Fredericia Cruises, Denmark
- Fredericia’s no stranger to a Blue Flag. Thanks to its picturesque waterfront, the sandy stretches of Osterstrand and Hyby Strand both have the coveted seal of approval. And the town’s pretty marina gets in on the act, too.
- If you want an aerial view, head to Miniby – a model version of the entire town. The pint-sized beamed buildings and fortified walls are a throwback to 1849, when Denmark won a famous battle in Fredericia. You can walk among 700 knee-high structures, which include a whitewashed windmill and the town’s iconic ramparts.
- Head south from Fredericia, and you’ll reach Little Belt Bridge – which connects Jutland to the island of Funen. This crossing’s become more than just a transport link, though. It’s possible to sign up for bridge-walking tours that take you nearly 200 feet above the water.
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Venture inside one of Europe’s best preserved Renaissance water castles. Built in 1554, during political unrest in Denmark, the beautiful Egeskov Castle has a long list of defences that were designed to protect it from an attack. Look out for the drawbridge, the corner towers, and the reinforced double wall which connects the castle’s two sections. As well as a look at the history of the place, inside you’ll find a classic car and motorbike exhibition, an exquisite 3,000-piece dolls’ house which took 15 years to complete, and traditional outfits worn by Egeskov’s past mistresses. In the grounds, you can wander through the award-winning gardens, explore one of the largest mazes in the world, and sit on the banks of the five-metre-deep moat.
Today, explore the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, and learn about the man behind the fairy-tales. You’ll travel to Odense, the third-largest city in Denmark, where you’ll visit the little house Andersen lived in with his parents between the ages of two and 14. It was opened as a museum in 1930, and contains the very modest rooms where the writer grew up as the son of a poor cobbler. Afterwards you’ll visit the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in the old city district, and learn more about his life after he decided to become an author. You’ll be given free time to take in the exhibitions, which give an in-depth impression of Andersen as a person, as well as the world he lived in from 1805 to 1875.
Built as protection after the Thirty Years’ War, the coastal city of Fredericia was fortified to prevent any further attacks. Today, you’ll go beyond the fortress walls and explore its history. Begin with a tour from the pier to the ramparts – which you can walk along – spotting vintage cannons, Danish war memorials and some of the large moated bastions – angular structures which allowed more room for artillery. Afterwards, you’ll head to the city centre and take in the well-preserved Medieval churches and parks.