulling a barge

We landlubbers rarely see tugboats in the normal course of events, but we often read about them to our children and grandchildren.

Tugboats in children's stories are spunky, cheerful little creatures. The didactic intention of these stories is of course to encourage the children to be spunky, cheerful little creatures themselves, instead of just whining and moaning as they are prone to do if left to their own devices.

Anyway for us it's always fun to see a tugboat in action, as here in the Fehmarn Belt from the ferry between Germany and Denmark.

Update: VT member Tugboatguy, who as his member-name implies knows a lot about tugboats, was kind enough to have a look at my photos. He says the Baltsund is "a fine working tug" with a North Sea bridge like the one on his own tugboat. "The design deflects a green wave deck-ward rather than busting the windshields/glass."

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Type: Ship/Boat

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  • Updated Apr 23, 2010
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1. View from the train window - Rødbyhavn

1. View from the train window

Trains in Denmark



Photos:
1. View from the train window
2. Passing through a station in Denmark
3. A DSB train (Danish State Railways)

After rolling off the ferry at Rødbyhavn, the train continues on to Copenhagen (=København), stopping four times along the way.

The trip from Rødbyhavn to København takes two hours and twenty-two minutes.

Mode: TO

Type: Train

Website: http://www.dsb.dk/cs/Satellite?pagename=DSBUK/Forside

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 2, 2009
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1. Puttgarden and its new windmills from the ferry - Rødbyhavn

1. Puttgarden and its new windmills from the ferry

Puttgarden



Photos:
1. Puttgarden and its new windmills from the ferry
2. Puttgarden railroad station
3. Taking photos from the ferry
4. Leaflet about Fehmarn, on display in our local bakery in Frankfurt

The German island of Fehmarn got its first railroad line when the Fehmarn Sound Bridge was inaugurated in 1963.

The railroad station and ferry terminal at Puttgarden were built at the same time. Before that, the ferries had to take a longer route from the German mainland to Denmark.

Fehmarn claims to be "Germany's Sun Island Number One" and does a lot of advertising to attract tourists, but I don't know anyone who has actually taken their vacation there.


Update: After writing this I got on my bicycle and rode over to the bakery to buy some rolls and croissants for breakfast. On the shelf in the bakery where they display leaflets advertising concerts and other local events in our little corner of Frankfurt I also found this leaflet (fourth photo) about "Fehmarn, the sun island" -- so somebody in our neighborhood must have some connection to Fehmarn, I suppose.

GPS 54° 30′ 0″ North, 11° 13′ 0″ East (Puttgarden)

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Type: Ship/Boat

Website: http://www.fehmarn.de/

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  • Updated Jul 5, 2009
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1. Rødbyhavn from the ferry - Rødbyhavn

1. Rødbyhavn from the ferry

Rødbyhavn



Photos:
1. Rødbyhavn from the ferry
2. Sign at Rødby Ferry train station

Rødbyhavn ("Rødby Harbor") is the harbor on the northern shore of the Fehmarn Belt (southern shore of the Danish island of Lolland), where the ferries arrive from Puttgarden.

There is also a town called Rødby, about five kilometers to the northeast, with a population of nearly 2300 people at last count.

GPS 54° 41′ 28″ North, 11° 23′ 21″ East (Rødby)

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Type: Ship/Boat

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 2, 2009
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