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Every road, path and vista reveals the singular character of this maritime country, formed by the Jutland Peninsula and 443 islands — only 72 of which are inhabited! No wonder people say that the Danes are born with their feet in the water, like their national emblem, the Little Mermaid, whose bronze silhouette greets the boats arriving in the port of Copenhagen. Her inventor, the author Hans Christian Andersen, described her in these words: “The youngest was the prettiest of them all; her skin was as clear and delicate as a rose-leaf, and her eyes as blue as the deepest sea; but, like all the others, she had no feet, and her body ended in a fish’s tail.” In the Danish imagination, beauty comes from the sea, like the light that bathes the medieval center of the capital, with its restaurants serving delectable coastal cuisine and its colorful narrow lanes where Andersen himself once lived. Now a national hero, he was born on the wooded island of Funen (Fyn in Danish), the “lovely garden of Denmark” as he called it, perfect for a family outing on foot or by bicycle.
Restaurant and hotel in the country. It was on the island of Fyn, “the garden of Denmark”, that Hans Christian Andersen was born, and it has been immortalised through his fairy tales. Today in Millinge, a small village on the island, other tales are being told, notably that of a man who makes his recipes into true Scandinavian legends. At Chef Per Hallundbaek’s table, the salmon is smoked on site and the turbot comes with vegetables and herbs grown in the kitchen garden. Upstairs, guests can stay in small loft rooms with white brick walls, minimalist décor and soft lighting. At Falsled Kro, in the land of the aurora borealis, no one will be needing The Sandman’s help to have beautiful, sweet dreams. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Soak up the history and savour the exquisite cuisine at Restaurant Kong Hans Kælder. Established by the Grønlykke family in 1976, the restaurant is located in the oldest cellar in Copenhagen dating more than 700 years back, erected during the reign of Danish monarch King Hans, and once the residence of legendary author Hans Christian Andersen. Vaulted ceilings and soft lighting create an intimate atmosphere. An open kitchen invites guests to observe the Chef while he crafts such signature dishes as his Roasted Black Lobster, served with delicate white asparagus and accompanied by an asparagus-lobster mousse with a superbly light and frothy asparagus sauce. Classic French cuisine has been paired down to respect a new-found desire for simplicity. Superb ingredients, such as the freshest shrimp from the Fjords or turbot from the North Sea speak for themselves. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant on the seafront. It is a century-old house with yellow walls, bordered by the sea and the woods of Christianslund. Inside, amidst a white and light wood decor, father and son bustle about the open kitchen and exchange with the guests who follow the preparations of the dishes. The cuisine is lively and showcases, within an ever-evolving menu, the best products of this region called “the garden of Denmark”. Fresh fish, seasonal fruits and vegetables are found on beautifully assembled plates, such as the lobster accompanied by pickled white asparagus or the traditional Øllebrød embellished with strawberries, lemon verbena sorbet, and financiers. ... Learn moreless