The water in the bay is very clean and clear and you can jump in via the piers or from the side.The bay does have a lot of jelly fish and for some people ( my 14year old daughter) this can be off putting but watch them when the sun is shining on them and that's when they become especially beautiful . There were several kinds to see. We particularly...more
Most of the houses along the coast road in Brunshuse each have their own private access to the water from a little pier. We had the use of the rowing boat and a pedalo that were tied up to the cottage's pier. The rowing boat was great. We were able to visit the tiny island where birds nest in Spring but you're not allowed to step foot onto it for...more
If you can hire bikes or take them with you this part of Denmark is a great place to explore. There are only gentle slopes and because much of the terrain is low level when you do find a rise then you can get terrific views over the fields and to the coast. We cycled from our base in Brunshuse down to Helnæs. This was originally an island but it...more
From Assens catch the ferry for a 30 minute ride to the island of Baagø. We picked up bikes for DKK20 ( put the money in the slot) from the ferry harbour and set off. There's a helpful leaflet that gives you a map but it's difficult to get lost even if you go off the main road.Unfortunately the rain set in for most of the time we were on the island...more
In Funen the countryside is never far away. We visited in late August and the fields were burnt gold and edged with sunflowers. We were lucky with the weather and the combination of those golden fields, deep blue skies and furled clouds was amazing. So many guide books had described Funen as 'Bucolic' we were really anxious to see some cows.They...more
Middelfart, seen here from the new Lillebaelt Bridge, is either the first or last town in Funen, depending on what side you approach it from. For my purposes it seemed a perfect place to stay - what I thought might be a fairly typical, medium sized Danish town. It's actually famous in a small way for its annual 'Rock Under the Bridge' concert and...more
The Fyn Kunst Museum, Odense's Municipal Art gallery, was open on Saturday afternoon and if you are particularly interested in Danish Art then it's worth a visit. It features Danish paintings from the 18th century onwards, also sculpture and some contemporary work.I must admit though that I found it a little disappointing, as many of the Funen...more
Though not as well known as its more famous counterpart, joining Copenhagen to Malmo, The Storebaelt Bridge between Funen and Zeeland is just as exciting to drive over. Longer than the 10 mile Oresund Bridge, the toll here is also slightly more expensive. On both bridges it is possible to pay by credit card.more
Odense is Denmark's third largest city and the Capital of Funen. There are so many detailed pages already on VT about Odense that I will only say, that yes it is a vibrant and visually stunning city and that yes, thewalk round Hans Christian Andersens house is like walking into the pages of one of his fairy tales. However, a very important...more
It's really a hotel but they offer non residents the chance to eat in their restaurant. The decor is minimalist and probably very Danish. The food certainly was Danish in style - very fresh, we think locally sourced and beautifully presented.
There was a choice of either Salmon or pork but fortunately we had warned them in advance of my son's vegetarianism and they produced a wonderful mixture of tasty things for him.
Unfortunately it wasn't cheap ( this is Denmark) and the 4 meals of 3 x2 course and 1 main course with only one small beer was nearly DKK1000 ( about £100) but it was our special meal of the holiday and no regrets.
Favorite Dish: The Salmon we had was very good ( see photo 2) but I think my son's vegetarian salad was probably even better - in the main photo.
Catch the ferry from near the harbour in Assens. Times are shown on the board. We caught the 10.00 out from Assens and returned on the 15.35. It was DKK70 each return (2008). You can take cars etc but for a day trip it's more fun to hire a bike. The trip takes about 30 minutes.Take a rain coat and thick clothing because there's no shelter on the...more
From the moment you land in Esbjerg to the moment you leave Copenhagen the E20 will be the most constant thing in your life. It makes getting across Denmark really easy and to our surprise it accompanied us to Malmo, then to Gothenburg and when we berthed at Christiansand in Norway on the way home, there, still trundling northward, were signs for...more
You'll come across some wonderful buildings by cycling around West Fyn.The photos will give you a taste of what you can find.This little red box-like house was located outside an enormous mansion and courtyard - seen in the background. The mansion, we were told, was owned by a Danish Government minister. We think the little house is unoccupied.It's...more
The Danes love their flag. Most countries have an affection for their flag but I never saw this demonstrated so often or so pointedly as in Denmark. The flag, the Danebrog is everywhere, and if you happen on any event you can depend on being engulfed in a sea of red and white. We saw the flags in houses, gardens, shops, restaurants and every other...more
Bicycles are very well catered for in Denmark but if you are hiring a bike or just borrowing them then be prepared to spend a bit of time getting used to their braking systems. The bikes we borrowed didn't have the levers on the handlebars - instead we had to push backwards on the pedals. It all took a bit of getting used to but once we mastered the knack it was OK. I found starting off a little tricky aswell but again practice makes perfect .
Denmark is clearly a great place for cycling and we really enjoyed exploring by bike.
The great thing about Funen is that it is central enough to visit most other parts of Denmark from.
On our last Sunday,we re-crossed the Lillebaelt Bridge into Jutland and headed for Legoland. I was a bit sceptical about this but my husband and son, big children both, overruled me. I have to admit I enjoyed it though and as a day out it was most entertaining. Legoland, being a little microcosm of the world, we searched in vain for Ireland. However after seeing a rather quaint representation of Scotland, involving a pub and a whiskey truck, we were kind of glad to be spared the prospect of Lego Leprechauns. What we found most entertaining were the rubbish bins that spoke when you put your rubbish in. Now that was something we definitely don't have at home. Middelfart is 70kms from Billund so the journey wasn't too long. Even if you don't have a child with you, this is such a Danish institution that it would be a shame to miss it.
A word of warning: Take really good note of where EXACTLY you have parked your car, because emerging exhausted at 5.00pm and searching among thousands of cars is most definitely not conducive to family harmony.
By bike it's easy to tour round the little villages of west Fyn. The churches are very distinctive and because of the low lying nature of the terrain stand out as landmarks on the gently rolling landscape.
You cannot guarantee the churches will be open to visit but you can walk through their graveyards which are usually immaculately maintained and are very peaceful places to rest for a while.