It has been very quiet on this blog for a very long time now and we’re happy we’ve finally found the time and the feels to go on with a new post.
In March 2019 I gave birth to our beautiful little Tilda and of course, she brought us a new form of joy, love, exhaustion and new priorities with her.
Which doesn’t mean we forgot to travel. In contrary. Outside my belly, Tilda traveled to five countries already being only 11 months old. We think, this is awesome and will definitely continue to see more and more with her. She enjoyed all of it.
Baby and child-friendly Denmark
Scandinavia fans know, Europe’s north is perfect for traveling with kids. The infrastructure is perfect and the weather isn’t too hot. The hot summer of 2019 made us almost think about leaving the country, anyway.
I don’t know what it’s like for other mommies, but I can imagine so many better things than mommy-baby-sweat during breastfeeding. It definitely doesn’t become too hot in the north.
Therefore we made our first trip (including Jan’s part of the family) to Denmark. To be exactly to Southern Denmark, Syddanmark, an idyll between North and Baltic Sea. From Frankfurt, we had an 8 hours drive which is quite long especially with a screaming three-month-old. It was worth though, once we had arrived. This way we could also somehow ‘practice’ to travel with a baby and had luckily additional help from my parents-in-law.
We had a beautiful house in Bredebro not far from the dike. It was perfect for a nice evening walk with a cute little squaller. When it was raining (it’s Denmark and it happens quite a lot) we could watch the rain from our beautiful winter garden.
Some eggheads think, traveling with a baby is too exhausting, especially for the baby, not worth the time, blah blah blah. Meanwhile, there are more than enough family blogs to prove those wrong.
Traveling is a great change during everyday family life. It breaks your routine even if you still have to prepare bottles. You do and see something new while your baby can watch the new environment.
Tilda made her biggest development leaps during our trips and she loved the fresh air in Denmark. She was in a very good mood this week.
Syddanmark – what to see here
Some might find it boring, others find peace on earth here. There’s nothing spectacular happening here and those coming don’t expect it.
From our house in Bredebro, we made some trips to the beautiful surrounding.
The most classic thing to do in Syddanmark is taking a walk at the car beach of Rømø. Tilda didn’t like the North Sea wind, but we all enjoyed the fresh air. The sheer size of the beach is impressive.
What you have to take with plenty of humor, is the German presence in Southern Demark. Being neighbors on the one side and for historical reasons on the other, there are lots of ‘tysker’ to find here. The question is whether it’s necessary to play annoying German songs at the pølser booths of Havneby. There’s not a lot of Denmark feeling coming up here. It might be a type of person thing whether to like this or not. But the backdrop of the basin is nice and you have the possibility to take the ferry to Sylt.
There are definitely more spectacular places than Tønder. The Old Town is ok for a walk with the baby. For those of you who want to eat a Pølser without the annoying sound of German bogan music, you’ll find it here. It’s definitely worth a short visit. The shopping street is really cute.
Near Tønder, there’s another cute place called Møgeltønder with the Schackenborg Slot (Castle). We definitely should have looked up opening times before. Maybe visiting is only possible with guided tours. You have to look this up yourselves if interested. It looked nice from the outside.
We were in Ribe a few years ago and we really loved this place. It’s Denmark’s oldest town and we would come back at any time.
The Old Town is beautiful and if you’re a self-provider like we are, the market is good to buy some delicious stuff.
This place here was really nice. We made our first little road trip with Tilda here outside of Germany and it was a great success.
We had amazing weather in Sønderbørg and the color of the Baltic Sea was mesmerizingly blue. The colorful houses at the promenade were the cherry on the top. There’s a little castle here and lots of restaurants in the main street (which is not very long) which are quite affordable for Denmark standards. Here, Tilda fell asleep in my arms for the first time without me breastfeeding her or doing other weird stuff.
There are a few nice corners and the view from the other side to the promenade is definitely worth making a stop here.
If you’re lucky and here in summer, you can see the royal yacht in the harbor.
At Dybbøl Banke we wanted to give Tilda her first history lesson. As expected she was not very interested and preferred treating this place with her ultrasound like voice.
Nevertheless, Dybbøl Banke is a historically important place in Denmark on the one hand (1864 is the year for you to google) and beautifully landscaped on the other hand.
Trips to Germany
From Bredebro, it’s a one-hour drive to make short trips to Flensburg and Glücksburg. We had some nasty weather here, but we will definitely return sometime.
As said, due to the weather, we couldn’t do a lot here (I’m not sure whether we could have otherwise). But we enjoyed our walk at the harbor and our bread roll with fish at Gosch’s. The Old Town was pretty, we love Hanseatic architecture.
Expectedly, Tilda slept most of the time. Germany’s northernmost city is not to miss when in the area.
This is a really beautiful renaissance water castle and absolutely photogenic. Our little baby was not in the mood, so we couldn’t stay for long. But you also don’t have to.
The week was over so fast and our first trip with Tilda a great success. We definitely wanted to do more after this trip. Denmark will definitely happen a lot in the future. If you want, click here to see my Instragram page with a few more pictures!