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A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
July 3, 2013



When Sweden joined the European Union the amount of alcohol allowed to be brought back in to Sweden from fellow European Union countries increased. In fact, ever since January 1st 2004 the amount of alcohol allowed to be brought back in to Sweden from fellow European Union countries is pretty much unlimited. Because of this many Swedes go on day trips, mainly to Germany, with the sole purpose to stock up on alcoholic beverages. And due to the fact that these types of trips to Germany have become so popular, Bordershops with all kinds of alcoholic beverages for sale have been built next to ferry terminals in Germany so that people quickly can cross the border, buy alcohol and return home.

Of course the main reason us Swedes go all the way to Germany to buy alcohol is because the alcohol is a lot cheaper there than in Sweden. For instance, a bottle of wine that cost 3,5 Euros in Germany cost about 7 Euros in Sweden. Or if I compare the price of Absolut Vodka, price per liter, it costs about three times as much in Sweden as in Germany. Basically the tax on alcohol in Sweden is so high that if you go to Germany and buy lots of alcohol it becomes cheaper than to buy it in Sweden. Actually, I have written a post called "Why alcohol monopoly in Sweden?" about the alcohol monopoly in Sweden where I explain a bit about how the alcohol monopoly system works in Sweden.

Now although I do not go on trips like these often, I did go on one a few weeks ago to stock up for the summer season. And because I love to travel I really enjoyed to just get away for a while, even if it was for less than 24 hours. :-)

So below are some photos from my Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
This is where we got picked up by the bus around 4 AM in Karlskrona, Sweden (where I live).

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
After a few hours on the road we crossed the Oresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
After a few hours on the road through Denmark we hopped on one of these and made our way from Rodby in Denmark to Puttgarden in Germany.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
The ferry ride took about 45 minutes.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
Entertainment options on the ferry.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
I really needed one of these after having gotten up so early in the morning (middle of the night). ;p

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
Time to get on the bus again.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
About 5 minutes from the where the ferry arrives the huge Bordershop was located, our destination.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
The Bordershop is actually a boat.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
The Bordershop has four floors packed with different types of alcoholic beverages, and some other things too, but mainly alcohol.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
And there were plenty of opportunities for some wine tasting.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, GermanyA Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
Even unsupervised wine tasting. Hehe.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
And it was very obvious who the main target audience was, a very Swedish Midsummer display.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
Also very Swedish and traditional to drink on Midsummer's Eve.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
There were signs like this everywhere with information of how much money we saved by shopping there instead of in Sweden.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
Beer!

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
Shopping, shopping, shopping.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
My cart, I would like to point out that I did not buy all this just for myself. Hehe.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
The bus we rode on.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
With a trailer of course, so we all could fit in our finds.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
Well organized.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
Nice view behind the bus.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
Though we did not have much time to enjoy it. In total we were in Germany about 3 hours, we had about 2,5 hours to shop.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
So before we knew it it was time to head back home to Sweden again.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
Relaxing on the ferry.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
Ahhh. :-)

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
Me.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
In Denmark again.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
Over the Oresund Bridge.

A Bordershop Express Trip To Puttgarden, Germany
And back home in Karlskrona, Sweden. Time to unload.

The trip went smoothly I think. It was the first time I went on an Express version of this trip, which meant fewer stops along the way and that we returned a bit earlier home than with the ordinary version of this trip. And though I would have liked a break on the five hour journey from Karlskrona to Rodby, it was nice to get home earlier than I have before on the other trips like this. Therefore, when I go on a Bordershop trip again it will be an Express one. :-)

/A.L
 
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