FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
United

Discovering Hans Christian Andersen’s Denmark

by Barbara Rogers

Oct 12, 2019

Elena Noeva | Dreamstime.com

Destinations / Europe

Although they may not know who wrote them, nearly every child is familiar with at least some of the fairy tales spun by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. He was born in Odense, a small city on Denmark’s “Garden Island” of Funen. Families can visit several places in Odense associated with the author as well as a castle that seems right out of one of his fairy tales.

 

Begin at the excellent Hans Christian Andersen Museum, which will take you and your children into the world of his imagination with a combination of artifacts from his life, his drawings and artwork, and interactive exhibits that allow visitors to browse through his books and listen to his stories and poems. Perhaps the most fascinating is the collection of cut paper figures he created. Anderson’s childhood home, where he lived 1807–1819, is now a branch of the museum, furnished as rooms would have been when he lived there.

 

The Møntergården Local History Museum is a complex that includes furnished houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as collections of local costumes and toys. One features Odense in the Middle Ages. Young visitors will love stepping into Andersen’s magical world in the Tinderbox Culture Centre for Children, where they can enter interactive scenes from his stories, wear costumes of their characters and play fairy tale-themed games.

 

Hans Christian Andersen’s house in Odense, Denmark. Photo: Stefano Ember | Dreamstime.com

 

About two miles outside of the town center, Funen Open-Air Village (Den Fynske Landsby) recreates a village from the time of Hans Christian Andersen. Authentic historic homes, farmhouses, cottages and shops have been preserved here, and are inhabited by costumed guides who demonstrate crafts, skills and home cooking of the time. Visitors can join in the activities, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, feed the farm animals and see performances of traditional music and dancing in the open-air theater.

 

Less than half an hour from Odense you can step inside a castle that looks just like those in Andersen’s fairy tales. Egeskov Castle is the best-preserved, moat-surrounded castle in Europe. Completed in 1554, it was built for defense with walls many feet thick (there are stairways inside some of them) and water all around.

 

Egeskov Castle. Photo: Lenaprokof | Dreamstime.com

Tours of the castle include the spectacular banquet hall. Egeskov Castle is one of many visited by Hans Christian Andersen and was a particular favorite; after a visit in 1842 he described it and the beautiful gardens in his diary. There are more things to do here: Segway tours, a treetop walk and a collection of antique cars. Be sure to allow time to stroll through the prize-winning gardens.

 

This and 14 other castles and manor houses on the island of Funen are connected to Andersen and his stories. You can follow the Hans Christian Andersen Trail to discover these.

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Hotels
Jul 15, 2024

5 Resorts to Visit for National Waterpark Day

Celebrate National Waterpark Day July 28 with a family trip to these five resorts with exciting water amenities.

United Continues Its Global Expansion

United Airlines keeps soaring to new heights, recently announcing another expansion of its leading global route network. The airline added new non-stop flights between Newark (EWR) and Marrakesh (RAK), Morocco; Tokyo (NRT) and Cebu (CEB), Philippines; and Houston (IAH) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia. That’s not all: United also plans to increase flights to popular worldwide destinations including Hong Kong (HKG); Seoul (INC), South Korea; and Porto (OPO), Portugal. Following the recent agreement to increase flights between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the airline now adds four weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

Hotels
Jul 11, 2024

Enjoy Family Wellness Programs at Sattva Land this Winter

Introduce kids to wellness tourism on family travel. Adults often escape to a spa or retreat to reset, and with wellness travel on the rise, this retreat in Belize offers an experience for the whole family.

Hotels
Jul 11, 2024

The Lake House on Canandaigua Adds New Amenities, Menus

Family travelers to The Lake House on Canandaigua are in for a treat this summer as the resort added new family-friendly water experiences, lake and land amenities, and seasonal restaurant menus.

Sunflower Accessibility Program Featured at O’Hare and Midway Airports

Travelers with invisible disabilities passing through O’Hare and Midway International Airports can now discreetly signal they need assistance thanks to a new Chicago Department of Aviation partnership that helps create more accessible and inclusive spaces.

Hotels
Jul 9, 2024

4 Summer Experiences at Ojai Valley Inn

Plan your summer family travel to California and book a stay at Ojai Valley Inn. With family-friendly programming and special activities, there is something for everyone.