The Funen Village
Explore the Funen landscape of Hans Christian Andersen.
The Funen Village is an open-air museum which shows a Funen village environment as it was at the time of Hans Christian Andersen, i.e. in the 19th century. Here an environment has been recreated with half-timbered buildings, flower gardens, hedgerows, village pond and main street - all of this surrounded by fields under cultivation. You can meet old Danish breeds of livestock, follow the cultivation of the village land and see examples of vegetable gardens and flower gardens.
During the summer months, the museum comes alive when the farmers and their wives in traditional costume carry out work in the fields and the home as in former times.
In The Funen Village there is an old school building with an interior from great grandma's time. Here there is also a children's room with traditional toys that you can play with. Outside the school there is a play area with old-fashioned playthings that you are welcome to try out. Here too there is a picnic area, one of many dotted around the village. Bring your picnic basket along with you - it is not possible to buy food, although you can purchase ice cream, sweets, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
The Funen Village lies about 2 km from the city centre. City buses take you to the museum, though in the summer months it is also possible to sail with 'Åfarten' down Odense River to Fruens Bøge Wood, from where it is only a 10-15 minute walk to the village along the side of the idyllic lake of Skovsø.