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Looking for Mountains Near Copenhagen

Hello Fellow Traverlers,

My husband, our two teenagers and I are heading to Germany and Denmark this July/August for 10 days. My question is - and I realize this is odd - is anyone familiar with beautiful mountains which are in northern Germany/Southern Denmark area?

We arrive in Berlin and return to the US from Copenhagen. Our tickets were purchased with miles and aren't very flexible. One son wants to see "cool architecture" and the other one wants to see "big mountains". The original plan was:
- Berlin (4 nights)
- Train to Munich (2 nights) with a trip to Germany's highest mountain, Zugspitze for a day trip
- Fly from Munich to Copenhagen where we'll spend 3 nights.

Now that I'm booking our Munich-Copenhagen flight, I'm discovering neither city is a "hub" and flights are $200+ and involve a layover. Time and $$ are both precious and I'm looking for alternatives.

Thanks for any suggestions!

Posted by
15942 posts

Mountains in Denmark? Maybe that is why all the mountain climbing Danes I've met were in Austria.

Posted by
8940 posts

I'm discovering neither city is a "hub"

Munich is one of the largest air hubs in Europe. Lufthansa and it's Star Alliance partners have direct flights to every major destination on the continent in addition to flights offered by the discount airlines.

Posted by
3521 posts

Looked pretty flat to me when I was there. This map of Germany also indicates that. See height scale in meters in the bottom left corner.

Edited to add Denmark relief map with height scale.

Posted by
2879 posts

An Atlas will help you with your geography. Neither Denmark nor Northern Germany have mountains.

What site are you using to search for flights? Munich has quite a few flights to Copenhagen. But if you want a direct flight, you'll pay more.

Posted by
3521 posts

About the flights, it all depends on the day you want to fly. Google Flights is showing nonstops from Munich to Copenhagen as low as $162 in late July and early August. Prices are much lower with one stop. Take a look.

Posted by
971 posts

The highest point in Denmark is 172 meters above sea level.

Posted by
971 posts

But if your other son wants to see cool architecture, you could check out the Copenhill. https://www.copenhill.dk/, it's an artificial mountain build on top of a waste incineration plant. It's scheduled to open in the summer of 2018, though there is no offical opening date yet. It's the brainchild of star architect Bjarke Ingels https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bjarke_Ingels and is build precisely becuase we have no real mountains. Another of his works is the Maritime Museum in Helsingør.

Posted by
1040 posts

I'm not sure what constitutes a "Mountain" for your son. But As others have said Denmark is rather flat (nice when you are biking). He might like Møns Klint (Moens Cliff), which is about 1 hour 45 minutes from Copenhagen by car. If that is not high enough I can only point you to Kullen in Sweden, which is about 2 hours 15 minutes from Copenhagen by car.

My guess is that you can see bigger mountains in the Munich area - but you will probably get better information in the Germany forum .

Posted by
103 posts

Have you checked out the skyscanner website? I've had some good luck finding cheap flights on that site. Have a great trip!