A self-confessed travel freak, I am trying hard not to while away this opportunity of being in Sweden with a Schengen VISA; Exploring as many places as possible constrained by student budget 😉
In this post, I will focus on one interesting fact that recently dawned upon me.
While Göteborg itself is fantastic for umpteen number of reasons, it took me a few months to realise that you could reach three country capitals from Göteborg within less than 4 hours, for prices less than about 200 SEK!
Not that country capitals necessarily are the best places to crash into if you are exploring places , but nonetheless it is fun to have checked out as many country capitals as one can.
Depending on if you decide to go by bus or train (I don’t drive, so won’t comment on cars) you can reach Stockholm (3 hours), Copenhagen (3.5 hours) and Oslo (4 hours) from Göteborg by bus/trains. Helsinki and Berlin too are not that far, but I will stick to the ones where traveling by buses and trains make more sense.
For an EarthPorn aficionado like myself each of these routes offer the best-est view of the country side, with water bodies bringing in their exquisite scenic beauty, running past the window-shields in a never ending montage of nature’s hues and patterns.
Enroute to Stockholm
This rail link skims through some of the best rural landscape in Sweden. Passing numerous towns, wide fields, shallow shores and houses in hilly valleys is a sight to behold. During winter the snow cap on the bald trees and cosy houses is another mystic vista.
Entering into Oslo
The best entry into a city, hitherto on road is to Oslo. Remarkable sight as one enters into this posh-er city. Oslo’s buildings are as if emanating from a computer game – tall, almost unrealistic architecture, with the Scandinavian touch of river mouth opening at the city centre, where one finds the Opera House soaking itself. Wait for the daylight to dim, to see the glitter and gloss of this urban palace.
Crossing into Copenhagen
The Øresund Bridge is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe, connecting the southern tip of Sweden to Denmark – the cities Malmo to Copenhagen. Running at 8 km, this cable stayed bridge also has a under-water tunnel portion which makes the border crossing scintillating, each and every time. The vast expanse of water on either sides, tall arrays of wind mills swirling elegantly and the ever present fog leave you mesmerised.
These are just salient features of the journey, and I have refrained from delving into any details at all. Of course, each of the cities has remarkable places to be visited, fascinating food to be tasted and the usual rituals of strolling as a tourist into any new place. Winter has gone by, and the skies are clearing – make your plans for the weekend 😉
Plan ahead and travel to Stockholm on the simply brilliant SJ trains