SOUTH FYN, TÅSINGE, SIØ, LANGELAND, LOLLAND – HARBOUR LIFE IN SVENDBORG – CREATIVE SHOPS AND MUSIC VENUES – CULINARY SOUTH FYN – TALL BRIDGES CROSSING THE SOUTH FYN ARCHIPELAGO – VALDEMAR’S CASTLE – TRANEKÆR CASTLE – HAT HILLS AND WILD HORSES
As you start Stage 2 in Svendborg, you ride along the Baltic Sea Cycle Route across the Svendborg Sound Bridge to Tåsinge. Here you can have a little rest at Vindebyøre and take delight in the beautiful views across the sound. The next stop is Troense and the impressive Valdemar’s Castle that sits majestically, on the water’s edge.
From Tåsinge you continue towards Siø and on to Langeland, which offers a world of outdoor activities like diving, pleasure fishing, walking and sailing. The largest town is Rudkøbing, where you can learn all about the 10,000-year-old history of the island at the Museum of Langeland.
Should you fancy a 10km detour, then venture north to experience Tranekær Castle and the wild horses on Flådet. In Stengade Skov near Spodsbjerg, you can see the beech tree where the poet Adam Oehlenschläger was inspired, in the start of the 1800s, to write the Danish National Anthem ‘Det er et yndigt land’ which means ‘It is a beautiful country’. In Spodsbjerg you catch the ferry to Tårs on Lolland.
The journey takes 45 minutes, so there is plenty of time to rest before exploring Lolland. Should you wish to start Stage 2 with Nakskov as the starting point and Svendborg as the finish, it is possible from there, to take Stage 1 to Ærø, Stage 9 to Korsør or Stage 10 to Faaborg and Assens.
The harbour town of Svendborg rests in Svendborg Sound. Spend some time in one of the excellent eateries near the harbour, enjoy some shopping in the old, idyllic streets and consider whether to take your adventure even further with some island hopping around the south Fyn Archipelago.
From Svendborg, you can jump on the ferry to the tiny islands of Skarø, Drejø and Hjortø and to the charming island of Ærø. Svendborg is a town full of spirit – creative, cultural and entrepreneurial. You sense this in the many music venues in the town, as well as all the festivals that can be enjoyed throughout the year, such as the food festival ‘Culinary South Fyn’.
Don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful old buildings as you meander through the town. Check out Svendborg’s oldest church, founded in the beginning of the 13th Century. You’ll be missing out if you don’t take a walk down to Frederiksø, once a thriving shipyard. These days, it is home to a creative community of small maritime and cultural businesses, with informal cafés and meeting places.
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Naturama is Fyn’s zoological museum. Children and adults alike come to admire the stuffed moose, the musk ox, whale skeletons and birds in a nature theatre with light, sound and film.
Pet the baby bear, hear the bellowing of the stag and get up close and personal with the polar bears, wolves and wild boar. Journey up and find more than 500 types of fascinating birds.
Naturama’s focus is on engaging visitors through fun activities, dressing up, tours and science theatre, using all three levels of the museum.
For more information go to visitsvendborg.com/svendborg/svendborg/naturama-gdk612784
The journey to the picturesque Valdemar Castle on Tåsinge is extra special by bike. The castle was built between 1639 -1644 by King Christian IV for his son Valdemar Christian. Today, the descendants of the seafaring hero Niels Juel, who took over the castle in 1678, own the castle.
During the summer months, the castle is open to the public. Here you can truly feel the historical heart of the building, beating. Café Æblehaven is open for coffee and cake in the summer.
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Langeland island is 52 km long and only 11 km at its widest. The island is connected to Siø, Tåsinge and Fyn by bridges and has an extensive wildlife habitat.
There is so much to discover on Langeland. You can visit the wild horses, explore the hat hills or dedicate a day to bird watching. Migrating birds love Langeland’s fauna and are especially fond of the southern tip of the island. Langeland is also the perfect destination if you want to swap your bike for a diving suit, a fishing rod or swimwear at Ristinge Beach.
For more information go to my-langeland.com
Tranekær Castle on Langeland is a must. Take a detour of a mere 10 km, and you will soon see the large red castle as you enter Tranekær.
In the 1200s this was already a vast castle, situated on a steep hill with a moat around it. In 1659 the castle was given in dowry to Frederik Ahlefeldt-Laurvig and has been in the family ever since. In 1993 the estate entrusted the park to the Tranekær International Centre for Art and Nature (TICKON) to create land art of natural materials by world-renowned artists.
For more information go to my-langeland.com/langeland/planjourney/tranekaer-slot-gdk612254
Denmark’s largest vineyard lies on the west coast of Lolland where the climate is ideal for growing cherries. You can look forward to tasting the Frederiksdal Cherry Wine, which has won numerous national and international awards. In the summer you can book tours of the vineyard and buy a bottle of your favourite wine to take home – if there is enough room in your basket! Do also make time for an amble through the estate’s ancient deer park.
For more information go to frederiksdal.com/en