The old clock tower is still standing in the center of town, very well preserved and still working.
It has become the symbol of Faaborg and is the first thing you can see if you arrive to Faaborg by boat.
Unlike most clock towers it´s not connected to a church, but it was many years ago, but the church was torn down and now the tower is standing free and purely serves as a clock tower.
It´s from the 14th century and the view from the tower is fantastic and you can see several of the nearby islands from there.
It has just undergone a huge renovation and is now stading nicer than it has for centuries so it's for sure worth visiting now.
Sundet is a bird reserve and nature area right next to the center of Faaborg.
Back in the day , several centuries ago this was the harbour of Faaborg, but the harbour was moved further out as the boats grew bigger and needed deeper waters.
In 1940 the local goverment decided to dry it our and reclaim the last for agricultural purposes and it was like that for 60 years until the local goverment in the year 2000 decided to return it back to a protected nature area where wildlife could roam.
These days you have nice walking and cycling paths there and it´s a really nice place for a stroææ and is so close to Faaborg that it can be done by foot from the center of town.
At the harbour in Faaborg you have a little garden pavillion that was originally made by a wealthy merchant so that he could sit there with his family and have afternoon tea, or whatever drink he preferred while watching the life at the harbour.
These days it´s part of a museum and is open to the public and the old 19th century building is sitting real nice right by the marina and is a joy to the eye whenever you pass by it.
Because Faaborg is situated in a protected bay wth a good harbour, it´s a favorite place for old sailing boats to stop while touring around Denmark.
You have old scooners and clippers there almost every day during the summer season and they are damn scenic these old boats.
I find myself walking along the pier very often just to take a look at them.
Vesterport is the old entrance to town.
It used to serve as a gate where people were checked before they enterd town and today it's still standing there very well preserved.
Nice remain from the time where Faaborg was one of the most important trading towns in Scandinavia.
Ymerbrønden is together with the clock tower the most important landmark in Faaborg.
It´s a well that might seem very odd at first sight but it tells the story of the creation of the world in the nordic mythology.
Audhumbla was the name of the cow and it was feeding the giant Ymer with her milk a long long time ago, according to the nordic mythology and therfor the well is formed by a naked man being breast fed by a cow.
Ymer was not a very nice guy though so the good giant Odin killed him and used his body to build the world.
This story is being told here with this sculpture/well that you have standing on the main square in Faaborg.
It was sculptured by local artist Kai nielsen in 1913 and it is actually a replica you see on the main square as the original one has been moved down the road to the local musem where it is better preserved.
Denmark is a very flat country, so when something finally does rise a bit, it gets a lot of attention. Svanninge Bakker ("Svanninge Hills") is such a place which however deserves the attention it gets as it is very pretty, even if not quite the "Funen Alps" its nickname suggests. The highest points (main peak is 128 metres) remind you of some parts of the Harz mountains in Germany but much, much lower. The surroundings include a small lake and several foot paths along rolling fields with cows. All thanks to the last Ice Age when a huge part of the Swedish ice pulled this way. At some of the "peaks", you can see for miles across Funen and down across the sea and there is also a lookout tower and a "nature playground".
Primarily a museum dedicated to art and sculpting by Funen artists. It was closed during our visit but amongst things to see is the original Ymerbrønden which you can see a copy of in the main square. It is also interesting since Fåborg itself is so full of artists so the museum really feels justified as a local sight.
The only medieval city gate still standing of three along the walls that protected town in those days. In calmer times, it was used to collect toll instead. To me, it looks like Ieper or somewhere similar in Flanders.
Kai Nielsen's sculpture of Ymer represents the old Norse viking religion of Scandinavia. If you do not know this, it might strike you as a peculiar piece of art. Ymer was a giant who was killed by Odin and his brothers who then built the World upon Ymer's body. Thus, the sculpture (its original is in the town museum) symbolises the creation of the world.
This belfry is a bit of a Fåborg landmark and symbol. It was built as the belfry to St Nicolai Church in the mid 15th century, but then the church was torn down during the reformation and only the belfry left standing because it was a good landmark for seafarers. Today, you can listen to "carillions" in the evening. Then you find lots of Danes standing there singing the hymns below it.
Walk into a Fåborg house from the 18th century and see how people lived when Fåborg belonged to Denmark's most important harbour towns. There is also a glass exhibition and the house itself is gorgeous.
Finished in 1477, the main church in Fåborg is a very nice building. It used to have a monastery attached to it and still has some catholic remains such as chairs inside. There is also a cupboard saved from St Nicolai Church before its demolition. The church yard is a very peaceful place for a stroll and despite being in the town centre, it has views of the surrounding countryside.
We visited the town quite unexpectedly on our way from the tiny island called Bjoernoe which is located at the south of Fyn. And we found it very charming and cosy, you walk around and feel like a tourist somewhere far away... Here on the main square in town.
Faaborg Museum is a small, but lovely little museum filled with local arts and crafts of good quality. Not your grandma's kind of kitsch but interesting impressionist paintings as well as some good works of modern art and sculpture.