In a country like Denmark that is relatively cold and dark in the winter, it is nice to have a winter holiday. It is a nice break in the long boring period between the lights and culinary delights of Christmas and the Easter holiday where we are looking forward to the coming summer.
Winter holiday is a relatively new phenomenon in Denmark. It started in the 1970s because more and more Danes had taken up ski holidays with their children. The Ministry of Education therefore decided to combine the winter’s public holidays to one week of holiday in week 7. It was not before the end of the 1980s that it became current to go on winter holiday in Denmark.
Because the holiday is not connected to any Christian holiday, the local authorities can decide on the week for the winter holiday. All primary school pupils and high school students are on one week’s winter holiday, and what activities should then be planned? Not everybody goes skiing or can afford a ski holiday in Alps.
Trips and entertainment
A winter holiday does not necessarily have to include snow, cold weather or winter sports. It can also consist of fresh walks in the woods, at the beach or excursions to interesting historic sites. Afterwards, you can get warm at Tornøes Hotel in the atmospheric restaurant with its own brewhouse or in the newly renovated hotel rooms that just as the restaurant have a view on Kerteminde fjord and harbour. Tornøes Hotel is the perfect base for a winter holiday in Denmark. The hotel is built in an old merchant’s house and is a site in itself. Just around the corner, you find “Lillestranden” with its small dinghys, fishing nets and tarred sheds.
Castles and adventures
The short distance to Odense has made Kerteminde a favored tourist town. In Odense, you can visit Hans Christian Andersen’s world-famous house. On Funen, you can also visit museums that pay homage to famous people from Funen, such as the composer Carl Nielsen and the painter Johannes Larsen. The adventure island of Funen is home to a number of old castles and mansions that are open to visitors during winter
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