Eli Orzessek finds fun on one of the world's oldest running wooden roller coasters.

As the train travels closer to the northeastern corner of Germany, the landscape starts to resemble something out of a Scandinavian crime drama.

In the overcast weather, seaside cottages take on a gloomy tone and the atmosphere holds an eerily profound stillness and silence. On the vast green plains that reach out to the icy grey Baltic Sea, the only things moving are the giant wind turbines.

Having left from Hamburg, our journey to Denmark crosses rural areas, stopping in the Gothic port town of Lubeck,