Nestled in the island of South Zealand is the city of Naestved, the region’s cultural and commercial hub. Just an hour away from Copenhagen, it is also home to about 42,000 residents where a significant percentage goes to work in the capital city but prefers to live here for the relatively lower price of housing. It is known to be a settlement as early as the Iron Age, long before the Vikings came into the area. Its foundation as a town was marked in early 12th century when the Benedictine monks were given Saint Peter’s Church and the lands surrounding it. It has since developed into a robust and thriving city where urban comforts can still be enjoyed amid picturesque landscapes.
Naestved offers many entertainment and recreational options for people of all ages. It is referred to as the “shopping center” of Southern Zealand with three giant shopping destinations – the Naestved Stor Center with over 80 shops and restaurants, Naestved Mega Center and the Naestved City Centre which also serves as a venue for weekly local fairs and markets. For outdoor and nature lovers, trips can be made to the Naestved Zoo, BonBonLand amusement park and Fantasy World or canoe through the Susa River. The city also has several art and historical museums like the Naetved Museum and the Kahler Museum. There is also the Gavno Castle located in Gavno island just outside of Naestved which is used as a venue for trade fairs and the annual Christmas Market, and the world famous Holmegaard Glass Factory where a museum and a workshop for kids and adults alike are open all year round.