Andrea’s Denmark

24.03.2019

Andrea Elisabeth Rudolph points to the meaningful places around Denmark that stand a little closer to her heart. Andrea Elisabeth Rudolph ved Københavns havn

The Garden Island

It’s little wonder that the island of Funen is considered a fairy tale place. In addition to its rolling hills, chocolate-box cottages and historic sites, Hans Christian Andersen was born here. The archipelago to the south is a haven for boaters and beachgoers alike, and it was in this area that Andrea spent her formative years. “If I didn’t live in Copenhagen, I’d live here. It’s one of Denmark’s most beautiful regions. To me, it’s synonymous with adventure and discovery: I lived here in my early twenties, but have always returned — albeit for short periods. There are so many interesting people who live here; artists, hippies and true characters. I recommend sailing around the South Fyn Archipelago and stopping for a burger at Jette’s Diner in Svendborg.”

Vinterlandskab i Vejby

A Hidden Gem

Speckled with welcoming resorts, wide sandy beaches, undulating, heather-covered hills and enchanted forests, Zealand’s northern coast is where Andrea and her family come to relax. Their family holiday home in the old resort town of Vejby is a stone’s throw away from the action, shielded from the wind by tall trees and where the breadth of the beach depends on the mood of Mother Nature. “We’ve had a holiday cottage in the area since 2003, so I feel like my roots are here. The sea is very similar to that of Denmark’s west coast except for the underset and I feel the greatness of nature when I’m there: from the wildness of the waves to the meeting of sky and sea; the sunsets are magical, too. And the water is so clear and clean. This place is my sanctuary. I forget everything when I’m there, and my shoulders sink. And we’re only a bike ride away from great food, summer parties, open-air concerts, good friends and my parents.”

The Little Belt

From charming waterfront towns to its marine nature park, the jagged coastline of the Lillebælt region is home to a wealth of wonder and watersports — and to Andrea’s childhood summers. “My parents had a holiday home on the Little Belt coast, just south of Kolding. The place itself was nothing special, but the proximity to the water made it the perfect place for childhood adventures. My brother and I spent hours in the sea, sailing, surfing, swimming. I’ve spent more hours in the water than I care to count. My parents would hang a tea towel on the balcony as a sign for us to come in for dinner. And we would day-trip to Skamlingsbanken, the highest point in southern Jutland and site of many historical events, where we would hike to the top and run all the way down.”

Andrea i Københavns havn ved Operahuset

Copenhagen Calling

Balancing a big city attitude with a local vibe, Denmark’s capital city is one of contrasts: old and new, big and small. The epitome of Scandi-cool, it’s proudly basking in its global sunshine. And rightly so: there’s so much to enjoy in the little northern metropolis, to which Andrea moved to in 1998. “I knew I would end up here. Despite it being my fear when I was younger, I landed in the city after a quick pit stop on the island of Funen and I fell in love immediately. It’s impossible not to. Safe, easy to navigate, inspiring, creative, entrepreneurial, cultural, green: Copenhagen really does have it all. I’m proud to call myself an honorary Copenhagener. There’s such a spirit of community here, too. Geographically, it is so close to nature. And the sea has always been important to me, so the fact that we can bathe in the harbor or at the coast is an added bonus.”

Andrea i København

Nyhavn i Købehavn

Childhood Nostalgia

Henne Strand on the west coast of Denmark has always had a special place in Andrea’s heart. As a child she would visit her grandparents every summer at their holiday home by the town’s rolling and rugged sand dunes and windswept heathlands. The area has some of Denmark’s most beautiful nature — picturesque bays, endless beaches and nature-rich marshlands, all shaped by the uncompromising North Sea. “I have such vivid, happy memories of my childhood in West Jutland. It’s such a special place in Denmark. My grandparents mean a lot to me. We used to eat fresh braided bread from the local bakery and my grandmother would smother us in Nivea cream and drag us up and down the dunes, where we would roll around in the sand before running into the sea. I would spend hours on the beach, building drip castles and collecting shells. I remember being scared of the sea, which is rougher and more menacing there than in other parts of Denmark: it was vast and fascinating and I am still humbled by it today.”

Vesterhavet fra Fanøs kyst
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