Fyn often gets overlooked for the bright lights of Copenhagen and Aarhus, but it shouldn't be that way. The island is home to Denmark's vibrant third largest city, Odense, is the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, and offers farm fresh cuisine and laid back countryside living. Continue below to get a closer look at this Danish hidden gem.
Denmark's easternmost island in the Baltic sea is a sight to behold. The island receives many hours of sunshine and its extraordinary light has a long history of attracting artists. This slow-paced, friendly place is the only place in Denmark where you can walk craggy, granite coastline. Known for pure, white beaches, you can enjoy a unique island culture of round churches, regional delecacies, and quaint fishing villages, all among postcard-perfect scenery.
The fantastic Danish castles grant you a chance to get close to Danish history and the Royal family of both past and present. The popular royal couple, Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik, divides their time between Fredensborg Palace in North Sealand and Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen and it is possible to visit both places.
Though small in size, Denmark now has a total of seven world heritage sites, with the Par Force Hunting Landscape and The Moravians in Christiansfeld joining the list. On the list you also find he 65 million years old Stevns Klint, the Wadden Sea National Park and Kronborg Castle, home of Shakespeare's hamlet and located in Royal North Sealand, only an hour from Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is rich in history. The Danish capital was officially founded in 1167 by Bishop Absalon, but research suggest that the location was inhabited already in the late Viking age. Copenhagen was a busy and strategically important merchant city throughout the medieval period where it controlled much of the lucrative trade and traffic to and from the Baltic Sea.
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.