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Anne Hvides Gård, oldest building in Svendborg, 1850

Svendborg is a city on Funen of around 30.000 people

Get in

Svendborg is reachable by highway route 9, which branches of the main highway (E20) across Funen south of Odense, it's about a 25 minute drive. Though the Fynbus'[1] regional bus lines; 121, 162 and 163 mainly uses local roads and take about 1½ hours to do the trip. Trains [2] are faster and the locals preferred choice, they take 42 minutes from Odense. If you are travelling from Copenhagen, you might want to consider switching to a bus in Nyborg instead, as this might be faster, depending on how long the stop over is.

By ferry

Svendborg harbour [3] is open to both leisure sailors and commercial ferry traffic, routes out of Svendborg goes to Ærøskøbing on Ærø and to several small islands in the South Funen archipelago. All ferries depart from the ferry terminal at Havnepladsen square.

Get around


Sct Nicolai church


  • International Clown Festival. Svendborg has hosted an International Clown Festival for over a decade. For a week in mid May the town is full of exciting street performances. There is also a grand parade and a theatre gala show which is well worth trying to get tickets for. Clowns from all over the world gather the festival and perform around the town in various venues throughout the week as well as in the streets.

Maritime Svenborg

Ships of the Martime Center in the harbour

Svendborg is located at a beautiful fjord, or in correct terms the Svendborg Sound, and is a good starting point to explore the Sydfynske Øhav archipelago. Several ferries connect to some of the islands from Svendborg, and there are also some pretty veteran tour boats to take you on short cruises in the area.

  • M/S Helge (Tour boat), Centrumpladsen 4 (Tourist Information Desk), +45 62 21 09 80. 16/5-13/9 9-17.30. 1 hour tour to Valdemar Slot (pictured) or a 2 hour return trip, also available for charter. 25-50 DKK.
  • Maritimt Center Danmark, Havnepladsen 2, +45 62 23 30 23. Does cruises around the archipelago south of the city, in beautiful old wooden ships during the summer (June-August) mainly in the weekends, but you can be lucky to catch a tour on other days, reservations is recommended. Also charters old sail ships to groups of more than 20 people. 150-250 DKK.
  • Sydfyns bådudlejning (Boat rental), Pengekrogen 52, +45 62 21 24 26. Rents out several sail boats ranging from 7,77m to 8,30 m weekends: 1995-5995 DKK, Weekly: 3995-6495 DKK.




  • 1 Bistro Gourmand, Kogtvedvænget 3, 5700 Svendborg, +45 62 21 25 25, . 07AM - 10PM. Bistro Gourmand is our gastronomic contribution to the experience at Stella Maris - Hotel de Luxe. French inspired menu with ingredients from the Island of Vejrø, Fyn and the rest of the world. You will find wines from both large and small producers, mainly from France and Italy.




Go next

Valdemar Castle
  • Valdemar Castle (5 km out on the island of Tåsinge). May to September. Beautiful late baroque palace from 1639. Adult: DKK 85.

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