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The Fionie, the garden of Denmark

The Fionie, the garden of Denmark

By car, 101 km, 1 day

With a surface area of 3500km2, the Fionie is the second of the Danish islands situated between the Jutland (to which it is linked by a bridge) in the west and the Sjaelland in the east. The island's most important town is Odense. Near the picturesque village of Troense, don't miss the baroque Valdemars castle constructed by Christian IV. Nearby, find Egeskov castle, one of the most famous castles in Denmark, and also one of the best preserved of the Renaissance period.

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Odense

Odense
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Old town   Worth a detour Worth a detour

5600 Fåborg
Architecture, castles and historic districts

A modern, bronze fountain by Kai Nielsen stands on the main square and a belfry (15C) towers over the area. Half-timbered houses painted in vibrant colours line the cobbled streets, and modest artisans' houses stand next to elegant merchants' residences. Den Gamle Gård, an ancient residence now housing the Kulturhistoriske Museet or history museum, stands on Holkegade. Fåborg Museum for Fynsk Malerkunst, in Grønnegade, is a Museum of Fyn Art, famous for its paintings by local painters, such as Peter Hansen and Johannes Larsen.

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Valdemar Castle  

Slotsalleén. Troense 100 5700 Troense
Architecture, castles and historic districts

An imposing Baroque castle located in a wooded area on the edge of a lake near Troense (a picturesque village). Built between 1639 and 1644 by Christian IV for his son Valdemar, the castle was later given to national hero Niels Juel, who renovated it in Baroque style at the end of the 17C. His descendants (still the owners) have opened part of the property to the public. The rooms, from the Great Hall to the servants' rooms, are furnished as if they were in use, thus recreating the atmosphere of an elegant residence.

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Egeskov Castle   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Egeskov Gade 18 5772 Kvaerndrup
Architecture, castles and historic districts

Built in 1554 on an island in the middle of a lake alongside a forest, this Renaissance castle originally played a defensive role. Still occupied by the descendants of its builder, only parts are open to the public. Admire the Great Hall, restored in 1975, and the hunting trophies brought back from Africa by a previous owner. The lovely 18C grounds, redesigned in 1959, are perfect for a stroll. A 3 000m 2 museum houses a collection of old cars, planes, motorcycles and horse-drawn carriages.

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