Northern Germany and Denmark
Northern Germany and Denmark: why fly far away when beauty is so close? That's what my husband and I thought when we planned our big vacation. And so we planned our road trip along the North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts, free of any rules and completely flexible. We have all accommodations over Airbnb organized and I have to say it was the best decision we could have made. We not only saved a lot of money, but also got in very close contact with the local people and had wonderful encounters.
Vacation with compression
If you are on your feet a lot on your vacation, compression should be your constant companion as much as possible. In order to be able to wash them on the go, I recommend that you take a detergent with you when you travel and wash them regularly in a sink and then roll them up in a towel to wring out the largest amount of liquid. Then hang it up and put it on again the next day. I always have for such cases Rei or one of the detergents from average or Juzo in the luggage.
And now you can read where my compression has accompanied me.
We started our vacation with a wonderful silver wedding anniversary and unfortunately the first few days of the vacation were characterized by chronic camera forgetfulness. So there are only a few outfits to see for now.
Wilhelmshaven is a really pretty town with a great south beach. We went on an adventure trip through the mudflats, visited the associated Wadden Sea Visitor Center and the German Naval Museum.
The Oldenburg Castle was really great to look at and the pretty old town also invited to stroll. I just noticed that I was getting a lot of looks here. Isn't it strange that how much attention you get with your stockings varies from town to town?
Bremen just blew us away. The sprawling old town, the Schnoor quarter and the many small alleys took our hearts by storm and, in addition to the sights, offered so much more, especially culinary. We actually only stopped by on the way from Oldenburg to Kiel and really enjoyed every minute of the little detour. Anyone who has the opportunity should pay a little visit to Bremen.
Kiel caused a bit of a damper right after Bremen, because the city couldn't really impress us with the city center. But we felt all the more comfortable on the promenade. Cafés and restaurants along the jetties, a large harbor and the sun behind you - this is what a holiday feels like.
One of the biggest highlights for us was Flensburg with the best weather, the rum regatta and a fantastic Airbnb domicile in the middle of the city center. The stars just couldn't stand for us better. There were stalls with all kinds of delicacies along the quay and we were enchanted by the beauty of this atmospheric port city. The Kapitänsweg, which leads to the most important points of the city's history, was exactly the right thing to get to know better.
And already we were at our first stop in Denmark. Middelfart is a beautiful old coastal town where I had a great encounter with a lymphatic therapist. We sat on a bench and enjoyed the view when a very nice woman approached me that she would be grateful if her patients wore colorful stockings like me. We had a very lively conversation and I fondly remember it.
In addition to the usual sightseeing, we took part in the bridge walking and were able to enjoy the view on a tour on an old iron bridge.
In Odense we have that Bunker Museum visited, which was to be visited in a real bunker built for the Cold War. Then we followed in the footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen from the house where he was born to his museum, where I fell absolutely in love with his life story. His silhouettes, the stories about his being and his special career were so inspiring and gave me a completely unimagined view of his life's work.
You don't really have the actual dimensions of Denmark on your screen and so we could spontaneously decide to make a detour to the beach on the way home. And so we ended up in Kerteminde, where this beautiful picture was taken.
The Egeskov Castle offered a grandiose day between wonderful walks through the castle park and small attractions, such as a vintage car museum, a labyrinth and a tree top walk. The modern landlords have tapped the full potential of their estate and created a small paradise for family outings.
Roskilde was the capital of Denmark until 1443 when Copenhagen gained importance and took over. Nevertheless, this city, or rather its port, has made history. In the mid-60s, a number of Viking dragon boats from the 11th century began to be recovered. The museum around the fjord exhibits the restored ships as well as all stages of the traditional manufacture of Viking ships. It was unbelievably impressive how the museum staff only used an ax and blacksmith to build these ocean-going long and merchant ships.
After all the wonderful places in northern Germany and Denmark, where we enjoyed the laid-back nature of the Danes, there were a few significantly different days ahead of us in Copenhagen. Our euphoria was dampened by the dense tourism and the typical big city features. But there was still a lot to see and so we “worked off” our plan.
The amusement park Tivoli in the middle of the city opposite the main train station has a very special flair. Although you pay a high price for admission and an Unlimited Ride card, we enjoyed the day there and, for example, visited Petzi (Oh my God, the pancake restaurant was the mouth of a whale. How cute is that ?!), completely drove a devilish brain slingshot (never, never, never again) and saw the evening laser show.
We liked that best Cistern - a magical place under Frederiksberg. Only a few rays of daylight are mirrored through the dark halls and fill them with a mystical atmosphere. Absolutely impressive!
I haven't seen it for 20 years and since this island means childhood to me, it was a special waypoint on our trip through northern Germany and Denmark. I'm reassured, hardly anything has changed and even now with growing eyes the island is still as beautiful as it was then. And I have a little anecdote for you too!
After a night that was clearly too short, but all the louder, we drove to our last stop in Lübeck. And without further ado we miscalculated mightily. We just wanted to walk around the old town for a short time, but not necessarily walk for 2 hours ... Well, we at least worked off the marzipan for that. What a beautiful and terribly large old town!
That was it, my wonderful two week road trip through Northern Germany and Denmark and it will definitely not be the last. I hope you enjoyed the far too detailed travelogue a little. If so, please let me know, if not, better not tell me 🙂
Conclusion: Northern Germany and Denmark - pain, yes, but in moderation.
Road trips are a good way of traveling for lipedema sufferers as long as the distances are short. Due to the daily very extensive exercise and enough rest in the evenings in our quarters, I got along well and had no major pain problems. Of course, my calves didn't let me forget the exertions of the day, but I imagined it to be much more dramatic. Here the operated legs will probably benefit me.
I wish you a great holiday season and above all a lot of relaxation!