ANDERSEN’S BIRTHPLACE AND THE FUNEN VILLAGE
Explore the beautiful island of Funen considered the “garden of Denmark”, by visiting the house where famous author Hans Christian Andersen was born as well as an interesting open-air museum where we find out about everyday life in a Dutch village two centuries ago.
What we will see
- Island of Funen
- Odense and Andersen’s birthplace
- The Funen Village: open-air museum
What we will do
- We leave Aarhus behind us and head south by coach to cross the Little Belt Bridge connecting the Jutland peninsula to the island of Funen, one of the largest in the country.
- Known as the “garden of Denmark”, the island of Fionia is an enchanting succession of gentle hills, orchards, hedges and flowers of all kinds among which stands out picture-perfect architecture: barns, traditional as well as modern houses, mills, bell towers and numerous castles.
- Our destination is the island’s fairy-tale capital city of Odense, famous for being the birthplace of author and national symbol Hans Christian Andersen.
- Here, we visit the house where Andersen was born, a low yellow cottage and now a museum where we can admire some of his letters, manuscripts, personal items and books.
- After an enjoyable lunch in one of the local restaurants, we reach Fynske Landsby, the Funen Village, a Dutch village that has remained practically unchanged with original buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries now an open-air museum.
- We wander around the streets at our leisure, entering barns, gardens, houses owned by farmers as well as by richer families and learn how everyday life used to be like in this region two centuries ago.