Funen: varied holidays in Denmark

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Funen, called Fyn by the Danes, is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea, centrally located and perfectly connected. It impresses not only with its wide range of leisure activities, but also with its fantastic landscape. Find out what there is to experience, the best time to visit and how to get there.

Why holiday on Funen?

Many travellers come back to Funen again and again. Why? It is partly due to the variety that the Danish island offers: From city strolls and cultural activities to classic camping on the beach, everything is possible here. Holidays on Funen offer other advantages as well: The island is easily accessible and makes a great base for island hopping and exploring.

Where is Funen located?

The location of Funen is one of the destination’s great advantages. It is centrally located in Denmark in the Baltic Sea and can be reached by car from both Copenhagen and Germany. This makes the island an excellent starting point for day trips within Denmark. The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, can be reached in around two hours, for example. The same applies to Aarhus, the country’s second largest city, which is also well worth a visit.

Funen: weather

The weather on Funen is a typical maritime climate. A breeze should be expected even in summer. The average temperature during the day in July is 20° Celsius. The water temperature can rise to the same level. Thus, despite the mild temperatures, it is not too cold for swimming.

What is the best time to visit Funen?
While the island can be easily travelled all year round, the most popular time to visit is summer. Temperatures are at their highest from June to August. Even in May and September it is still pleasant with average temperatures of 15° to 17° Celsius.

Funen: holiday homes

Many travellers opt for a holiday home on Funen, since the option offers space, independence and closeness to nature. Families with children and travellers with dogs particularly appreciate the option of a holiday home. Additionally, it generally offers more comfort than camping, but is still ideal for self-catering.

Camping on Funen

If you prefer to be close to nature, you should consider camping. This is popular on Funen in both motorhomes and tents. Campsites have very different facilities and price ranges. So you don’t have to sacrifice comfort just because you’re camping. If you don’t have your own motorhome, you can easily rent one and spend your holiday in it, which allows you to travel flexibly and comfortably.

Funen sights and activities

Odense: the capital of the island

The Danish city of Odense is the capital of Funen and a popular excursion destination for holidaymakers on Funen. In the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, you will find many cultural attractions such as museums, art galleries and, for example, the free harbour swimming pool, which is always supervised by a lifeguard during opening hours.

The city is also known for its greenery. The many romantic parks invite you to linger and relax. The 15-hectare Sanderumgaard is particularly worth seeing.

Funen: beach

Funen: Odense
Odense is the largest town on Funen.

As with other islands such as Rømø or Fanø, the coastline on Funen is particularly popular. It is over 1200 kilometres long and has beautiful landscapes.

Funen’s beaches are ideal for fishing and swimming. Fine beaches, such as Hasmark Strand or Nordstranden, are ideal for children.

Further, we recommend Bogense Søbad, the seaside resort in Bogensee. It is easy to get into the water via steps or the long bathing jetty and is also ideal for families. The fact that there are changing rooms and toilets is a particular advantage when visiting with children.

Get active in sports: hiking and cycling on Funen

Funen: Hiking and cycling
Hiking and cycling are popular leisure activities on Funen.

If you like it sporty, you will get your money’s worth when hiking or cycling on Funen. From hikes of various lengths and levels of difficulty to themed hiking trails, you will find a wide selection here.

With over 7000 kilometres, the network of trails is very well developed and varied.

There are 18 signposted cycle paths for cyclists. The Baltic Sea Cycle Route also runs across Funen. The towns and villages are generally very cycle-friendly as well.

From the flat north of Funen to the hilly south, there is a wide choice of tours in the surrounding area. Other sporting activities such as stand-up paddling or kitesurfing are also popular.

Castles on Funen

Funen is known for its many castles, as you can discover 123 castles and manor houses here. The best known and most popular castle among tourists is Egeskov Castle. According to some, it is the best preserved moated castle. Egeskov Castle is open to visitors from April to October and there is a Christmas market in November. In summer, you can visit the via ferrata at the castle and the local café.

Funen: Egeskov Castle
Egeskov Castle is one of the most popular attractions on Funen.

Island hopping: Funen as a starting point

Island hopping from Funen is very popular. The so-called “South Fyn Archipelago” can be discovered by boat or ferry. There you will find over 60 islands of various sizes, some of which can even be reached on foot at low tide. However, caution is advised, as mudflat walks should only be undertaken with a guide.

How to get there: how do I get to the island of Funen?

One reason why so many people like travelling to Funen is the excellent connections. You can reach the island both by car and by ferry. If you choose it as a starting point for further explorations, you combine the beauty of a Baltic Sea island with the great advantage of mobility. This means you don’t have to take a ferry every time you want to leave the island.

Travelling to Funen
Funen can be reached both by car and by ferry.

Travelling to Funen

One advantage of Funen’s good transport links is that the island is easily accessible by land from both Germany and Copenhagen. From the Danish capital, it is about 2-3 hours by car or public transport. Alternatively, you can fly to Aarhus and drive about 2 hours from there.

It is also possible to travel to Funen by ferry. The Alsfærgen ferry takes you from Als near the German border to Funen approximately every three hours. Many people find this more convenient, but it usually only saves you a little time, depending on where you are coming from.

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