Today I'm a bit excited because we are going to change countries and take the ferry across the Baltic Sea to Denmark which is a first for me.

My so far very reliable rented bike
My so far very reliable rented bike

Nice sunny august morning here in Rostock, had to clear the room by 10 AM as I agreed with the owner, which by the way was not very flexible when I asked him for an extra hour extension to go buy that missing phone charger I was telling you about in the previous post. Anyway I packed and left for the nearest coffee shop in order to plan the day ahead over a cup of coffee which was an inspired decision.

Café Bohne, the best coffee in Rostock?
Café Bohne, the best coffee in Rostock?
Yes indeed, excellent coffee&cookie
Yes indeed, excellent coffee&cookie

After spending some time at Café Bohne checking the ferry time table and other travel details related to Denmark in times of Covid and also a possible camping location on the other side, was now time to go out in the sun to discover Rostock old town pedestrian area.

13th century gothic tower gate to the old city offers views from the top
13th century gothic tower gate to the old city offers views from the top 
University of Rostock, founded in 1419, oldest in the Baltic region
University of Rostock, founded in 1419, oldest in the Baltic region

Spent the sunny morning wondering around the city centre looking at all these beautiful old buildings architecture and people passing by over an extra cup of coffee.

The Fountain of Joy
The Fountain of Joy
New Market Square
New Market Square
Town Hall Rostock
Town Hall Rostock
St. Mary’s Church built in the 13th century
St. Mary's Church built in the 13th century

I decided to take the ferry in the afternoon so I had plenty of time to visit the St. Mary's Church interior where I discovered a fifteenth-century astronomical clock that's the only one of its kind in the world still in working condition with its original clockworks.

The ferry service between Rostock-Gedser is provided by Scandlines on a 2 hours interval for about 25 EUR for a bike tourist depending on the season, better check their web site for up to date information.

First in line or I just missed it? :)
First in line or I just missed it? :)
One hour later
One hour later
Cyclists have priority onboarding the ferry
Cyclists have priority onboarding the ferry
Goodbye Rostock!
Goodbye Rostock!
Rostock beach at the Baltic Sea
Rostock beach at the Baltic Sea
Upper deck offers best views
Upper deck offers best views
If you like to feel the wind flowing through your hair this is the place to be
If you like to feel the wind flowing through your hair this is the place to be
Goodbye Germany!
Goodbye Germany!

Inside the ferry you can find places to eat depending on the budget, a duty free shop and even buy a brewed Starbucks coffee to enjoying with the sea view.

Premium dinning area with a front view
Premium dinning area with a front view
And a regular canteen
And a regular canteen
My lunch/dinner combo
My lunch/dinner combo
My new charger at work
My new charger at work

The Baltic Sea is the youngest sea on our planet, characterised by low salinity and abundant sea life and is surrounded by 9 countries.

Very busy area of the Baltic Sea with heavy ship traffic
Very busy area of the Baltic Sea with heavy ship traffic
Wind power 24 hour
Wind power 24 hour
An inspiring family, well done guys!
An inspiring family, well done guys!
Welcome to Denmark!
Welcome to Denmark!
Info panel about the Berlin-Copenhagen bike route
Info panel about the Berlin-Copenhagen bike route

For a long time I've been waiting to cycle in Denmark which is the most bike friendly country in the world. Here EuroVelo 7 shares the same route with National Cycle Route no. 9 for about 300 km. Looks like there is even a Berlin-Copenhagen bike route web site where you can find more information about organised tours on this route, bike rental solutions and transportation to get here plus other tips from the locals. Also you can check my previous posts for a visual day by day cycling story on this route all the way back to Berlin.

Only 3204 km left to go
Only 3204 km left to go

You know that joke on how to eat an elephant? One piece at a time. I try to apply the same strategy here with the 7700 km long EuroVelo 7 route. I only pray for peace and good health and eventually we'll do it together.

There are even hybrid ferries these days
There are even hybrid ferries these days

That big cylinder on top is actually spinning and is called a rotor sail and helps reduce the fuel consumption and emissions by 5-20% depending on the wind direction and intensity. It uses the Magnus effect to develop lift that helps with additional thrust to the ship which reduces the load on the main engine and so the fuel consumption. The rotor sail was developed in 1920s by the german aviation engineer and inventor Anton Flettner.

Loading again in Gedser and back to Rostock
Loading again in Gedser and back to Rostock

The camping is literally just around the corner in Gedser.

Further down this road is the Scandinavia’s southernmost point
Further down this road is the Scandinavia's southernmost point
You can actually book one of these shelters in advance
You can actually book one of these shelters in advance

It can get quite windy in Gedser and in general the weather here is ever changing so it's nice to have these shelters around, you can even book them in advance at Gedser Nature Center site. There is access to drinking water, a cold shower, a campfire place and toilet on site, no Wi-Fi all for 5 EUR/night/person/tent.

Gedser Naturcenter
Gedser Naturcenter
Day 8 map
Day 8 map

See you soon for our ninth day of bike touring on EuroVelo 7 exploring Denmark's coast line on our way to Copenhagen.

Until next time,

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All photos were taken with my iPhone 11 and Sony DSC-HX60V camera.

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I have no affiliation with EuroVelo or other organisations mentioned here, I am just a traveller sharing his views and opinions.