The ’hygge’ bridge in Denmark
Growth Across Water – Creating New Life to Storstrømsbroen
Denmark is a fairy-tale kingdom connecting the European continent with other Scandinavian countries. Denmark has more than 7.300 kilometers of coastline with some of Europe’s best beaches. Denmark is a regal nation full of castles, manor houses and formal gardens where you can get up close to Danish royalty of the past and present.
Denmark is the ultimate safe and easy cycle touring experience with more than 12.000 kilometers of signposted bike routes, gentle terrain, inspirational nature and short distances between amenities.
Denmark is a place full of great fun; including its capital of Copenhagen with Tivoli Garden and Nyhavn, but also found in the many bigger and smaller cities and townships across Denmark.
Bridges, tunnels and ferries ensure connectivity within Denmark. A bridge already connects Denmark and Sweden; a tunnel between Denmark and Germany is soon to start construction.
Storstrømsbroen (meaning Big Stream Bridge) was opened by King Christian X on his birthday September 26th 1937. The bridge is some 100 kilometers south of Copenhagen and connects South Zealand with the rustic islands of Falster, Møn and Lolland.
From the southern tip of Lolland, a ferry service currently connects Denmark with northern Germany from where the future tunnel will be built. The huge infrastructure project will upgrade rail- and motorways while significantly reducing travel time between Copenhagen and Hamburg; and any city in between. It entails the construction of a new Storstrømsbro and destruction of the existing bridge.
The opportunity is to give the existing Storstrømsbro a new life as the ‘hygge’ bridge (look below for a definition of hygge); creating business growth across the water and exploring local produced products and services whilst delivering a new global tourist attraction.
Storstrømsbroen is across Storstrømmen; just about 100 kilometers south of Copenhagen.
The travel time by rail from Copenhagen to Vordingborg with the upgraded railway will be reduced from 1 hour and 10 minutes to about 40 minutes; placing the ‘hygge’ bridge about halfway between Copenhagen and Hamburg.
The ideas for giving Storstrømsbroen a new life as the ‘hygge’ bridge are many; highlights include:
• Accommodation on the bridge – hotels, hostels, apartments
• Shopping – big brands and local ventures
• Entertainment – restaurants, bars, concerts
• Cruise terminal alongside the ‘hygge’ bridge – as alternative/supplement to Copenhagen
• Culture – interrelated with local history
• Business – green sustainable ventures
• Cycle touring/boating/trekking
The basic principles are that the ‘hygge’ bridge is only for soft traffic (pedestrians and bicyclists). Everything is to be self sustainably green. Supply chain aspects are envisaged underneath the carriageway.
The ‘hygge’ bridge will be anything but a normal bridge. Think Pier 39 in San Francisco, or Eiffel Tower in Paris, or Clarke Quay in Singapore – if Danish, Nyhavn on pillars.
The two municipalities on either side of the bridge already cooperate on promoting the region as one integrated tourist adventure and a “blue maritime” strategy exists.