11 Reasons Funen, Denmark, Is Literally a Storybook Island

For starters, it happens to be the birthplace of one Hans Christen Andersen.

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The island of Funen is known for its majestic Renaissance castles, colorful coastal homes, and famous fairytale author, Hans Christian Andersen. Just about everything in this region screams whimsical and wondrous and makes it feel like you're living in a real-life storybook — and here's proof:

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1 For starters, the streets are lined with colorful houses and cobblestone streets.
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Honestly, the better question is what doesn't scream storybook about this Denmark snapshot?

2 It's where the famous storybook author Hans Christian Anderson grew up.
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Here's the childhood home he lived in during the early 17th century. Today he's still well-known for stories like The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, and The Ugly Duckling.

3 And there's a whole museum that recreates life during the author's time.
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The Funen Village is an open-air museum that makes the 19th century reemerge.

4 You can hitch a horse-drawn carriage ride, too.
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This snap is from Odense, the main city on the island.

5 The Egeskov Castle is a local icon.
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This quintessential 16th-century structure stands proudly in a private lake, and rumor has it that a princess who gave birth out of wedlock was once imprisoned in tower there.

6 And the castle's gardens aren't too shabby either.

The stunning #egeskov castle in #funen #denmark beauty in the countryside

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Sure, the lake is stunning. But we're also huge fans of the beautiful gardens out front that feature windy paths around carefully manicured bushes.

7 Can't get enough castles? You can stay overnight in one.

#broholm_castle #denmark #orangetraveler #travel #funen #funenisland #govisitdenmarkа ночь в замке. Несмотря на привидение, спалось отлично

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A hotel called Broholm Slot features four-poster lofted beds that'll make you feel like royalty. Read: it's the perfect nighttime destination for anytone who wasn't ready to leave Egeskov Castle.

8 The inside of the hotel is the stuff out of storybooks, too.

#broholm_castle #denmark #govisitdenmark #orangetraveler #funen #funenisland богатство замка Брохольм

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Can't you imagine these regal chairs and that bear rug in the home of Cinderella's step sisters?

9 The wildlife is the reason Funen's nickname is "Denmark's Garden."

A misty evening at the Hindsgavl Nature Park on the island of Funen. Thanks @dorthethrane for sharing via #visitdenmark. #Funen #Fyn @visitfyn

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There's even a popular park named Hindsgavl Nature Park that features an energy-efficient building in the middle of a reserve and showcases the natural beauty of the island. Plus, a little eerie mist never hurts.

10 There are orchards full of blooming trees.

Cherry orchard on Funen. Wouldn't mind going back in a few months time 🍒🍒🍒

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Only further proving that orchards are seriously romantic.

11 And even when trees are fruitless they give us chills.

With its quintessential castles and twee towns, the Danish island of #Funen is the perfect fall destination. The island was the boyhood home of #HansChristianAndersen, his first muse and enduring inspiration. (📷: @mikkelheriba)

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This tree-lined path offers tons of privacy, intrigue, and a gorgeous trail to a red and white home — Proving that just about every detail in this Denmark region is straight out of a storybook.

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