Faaborg

Faaborg

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Faaborg or Fåborg is a Danish town with a population of 7,200 (1 January 2012),[1] located in Faaborg-Midtfyn municipality on the island of Funen. It was formerly the seat of Faaborg municipality. The seat of the new municipality is Ringe. Both municipalities use(d) Faaborg's medieval coat of arms.

Faaborg is first mentioned in a document, located in the French National Archives in Paris, dated June 25, 1229. It is a deed of gift that gives Faaborg as a morning present to the daughter in law of Valdemar II. It is mentioned as a castle, so it must have existed before this date. However, this date has been used as the birth date of Faaborg and thus the town celebrated its 775th anniversary in 2004. It is noted as the birthplace of artist Niels Moeller Lund and Swedish singer, actor and painter Niels Jensen. Nearby are located Egeskov Castle, Hvedholm Castle and Horne Church.

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Faaborg is a south-facing sun trap and has a relaxing air even at the height of its tourist summer season. In the 17th century it was a bustling harbour town sustained by one of Denmark’s largest commercial fleets. Today, Faaborg retains many vestiges of that earlierera in its picturesque, cobblestone streets and leaning, half-timbered houses. In recent years Faaborg harbour has been rejuvenated with smart housing and restaurants and it’s well worth stopping for a drink or lunch before moving on to other towns on Funen or via the ferry to the southern islands.

Faaborg’s tourist office (62 61 07 07; www.visitfaaborg.dk; Banegårdspladsen 2A; 9am-5pm Mon-Sat Jun-Sep, to 4.30pm Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm Sat Oct-May) is adjacent to the bus station and car park on the harbour front. You can hire bikes here for Dkr50 a day.