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Faaborg coat of arms
Faaborg (Denmark)
Basic data
State : DenmarkDenmark Denmark
Region : Syddanmark
(since 2007) :
Coordinates : 55 ° 6 '  N , 10 ° 14'  E Coordinates: 55 ° 6 '  N , 10 ° 14'  E
Founded: before 1200
Population :
Postal code : 5600
View over Faaborg
View over Faaborg
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Faaborg [ ˈfɔbɔːʔʀ ] (also Fåborg ; German: Foburg ) is a small Danish town with 6988 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020) in the south of Funen . It belongs to the Faaborg-Midtfyn municipality .


Faaborg is a port city on the Danish South Seas . On the northern edge of the city is the lake and the Sundet nature reserve. The city is located south of the Svanninge Bakker , part of a hilly nature reserve, the Fünsch Alps . South of the city of Faaborg is the Horne Land peninsula .


Faaborg is mentioned for the first time in 1229. The occasion was the donation of the city by King Waldemar (also Waldemar the winner ) to a Portuguese princess Eleonore (not to be confused with the princess of the same name, who married the Habsburg Frederick III in 1452), who married one of his sons. The name of the city is a bit unclear, but it probably means Foaborg or Fuchsburg.

Until the early 19th century, the hills to the north of the city were covered with heather, while the valleys were used for agriculture. When agriculture and livestock farming were no longer worthwhile, forests were planted.

Culture and sights

Faaborg's landmark, the bell tower, was built around 1500 as a church tower for St. Nikolai.
The city gate of Vesterport

The old town of Faaborg is one of the best preserved in Denmark. Particularly noteworthy is the free-standing bell tower of the old town church St. Nikolai, which was abandoned and demolished as the new parish church after the Reformation in favor of the monastery church of the Holy Spirit .

The Faaborger city ​​gate Vesterport is one of only two surviving city gates in Denmark; the other is in Stege on the island of Møn .

The Faaborg Museum, inaugurated in 1915, with the collection of the canning manufacturer Mads Rasmussen is worth seeing . It includes paintings and sculptures mainly by Funen artists such as Peter Hansen, Fritz and Anne Syberg, Johannes Larsen, Poul S. Christiansen and Kai Nielsen. In addition, temporary exhibitions with contemporary artists are shown.

A few kilometers west of the city is Hvedholm Palace .

The Skjerninghøj north of the village Svanninge is a well-preserved megalithic site of the Beaker culture .

Transport and infrastructure

Faaborg by the highway 8 leads from Tønder (dt. Tonder ) by Nyborg , also here the highway 43 starts the city with Odense connects.

Faaborg is the starting point for ferries to the islands of Ærø , Avernakø , Lyø and Bjørnø . From 1965 to June 30, 1999 there was a ferry line to Gelting in Schleswig-Holstein . Via the southern Horne Land with the ferry port Bøjden, Funen is connected to the island of Alsen by the ferry port Fynshav .

Faaborg used to be a railway junction. This is where the Odense – Nørre Broby – Faaborg Jernbane from Odense (discontinued 1954), the Svendborg – Faaborg Bane from Svendborg (discontinued 1954) and the Nyborg – Rings – Faaborg Bane (passenger traffic in 1962 and goods traffic in 1987) met. In 1988, the section between Faaborg andringen, which leads through the Pipstorn , was taken over by the museum railway Syd Fyenske Veteranjernbane , which has been running museum railway operations in the summer months since May 28, 1992. In 2002 the last train ran the entire route, the trains then ended in Corinth (Fyn). In 2011, the section between Corinth andringen was dismantled and the railway embankment has been a cycle and footpath ever since. The former train station is the city's central bus station.


The shipyard , founded in 1970, is Faaborg Værft, a specialist in conversions and repairs as well as in the construction of fishing and special vessels for commercial shipping.

Daughters and sons of the city


Individual evidence

  1. a b Statistics Banks -> Befolkning og valg -> BY1: Folketal January 1st efter byområde, alder og køn (Danish)
  2. Historien bag Faaborg-Korinth -ringen Banen og Syd Fyenske Veteranjernbane (Danish) ( Memento from August 19, 2007 in the Internet Archive )

Web links

Commons : Faaborg  - collection of images, videos and audio files