Grand Panoramic Fredericia & Surrounding Countryside
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Approximately 4 Hours
Discover some of the main highlights of Fredericia and the local region.
Set out along Strandvejen -- a coastal drive -- as your guide talks about the Strib Lighthouse and the relatively new Lillebælt Bridge. On the Funen side of the bridge, you'll learn about the ferry traffic between Funen and Fredericia before the bridge was built.
Continue to the quaint Old Town area of Middelfart and Kongebroskoven. This enclosed deer park is home to a fine herd of fallow deer.
Hagenør, not far away, is a haven for scuba divers because it offers some rather exciting reefs.
Stop in the small fishing village of Skærbæk and, in Taulov village, you will visit the medieval church, completely restored and renovated in 1999. The old church's interior now features a splendid array of colorful art in bright, warm surroundings -- the 70 paintings are the work of artist Arne L. Hansen. Its tower serves as a navigation mark for passing ships and the church affords a magnificent view across Koldingfjord to Skamlingsbanken.
The drive back to Fredericia takes you past a Carlsberg brewery -- actually the world's fourth-largest brewery. Your guide will tell you all about Denmark's long and interesting brewing history, and about the Danish beer industry today.
In the center of Fredericia, leave the coach and continue on foot up to the town's ramparts. Europe was once engaged in frequent and prolonged conflicts, so Denmark developed a network of defense fortifications and a highly trained military. The Princess's Bastion was once a huge stronghold, but today provides a beautiful, peaceful backdrop to the oldest part of Fredericia. Your route takes you past the statue of the Brave Soldier in Landsoldatpladsen.
The Rustik Café (or similar) in Axel Torv Square offers a refreshment in the former home of the famous Danish comic duo, Fy and Bi (the Danish version of Laurel and Hardy). Axel Torv is a pedestrian street with excellent shopping.
The climb to the Fredericia ramparts is slightly steep. Participants must decide whether they can manage the ascent and descent. Inside church visit(s) may not be possible if religious services are being held. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoe; bring a raincoat.