Download the Hans Christian Andersen Trail app and see Fyn through the poet’s eyes
To download the app, go to the App Store or Google Play and search for ‘Hans Christian Andersen Trail’.
You will then be ready to walk in the famous poet’s trail. Head out into the beautiful countryside of Fyn for the true Hans Christian Andersen experience. 15 castles and manors on the island have special stories to tell about the famous fairytale author.
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The app tells the story of the life of the poet and presents practical information about access conditions, accommodation and opening hours. Although many of the places are open to the general public, some are private residences that may only be viewed from a distance
Fifteen castles and manors on Fyn feature on the route
Broholm Castle – Valdemars Slot (Castle) – Hvidkilde Estate – Egeskov – Søbysøgaard – Nakkebølle Estate – Holstenshuus Manor – Glorup Castle – Lykkesholm Castle – Hagenskov Manor – Hesselagergaard – Hindsgavl Castle – Hofmansgave Manor – Sanderumgaard, the city of Nyborg and Odense Castle all have a special story to tell.
Broholm Castle, Egeskov, Hindsgavl Castle and Valdemars Slot are some of the sites on the route that are open to the public.
Hans Christian Andersen and Broholm Castle
In 1836, the famous poet made his way to Broholm Castle. From his novel Only a Fiddler – published in 1837 – it is clear that his stay at Broholm the previous year had left an impression: “Briskly they walked towards Broholm Estate. The leaves of the forest were transparent, the violets grew in bushes, the woodland fields were in full bloom, and between the trees they could look out across the water to Langeland, which rose high above the sea with its woods and windmills.” At Broholm, you can walk the Fairytale Trail, feast like a baron and even spend the night in rooms richly steeped in history.
Hans Christian Andersen visits Egeskov
Hans Christian Andersen arrived at Egeskov on 16 August 1842. He was clearly enchanted by the place, and in his diary he wrote about the history of the castle and described the garden and the buildings. With regard to the garden, he noted that it “is one of the finest and most beautiful on Fyn”. You can still make your way to Egeskov Castle today to admire its magnificent grounds, which have won numerous garden prizes.
Hans Christian Andersen’s visit to Hindsgavl Castle
The poet was so captivated by a particular vantage point near Hindsgavl that he recommended it to a female acquaintance: “… it is close by Middelfart, and from one spot in the garden you can enjoy the finest view on Fyn – or perhaps even in Denmark.”
And to this very day, you can enjoy the beautiful view that the famous author so admired at Hindsgavl in 1843.
Hans Christian Andersen’s visit to Valdemars Slot in 1830
A visit to Valdemars Slot (Castle) made a lasting impression on the famous fairytale writer:
“We saw King Valdemar’s Castle, where I was particularly interested in the old portraits. For example, there was one of a lady from the Juul Family that made a deep impression on me – it was the first female face that touched my heart.”
You can still experience the breath of history at Valdemars Slot, where the owners invite you to view their private rooms that are furnished with a rich selection of antiques and family portraits.
Hans Christian Andersen visited Hindsgavl Castle in 1843 and was so captivated by the view that he considered it to be the most beautiful in Denmark. Treat yourself to an indulgent stay at this magnificent castle near Middelfart.
Hans Christian Andersen returned to Broholm Castle again and again. It was here he found inspiration for his stories. It was here he felt at home. Book a special Hans Christian Andersen stay and enjoy two nights at an authentic castle. Click here for details.