Middelfart

The name may not sound pleasant but the town of Middelfart (which means “central passage”) is everything nice and charming lying on the island of Funen in the eastern part of Jutland. Archaeological records show that Middelfart has been a settlement even during the prehistoric times while the name Maethelfar first appeared in the Danish Census Book in the 13th century. During the Middle Ages, it was the seat of royalty where the Royal Castle of Hindsgavl was the site of historical milestones before it was destroyed in 1694.

Until the 19th century, Middelfart was also known for the sport of whale and dolphin hunting. The city is not a large one and visitors can actually explore Middelfart by walking around. With a combination of a picturesque surrounding and the medieval character of the architecture around town, one needs no further motivation for a pleasurable day of sightseeing. One of its main attractions includes the St. Nikolaus Church built in the 12th century in the Baroque-Romanesque style. There is also the Kulturoen, the “Cultural Island” on the waterfront, one of the more contemporary buildings in the city.

The building houses the library, the tourist information office of Middelfart along with a cinema and a restaurant. The old grounds of the Hindsgavl Castle has been transformed in the Hindsgavl Mansion which is being used as a hotel and a conference center. Visitors can still walk around its beautiful gardens and find some of the ruins of the old royal palace while the barn nearby holds a small collection of prehistoric objects and a section that focuses on the history of the castle.

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