Located south-west of Copenhagen, Falster is a Danish island ringed by beautiful beaches and charming villages. From the Middle Ages, its agricultural land belonged to the crown and is thought to have been used as a dowry for Frederick III’s wife, Sophie Amalie, in the 17th century.
Things to do in Falster
Take a step back in time at the Medieval Centre, which explores life in Denmark during the late 14th and early 15th centuries. Built on the western shore of Guldborgsund, it centres around a recreated Danish market town and boat-filled harbour. Watch as period-dressed staff illustrate traditional crafts and admire the antique weapons on display or coincide your visit with one of the live firing sessions.
Spend a day exploring the pedestrianised streets of Nykøbing Falster, which is home to the 15th-century, Gothic-style Abbey Church. It houses an elaborate Renaissance altarpiece and a pulpit designed by Jørgen Ringnis, as well as an octagonal bronze font crafted in Lübeck. Don’t miss the Museum Obscurum, where you can get up close to the cryptozoological collection of Cornelius SC Rödder.
In the town of Eskilstrup is Denmark's Tractor Museum, which occupies a beautiful brick warehouse dating back to 1918. It boasts an impressive collection of vintage tractors and engines from Fiat, Ford and Volvo, as well as the only Danish tractor manufacturer, Bukh. Also on display are rare engines, motorised garden equipment and agricultural tools from times gone by.
Getting around Falster
Falster is just over an hour’s drive from Copenhagen and Copenhagen Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular trains connect from the Danish capital to the Nykøbing Falster railway station while buses travel to villages around the island. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting around.