Planning to head out of Copenhagen for the weekend but don’t want to go too far from the city? Just a train ride away from the capital city is the historic and scenic town of Fakse (or “Faxe”) in the island of Zealand east of Naestved. While it is widely known for its 63-million year old fossilized coral reef, Fakse boasts of plenty of other entertaining activities and interesting must-see places enough to fill a weekend getaway.
For nature lovers, Fakse offers a diverse landscape worth exploring either on foot or by bike. There’s the Strandgard Deer Park and the extensive Vemmetofte Forest which is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna species. There are well-marked hiking routes and bird watchers will enjoy seeing and observing the rich bird life in and around the forest. Along the Feddet peninsula is a stretch of pristine coastline with child-friendly beaches that are popular with windsurfers and families: the Fed Beach, the Faxe Ladeplads Beach and the Vemmetofte Beach. The Feddet is also known for its protected bird sanctuary. The town also
Aside from the Fakse Quarry, there is also the Fakse Geological Museum which houses a collection of minerals, rocks and fossils that were unearthed from the quarry along with an exhibition on the geological formations in the region. For art and culture lovers there are art galleries that feature works of local artists such as Atelier Iben, Galleri Lumben and Atelier Soglimt. Fakse also has a number of medieval churches with interesting histories – the 19th century Hylleholte Church, the Vemmetofte Convent, and the 15th century Roholte Church.

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