As well as great beaches around the coast of Funen itself, the South Funen Archipelago also offers great opportunities for swimming. Since the distances are short between beaches, it’s never far to your own quiet bit of beach.
You can experience works by the artists' movement known as The Farm Painters (Fynboerne) at Faaborg Museum and at Johannes Larsen Museum in Kerteminde. You'll find temporary exhibitions of contemporary art at Brandt's in Odense and Grimmerhus near Middelfart, where you'll also find Denmark's Ceramics Museum.
Odense is Funen's main city and the third largest city in Denmark. It is first and foremost the birthplace and childhood home of fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen, and you can experience his world in two of the city's museums. Odense is located by a small river and a fjord and has a great variety of attractions.
The South Funen Archipelago is often viewed as a whole island group, but the many islands within the archipelago are diverse and offer their own unique experiences. They do have a number of things in common, however, such as peaceful nature, cosy villages and quaint harbours.
Funen is a green and fertile island with many orchards producing not only wonderful fruit but also delicious juice. You can often buy farm produce directly from the source, at roadside booths, a particular characteristic of Funen.
The lovely, sloping South Funen landscape is at its picturesque best between the towns of Svendborg and Faaborg. North of Faaborg, you find the rolling Svanninge Hills (Svanninge Bakker) with steep ravines resulting from the last glacial period, around 14,000 years ago.
Anglers head to Funen for some of Europe's best coastal angling spots, particular good for catching sea trout. You’ll find great locations for angling on both Funen and the South Funen Archipelago.
The Wadden Sea along the west coast is an exciting national park and intertidal wetland teeming with birds and wildlife. You will not find as many swimming beaches on the region’s West Coast, but you can swim at Hjerpsted.
Located just off the coast from Esbjerg, Fanø is an old maritime island with a perfect landscape for beach activities such as kite flying and sailing. The area is also an excellent place to hunt for Danish amber that washed up on the beaches. You can also see a variety of wildlife on the island, such as wild rabbits and seal colonies. The architecture on the island is also extremely special and inspired by the Frisian style.
Situated on the main routes of many migratory birds and covered in large wetland areas, South-West Jutland is a birdwatchers' paradise during spring and autumn. The extensive Wadden Sea national park near Skallingen, Ringkøbing Fjord, Tipperne nature reserve, Skjern Meadows, West Stadil Fjord, Nissum Fjord and Harboøre Tange, are amazing places for birdwatching.
Taste the delicacies of South Jutland beef and lamb, particularly delicate due to the salty air of the area’s grazing region.
For those with a sweet tooth, Christiansfeld is well-known not only for its beautifully-preserved 18th century character, but also for its exquisite cakes and gingerbread. Christiansfeld is currently set to become a World Heritage Site.
At The Branch (Grenen), a sand spit and Denmark's northernmost point, the North Sea and Kattegat meet. You can literally stand with a leg in both seas. The seas have different densities so do not mix, producing an amazing effect – a distinct line where the waters meet, stretching from Denmark’s tip out into the sea.
Fresh fish form an important part of the region's culinary specialties. Other North Jutland delicacies for you to enjoy include air-cured ham from Ålbæk, Norway lobster, salt from Læsø, mussels and oysters from the Limfjord, Vildmosen potatoes, schnapps and aquavit.
You’ll experience superb conditions for windsurfing, with some of the best in Europe found at Klitmøller, on the West Coast.