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Enjoy Svendborg from a café on the quay, on a boat in the southern Funen cluster of islands or from the walking path Øhavsstien, which stretches along the southern Funen coast.

Svendborg Svendborg. Photograph: Kim Wyon, VisitDenmark.


Maritime educational centre

Svendborg is built facing the harbour and Svendborgsund - and the harbour front is fused together with the town, where restaurants and cafés stretch all the way down to the quays, with a view of cargo ships, ferries and yachts. Boat builders and wooden vessel shipyards have been located in Svendborgsund for generations, and Svendborg is today the country's leading modern maritime educational centre.

The southern Funen cluster of islands

From Svendborg you can visit the southern Funen cluster of islands. Tåsinge and Thurø are the largest and both have a bridge connection to the mainland, while charming island ferries can take you to Hjortø, Skarø, Drejø and Ærø. The area also offers some of Denmark's best opportunities for paddling a kayak, angling and surfing.

Southern Funen manor houses and castles

The southern Funen cluster of islands can also be enjoyed from land on the 220 km long walking path, Øhavsstien. Or visit the modern natural history attraction Naturama, which is just 5 minutes walk from Svendborg's centre. The southern Funen cultural landscape is known for its many beautiful manor houses and castles. Visit Egeskov Slot [Oak Wood Castle] north of Svendborg or Valdemars Slot (Valdemar's Castle) on Tåsinge.

Did you know

That Svendborg is an enterprising maritime town where many ship-owners are based – only the Danish capital Copenhagen has more.