Like every year, the European Street Market is in town ! There you can find Dutch tulipes, British fudge, French fashion, Italian cheese, Belgian waffles… you name it ! The European Street Market gathers stalls from all around Europe, offering a large selection of cheeses, delicatessens, pesto, sweets, crafts and street food. They tour around Denmark since 2008, visiting 20 cities in 6 months (May-September). Don’t miss it in Nykøbing from July 2 to July 6 ! It is located right in the center, at Jernbanegade.
While Sankt Hans Sunday (St- John’s Eve) is celebrated in Denmark with bonfires and songs, it will again be possible to see the F-16 fighter plane painted with the colours of the Danish flag (Dannebrog), over parts of the country ! The aircraft will take off from the Fighter Wing Skrydstrup on Sunday 23th of June at 18:00. You should be able to see in Nykøbing’s sky at 18:16 !
According to the Armed Forces it is a good opportunity to be seen on social media. The aircraft was recently painted in red and white to celebrate the 800 years of the Dannebrog.
In order to modernize the center of the town, the main square (Torvet) is currently under renovation. But with the diggings came something absolutely outstanding : a golden ring from the Middle Ages ! The discovery has been made by Martin B. Nielsen, in connection with the Museum Lolland-Falster.
The ring carries a figure of the Virgin Mary and Jesus and is dated from the second half of the 14th century. It was pressed down between the stones of an old pavement and has probably been lost.
Just in the 14th and 15th centuries, the Virgin Mary was very popular. The ring may have belonged to both a man and a woman, and not necessarily a person from the church. It was part of the personal worship of religion, and the ring has been of great importance to the owner.
PHOTOS : Museum Lolland-Falster
Nykøbing Falster just got a new Instagrammable place ! You’ll find this very colourful street art at Store Kirkestræde, right close to the Abbey Church. The project, called Latinerkvarterets Street Art Projekt (“The Latin Quarter Street Art Project”) was made in collaboration with the commune, the cultural center Multicenter Syd, and several painting shops (Nykøbing F Malerlaug, Colour Plus). ColourPlus actually gave the 100 L of primer, the paint and the materials needed by the young people from the cultural center to make the cozy street colourful.
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Along your nice stroll in Nykøbing’s pedestrian street Østergågade in the center, you’ll stumble upon some very impressive stone heads on the right side of the theater (Ostergågade 2). These massive art pieces have been carved in granite by Thomas Kadziola, and artist and sculptor born in 1962.
They were actually made – but in smaller size – in the same style as the stone figures of his famous monument called Dodekalitten, which consists in an alignment of 12 massive granite heads, some reaching up to 9 meters high and 45 tons. The name of this Stonehenge-like monument comes from Greek, meaning “12 stones”. Nykøbing has only 4, but they are definitely worth seeing !
With the Queen mania going on at the moment after the release of the Bohemian Rhapsody movie, I couldn’t not tell you about this time when a fantastic tribute band gave an amazing concert in Nykøbing. It was in the summer 2014, during the yearly town festival (festuge), by the band Queen Machine, one of the best Queen tribute bands in Europe.
Being a huge Queen fan, I couldn’t just stay at home, I had to see for myself. Like a lot of people, I thought « OK, here is one of this cover bands that just imitate famous people… ». For once, my small size was an advantage on the Viking lands, because somebody pushed me to the very front of the stage to allow me to see better. So, here I was, glued to the stage, with my camera, and no expectations at all. But what I saw simply blew me away.
Right from the first minute, I found myself thrown into Queen’s universe and their mythical songs… but not only. What I saw was a smashing and phenomenal performance, by some stunning artists. I honestly think the audience clearly felt the alchemy between the musicians – Peter Møller Jeppesen, Paolo Romano Torquati, Jens Lunde and Henrik Østergaard – and the frontman Bjarke Baisner Laursen. They offered us a breathtaking showmanship, respecting all what made Queen’s legendary touch. Not to mention the amazing light show which really brought a spectacular dimension to the concert.
Bjarke Baisner Laursen also blew me away by his outstanding act. It’s not only the fact that he’s a true artist with a fantastic voice, presence and charisma, but also that he could take Freddy’s place, yet remaining himself. The emotions he just threw right in your face were really his, not just some attitudes borrowed from a famous singer who died some years ago. Under an iconic moustache, and despite his perfect Mercurian poses, it is Bjarke Baisner Laursen you saw, and not only Freddy. Having been an artist myself (guitarist and dancer), I know how it is to interpret a piece that is not your own, but without losing your true self in the process. Here, the frontman showed who he was as an artist, while honouring Mercury’s memory with a great sense of detail and a lot of respect.
I’m very happy I got to see our Danish Freddy and his Queen Machinists playing memorable hits just right at my door ! I have to confess that few days later after the concert, I still feel a kind of emptiness, having trouble to « un-queen » myself and to not think about this great moment anymore. I never thought I would be a « groupie », but here I am, checking Queen Machine’s tour dates expecting them to come again any soon !
You can see the full album of this concert here.
If you want to purchase some Danish souvenirs to your gourmets friends or family, or just bring home a little piece of Nykøbing, the shop Thea is THE place to go. This amazing boutique is located in the center, at Frisegade 4.
Thea is actually the little sister of Marius, the tobacco and alcool shop, an institution in Nykøbing since 1865 (which I’ll make you discover soon in a next blog article !).
At Thea, you’ll find amazing homemade tea blends, numerous variants of local candies, salted liquorice (another Danish specialty), chocolate, and many other sweet things to taste, drink or to decorate your home.
If I can give you a good tip, there are at least three products you should definitely bring back home. First, the “inevitable” flavoured lakrids (liquorice). You’ll find many different shapes and flavours, from the trendy passion fruit liquorice coated with white chocolate to the old traditional type of liquorice with ammonium salt.
For those who are not into liquorice, the handmade bolcher will without doubt be a hit. These hard candies are made in Denmark since a very long time, with boiled syrups, plant extracts, dye and flavourants. So many to chose from !
And if you really enjoyed your stay in Nykøbing, why not have a little piece of the town on your walls ? The local graphic designer Mette Glyholt makes and prints right here in town these very beautiful posters, about Nykøbing but also other cities from the Lolland-Falster region.
Right in the center of the town, very close to the main square Torvet, you’ll find a porch with magnificent fresques in Art Déco style. Located at Dronningensgade 23, this wonderful piece of art has been made around 1925 by the painter Karl Petersen, who lived there. A must see !
And thanks to Birgitte Grejsen Møs for the pictures of the months of June and July that I couldn’t see when I went there, because of the open doors !
If you go to Løveapoteket (The Lion Pharmacy) at Langgade 5, in the center of Nykøbing, you can’t miss the cheeky wooden monkey hanging in the middle of the shop. This is the work of an iconic Danish designer called Kay Bojesen (1886-1958). His philosopy was “great design is something that everyone is entitled to”. Kay Bojesen actually considered himself a craftsman, not a designer. In 1952, he was appointed Purveyor to His Majesty the King of Denmark. He’s famous not only for his cutlery and tableware, but also his wooden menagerie.
If you’re interested in purchasing Kay Bojesens’s animals, you can go for instance to the shop Imerco, at Jernbanegade 6 (close to Flying Tiger), where you’ll find the whole zoo : monkeys, rabbits, elephants, sea parrots, bears, dogs, love birds… Be aware that they are quite expensive… but owning a piece of iconic Danish design is priceless ! The 20 cm monkey costs 899 DKK which is 120 € / 136 $.
The shop is located in the heart of the town, in the main pedestrian street, at Jernbanegade 6B. According to what they say on their website, Flying Tiger Copenhagen claims they have what you need (pencils, handcream, batteries, napkins…), what you dream of (design lamp, embroidered cushion, tea pot…) and things you didn’t know existed. In the last category, let’s say Flying Tiger is very creative ! Flying Tiger Copenhagen’s dedicated design team has won numerous international design awards for their imaginative work.
The shops are packed with 1500 items, with a new collection every second week. If you stroll down Jernbanegade, don’t miss a little tour in this unusual shop ! You’ll find colourful products, that are also quite cheap. Here are the latest Easter products from Flying Tiger you can find in Nykøbing.
Flying Tiger Copenhagen
4800 Nykøbing Falster
Named after the Russian Tsar Peter the Great who visited Nykøbing Falster in July 1716, The Tsar’s House is the towns’s landmark.
The half-timbered house was built in the 1690′. Some archaeological researches suggested the place was already used in the 1200 to house merchants and servants. The first known owner was Ivar Rosenfeldt, who started the guest house in 1697, and was also the postmaster of Nykøbing. Actually, as the post was not delivered to the city, people came to collect it in this house.
In the beginning of the 18th century, Denmark’s King Frederik IV was allied with the Russian Tsar Peter the Great, and offered him to use his fleet in order to invade Scania, under the Great Nordic War. On his way to Copenhagen, where the fleet was at anchor, Peter the Great stopped at Nykøbing. According to the legend, he preferred to eat at the inn, rather than stay at the Castle in the company of the royal family… Some even say he also slept there, although there is no proof.
The inn, who is told to be the oldest in Denmark, added then a wooden plaque to commemorate the auspicious visitor, an item that is still visible today in the restaurant. Nowadays, the Tsar’s House is listed, and is owned by Lolland-Falster’s Museum.
Until recently, the restaurant was open and it was a must see for all visitors. Unfortunately, it closed permanently in September 2018… What a shame ! The restaurant was managed by Nelli Hjorth and Alen Music, but after a rough year, Lolland-Falster’s Museum, who owns the building, chose to terminate their agreement and asked them to leave. Luckily for me, I had the chance to eat there three times. One for a coffee, and twice for very memorable Sunday brunches. You can imagine how wonderful it was to eat in such a legendary place…
Færgestræde 1A / Langgade 2
48000 Nykøbing Falster
… and some nice plants at/from the florists Ellas Minde and La France.
I have the chance to share my life with 4 dogs, 4 chihuahuas. I know what you think : Mexican dogs in Denmark ? Don’t worry, in fall and wintertime they wear very warm coats ! Blueberry, Yokko, Diva and Zara love to walk, whatever the season (but not when it’s raining !). Among our favourite walks, there is Svanedammen (The Swan Pond) and all the boulevard along Gulborgsund Strait, Strandenboulevarden (The Beach Boulevard), starting from Slotsbryggen (The Castle Docks).
Believe it or not, they’re able to walk up to 7 km ! That’s why they love to curl on the sofa to rest after those big treks…
In front of Klosterkirken (The Abbey Church), you can’t miss the magnificent conker tree (or horse-chestnut tree, Aesculus hippocastanum). Every time I admire it, I wonder how many marriage proposals took place under this tree… You can see the tree through the seasons, from spring to winter. (Click to see the galleries).
I don’t know how old is this tree. But we have proof it was already there in the early 1900s !
And here are some details about the leaves and the bark, taken during a past spring. I love the light through the leaves, the scales on the trunk, the lichen on the bark…
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If you want to go a bit away from the center of the town and enjoy a little you should definitely go to Svanedammen. You’ll understand right away why its name means “The Swan Pond” ! In a little pond, surrounded by nature and beautiful birch trees and willows, you can walk, or just sit on a bench to meditate or observe the numerous birds : swans, green ducks, herons, moorhens, coots, and more recently cormorants. And especially, adorable tuft ducks, with their very elegant “haircut”…
I go there several time a week with my dogs, and I really love this place, because it’s very quite. There’s also a restaurant, but most importantly a sport center, a sport hall, and a stadium, where there’s a lot of activity.
Here’s a map, if you go from the main square, Torvet.
Last year, the 15th of June (2018) a Søstrene Grene shop opened in Nykøbing Falster, at Jernbanegade 23. If you’re not familiar with the concept, let me tell you a story. Everything started in the town of Århus in 1973 when Knud Cresten Vaupell Olsen and his wife Inger Grene open a little shop, that they call Søstrene Grene (The Grene Sisters). But more than a shop, the team creates a whole experience. Inspired by ballet, classical music and Danish design, they invent a new universe shaped by storytelling, that we nowadays know as “The World of Anna and Clara”. So who are these two “sisters” ?
Anna is a creative artist, and Clara focus on being practical and organised. In fact, these fictional “ghosts” incarnate all what the shop has to offer. Let’s start the tour !
Like some other Scandinavian shops, Søstrene Grene is mapped like a labyrinth, forcing you to walk by all the different sections. The tour starts with the decoration and home accessories universe.
You can also find decorative and practical items for children, as well as numerous toys and colouring books.
Once we leave the children universe, time to have fun with all the crafts and hobbies section ! Pencils, paint, yarn, stickers, paper… It’s impossible not to find anything to keep you busy during rainy days.
And if you have to throw a partie and wrap presents, the two sisters have all what you need !
Last but not least, you end the tour in the cooking and delicatessen section, where you can find very interesting products.
A secret door, a hidden room… During renovation in 2017, the little Museum of Nykøbing Falster discovered in the building a hidden room, filled with old crates and various notes and drawings. It turned out to be the legacy of the former owner of the old house, Cornelius S. C. Rödder. Be sure to read this story until the end… some things might not be quite as they seem…
Born in 1821 in Nykøbing Falster, Rödder was the son of a rich upper-class family from a noble German lineage. He studied medicine in Copenhagen. In 1856, during a trip in Italy, he found some strange writings and very unusual specimens. He later met the famous Thomas Merrylin, a London-based crypto-naturalist and xeno-archaeologist. That’s when his focus turned towards the Dark World and the occult, leading to an incredible cryptozoology collection we can see today at the museum. Vampires, fairies, baby dragons, werewolf… Welcome to the Museum Obscurum !
We start our journey into the dark world by exploring various mysteries, from Harry Potter’s story to Mary Shelley’s quotes.
We then enter in Cornelius S. C. Rödder’ universe by arriving in his living room where there is a little spiritism alcove. Ouija boards were very popular around 1900, helping people to connect with their loved ones who died during wars.
In his study room, Cornelius gathered numerous strange findings, like odd stuffed animals, as well as prehistoric and medieval artefacts.
From there, we finally have access to the Dark Room, whose entrance is cleverly hidden behind the library. Here are some of the most interesting specimens found by Rödder.
Draco alatus, the Dragon
Most commonly known as “Dragon”, Draco alatus is a species of membranous winged theropod dinosaur. It is said it is the member of a theropod family that survived the extinction event 65 millions years ago.
Here you can see a specimen of a human infant skeleton, with a peculiar disformity on the skull, forming two large cranial horns. According to Merrylin’s diaries, this is the result of the mother’s abuse of narcotics.
The Forest Child
This tiny skeleton was found in 1891, in a tomb on the Peninsula of Osbora. It is supposed to be a creature that was worshipped.
Homo lupus, The Lycanthrope
Also know as “werewolf”, this specimen of Homo lupus belongs to a species of bipedal hominid, related to both Homo sapiens and Homo vampyrus (the vampire). The wolf-like characteristics might be the result of a genetic mutation caused by a virus. This very specimen is a 15 years old female, who probably died of starvation. She was the last piece collected by the anthropologist Edward Harrell who worked alongside Thomas Merrylin.
This Ichtyosapien is fish-like species, closely related to mudskippers (Periophthalmus).
The Ship Elf
Also called “Klabauter man”, the ship elf is a good spirit. He helps discovering weak spots on the ship by knocking the wood with his club. Cornelius S. C. Rödder found this one in Norway.
That’s not all…
Across the numerous rooms of the museum, you can encounter other disturbing sights, and discover some mysterious writings.
Could all that be true ?
Actually, the Museum exhibits some specimens from the well known Merrylin Cryptic Collection. His amazing collection is the work of a Londonian illustrator and sculptor, Alex CF. Few years ago, CF’s fictional work took internet by storm, after the publication of a viral story about “mysterious skeletons found in a basement under an old London orphanage”.
In 2017, the Nykøbing museum acquired some of his cryptid sculptures and imagined a fantastic and dark scenography, by Leif Plith Lauritsen and Erik Kristiansen as well as Museum Lolland-Falster’s employees. Their work won the Historic Day’s Renewal Award, a prize “to honor the innovative, surprising and different ways of conveying history and making history accessible to more people”, as the organization writes in their webpage.
4800 Nykøbing Falster
Phone : 54 84 44 00
Since I live in Nykøbing and craft special items for people from the town, I thought I could talk about my little shop, Facettes Jewellery. For few years, I’ve been making handmade jewellery, with premium materials, only from Europe. My favourite materials are rose gold, silver, and handmade glass beads from Murano (Venezia, Italy) that are quite popular here.
I often make custom order, which is something I really enjoy, because I love to know my client and what they want, and craft something truly unique what would fit them and their personality. I sold my jewellery several times at “client evenings” in the shop Catwalk-Papaya, in the center. But most of the time I sell online (www.facettesjewellery.com).
I also have clients who come directly at home to see the jewellery and enjoy a customised private sale. Feel free to do the same ! You can contact me via the Facebook page of my little webshop, and we can arrange an appointment, where you’ll be able to chose jewellery, or to order some special pieces only for you !
Emma Horskjær has 5 babies. Her 4 children, and her shop, which also bears her name. “When I opened my little boutique 10 years ago, I had no idea I would end up in a bigger shop in the main pedestrian street”, she says.
Emma is 42 years old, from Belgian and Spanish descent. In 2010, as a single mom with not much money, she took a leap of faith. Instead of working in a big brand’s store, she opened her own independent tiny shop, in Langgade, a street in the center of the town. Her trademark : colourful clothes from Paris and Italy, for trendy versatile women.
However, the location of the shop she named “By Emma” was not the best, as most of the potential clients and tourists prefer to walk in the main pedestrian streets, Østergågade and Jernebanegade, not far from there. That’s why she moved here few years ago, in a much bigger boutique, at Østergågade 29. It was a very big gamble, but it definitely paid of !
“I sell at least 20 to 30 pieces of clothing every day”, Emma says. During holidays, the shop attracts a lot of tourists, mostly from Germany, Holland, Norway and Sweden. “We also see some girls from Copenhagen. They come in a group of 8-10 to spend the week-end. I always remember them.” Emma has indeed a very good memory. “I love to remember clients, to know what they like. Sometimes I help men to chose presents for their wife, because I know them as clients”.
If you love colours and patterns, By Emma is right for you. “That’s why people come here”, she confirms. The small prices are also another reason of her success. For instance, for only 359 DKK (48€ / $55), you can get a very unique pair of pants, the piece she sells the most and what she’s famous for.
“Every 8-10 weeks, I renew the whole collection”, Emma says. “And I buy only few pieces for each size”. That’s why if you see something you like, you should buy it right away, because you’ll never see it again or find it elsewhere !
The next step ? A webshop, that should open very soon. I’m sure this will be a success as well… another one.
4800 Nykøbing Falster
Phone : 26 56 46 65
Bjørnebrønden (“The Bear Well”) is a very nice fountain in the heart of Nykøbing, at the main square, Torvet. It is made of granite from the Danish island of Bornholm, by Mogens Bøgghild (1901-1987). The Bear has been donated by the wholesaler E. Jeppensen in 1939 to celebrate Nykøbing Falster’s 400th anniversary as a market town.
The architect Kaare Klint, in charge of the project, mentions that “the bear is a well-known symbol of a nation, and thereby related to a nearby house and a famous visit that took place in the year 1716”. That year in July, the Russian Tzar Peter The Great visited Nykøbing Falster, where he chose to eat (and perhaps also stay overnight) at the inn, which has since been known as the Tsar’s House (Czarens Hus).
It is also the wholesaler Jeppesen who’s behind the preservation of the Czar’s House and the Falsters Minder Museum in the same building. There is thus a close connection between the story of this protected building on the corner of Langgade / Færgestræde and Bjørnebrønden.
The “Bear project” is a result of an architecture competition, and was submitted on November 24, 1937, at Charlottenborg.
In a letter dated 29 August 1938, the architect Kaare Klint wrote to the mayor: “After Mogens Bøggild has completed the model of the bear, it is my conviction that Nykøbing will have a work of art of rank, therefore it is very important to me that the surroundings be arranged in the best way ”.
Both architect Kaare Klint and sculptor Mogens Bøggild are important national representatives of each their art discipline, architecture and visual arts. For this reason, the Bjørnebrønden’s presence in the middle of the town square (Torvet) is an important, cultural-historical landmark in Nykøbing Falster.
The Bear Well has been renovated in 2002-2003. The old elm trees have been replaced by two linden trees. The round benches were restored in oak, prepared according to the original drawings. Everything, both sculpture, well, paving, benches and trees are in very good condition, and the renovation respected the original drawings.
Unfortunately, the main square is being renovated (2019-2020) : the Bear Well will move, to let place to a “puddle”, the benches and trees will be removed… In a petition from 2018, on Facebook, the Cultural Heritage Association wrote that “it will be no less than a scandal and, to the extent, disrespectful of the history”. They set as example the latest renovation, : “It was done with the help of The Conservation Fund and Nordea. The square can easily be subjected to renovation without breaking it up.”
So far, as I’m writing this story (April 2019), the renovation of Torvet has just started. A fountain has already been removed (The Canon), but this didn’t break the heart of local people, because most considered it as an “ugly piece of modern art”. At the contrary, The Bear Well is cherished by the town’s inhabitants and visitors. Let’s hope he will keep the place it deserves…
Today I discovered a new place, and I wonder why I didn’t know it yet. OK, I know, that’s because that’s not right in the center of the town (where I live). But it’s not that far ! You just need to turn your back to the center, cross the bridge and reach the sugar factory Nordic Sugar. Then, on its flank, you arrive to this extremely beautiful cemetery, Østre Kirkegård, with its stunning almond trees.
Here is the walk if you go from the main square, Torvet.
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Originally opened in the early 1900′, Den Gamle Købmanshandel (The Old Shop) at Færgestræde 1A is a must see in Nykøbing Falster. It is located right in the heart of the town. It is part of the Lolland-Falster Museum, in the same building as Czarens Hus (The Tzar’s House).
At the beginning, the customers could buy everything that was needed in the daily household: food, clothes, tools, paints, spirits, beer and soft drinks, clogs, spices, chocolates, sweets, bicycle tires and even tar. Later in 1955, a merchant called Jørgen Skaaning bought the store, which was given as part of the Museum.
It hasn’t changed ever since ! Along with some old products exhibited to show Nykøbing’s history, you can buy fresh coffee, Viking mead, handmade candies, locally made brushes, old toys, books about the town’s history, and plenty of other interesting goods. You can also find some seasonal products for Christmas or Easter.
At the counter, this is also the Tourist Information desk, and where you buy the tickets for the Museum. The shop is open from 10.00 to 16:00 Mondays to Fridays, and only to 14:00 on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays, and there might be some changes during holidays. You can see the opening hours here.
Every time I walk by Kongensgade, (a street leading to Torvet, the main square) I look at all the gorgeous houses there. There is this one in particular, covered by red vine leaves in the fall. This amazing property is from 1927, and has a surface of 230 m2. If you want to buy it, you would have to pay 3.365.000 DKK : $506.032 / 450.755 Euros.
You want to know more about this house ? You’ll find all the informations on the real estate agency’s webpage Robin Hus.
At Dronningensgade 27A, there is this wonderful painting called Svanemor (“The Swan Mother”) by Henry Heerup, made in 1990. Everytime I walk by, I have to stop to admire it. I love the simplicity and the naive style. This motif with a swan mother, two chicks and an egg has been used many times by this painter. You can find Svanemor in several lithographies.
Henry Heerup (4 November 1907 – 30 May 1993) was a Danish painter and sculptor born in Frederiksberg. He studied painting under Axel Jørgensen and Einar Nielsen at the Royal Danish Academy of Art. He also studied sculpture there under Einar Utzon-Frank. His first oil painting was “The Old Oak in Wolfvalley” in 1924.
If you really like this mamma swan with her chicks, you can buy a poster here.
“Svanemor”, by Henry Heerup
4800 Nykøbing Falster
GPS coordinates : 54.767684,11.870113
April 7, it’st 20 degrees in Nykøbing. But it’s not summer yet ! It’s actually Easter soon, as you can see in the shops’ windows. Rabbits, chicks, geese and eggs are all over the place…
In the center, behind the Job Center, there is what we call Aftenskolen, “The Evening School”. It is the place where people can go after work (or school) to learn various hobbies. There is also a Music School. And at the back of the parking, on you see some colourful tags. Or are they street art ?
What do you think ?
Nykøbing Falster (originally named Nykøbing) is a city in Southern Denmark. It is the seat of the commune of Guldborgsund (Guldborg Strait) and it belongs to the region called Sjælland (Zealand). The town lies on the island of Falster, which is connected by the Frederick IX Bridge (295 m long), over Guldborgsund. The commune includes the satellite town of Sundby, just on the other side of the strait, on the island of Lolland.
Nykøbing Falster counts a population of 16.500 (and around 2800 for Sundby).
Nykøbing Falster is the largest city of Lolland-Falster. It is often called “Nykøbing F.” to distinguish it from at least two other cities in Denmark with the same name : Nykøbing Mors and Nykøbing Sjælland. Not to mention the town of Nyköping in Sweden, which means the same but in a different language.
From 1970 to 2006, Nykøbing was the administrative seat of the former county of Storstrøm as well as the Nykøbing Falster municipality. On the 1st of January 2007, the former Nykøbing Falster municipality merged with Nysted, Nørre Alslev, Sakskøbing, Stubbekøbing, and Sydfalster municipalities to form Guldborgsund municipality.
Nykøbing Falster was founded around a 12th-century medieval castle. At the end of the 12th century, in order to protect the town against the Wends, fortifications were set up on the peninsula on Guldborgsund, which became Nykøbing Castle (Nykøbing Slot). The city developed all around these fortifications. After the Reformation, widowed Danish queens came to live in the castle. And as several queens were of German descent, many Germans also came to live in Nykøbing Falster.
The castle and the entire crown land on Falster were put up for sale in 1763 to help improve the poor state of government finances. The castle was set up for demolition, and most of its stones were used to build several other places in the region. Today, only the ruin of one of the towers, Fars Hat (Father’s Hat) is in existence today. You can see it at Slotsbryggen (The Castle’s Dock), in front of the cinema Nordisk Film Biografer.
You can also see a small model of the whole castle at the Lolland-Falster Museum in the center of the town.
In the year of 1716, Peter The Great, Czar of Russia, came to Nykøbing Falster. He ate at the inn (and probably stayed the night), which is an old wood and bricks house from 1580. The house has been since name Czarens Hus (The Czar House) in his honor. Today, Czarens Hus is the main attraction of the town, as the building holds both the little museum of Lolland-Falster, and Den Gamle Købmandshandel (The Old Grocer’s Shop), which is also the Tourism Information Office. In front of Czarens Hus lies a famous and very iconic fountain, Bjørnebrønden (The Bear Well), built to commemorate the Russian Tsar visit.
Since 1885 at least, the seal of Nykøbing Falster is a ship. You can find it in different places in the town, the most visible being on the ground and at Klosterkirken (The Abbey Church).
Last Autumn (2018) has been absolutely fantastic in terms of colours. This 2019 Spring, I was amazed by the very numerous vibrant flowers at Strandboulevarden, along the Guldborgsund strait ! The most vibrant ones are various cultivars of Aubrieta. It’s easy to see why the genus got its name from Claude Aubriet, a French flowers painter. Clinging to the wall in a flow of mauve flowers, the purple rock cress is among the first to offer an explosion of colours at the beginning of the spring. Among few other species, I also saw some timid violets, that I don’t remember seeing the former years.
Nykøbing Falster lies on the island of Falster, connected by the 295-meter-long Frederick IX Bridge over the Guldborgsund (Guldborg Strait) waterway to the island of Lolland. No wonder why the seal of Nykøbing Falster is a ship ! You can find it in different places in the town, especially on the ground.
At Klosterkirken, the Abbey Church, you can find a nice ship carved in wood, on the right side at the entrance, which is also the seal of Nykøbing Falster.
You can also see some nice vessels hanging from the church’s roof. It’s not clear whether those are ex voto, or just presents to the church.
If you follow one of the streets that leads to the church (Store Kirkestræde), you will find the famous tavern Marine Stuen. This tavern exists since 1938, and is owned today by Søren Andersen, who took over the place in 1967.
And if you want to see real boats, you have to go to the harbour at Slotsbryggen.
If you want to walk around 4 to 5 km, from the center of Nykøbing, you should really stroll along Guldborgsund Strait, on Strandboulevarden (“Beach Boulevard”). You can start from Slotsbryggen (The Castle’s Dock), close to the cinema Nordisk Film Biografer, and take your time enjoying nature, all the way up to the outskirts of Nykøbing. (Map at the end of the article).
This is one of my absolute favourite walk, and I do it several time a weeks with my dogs. It is also the best place to see seasonal variations, with changing water and vegetation. These pictures have been taken in March and April 2019, just at the start of the Spring.
It’s time to go back to civilisation ! Here’s the view of Nykøbing when you go back to the center. You can see Slotsbryggen, Vandtårnet (The Water Tower), the Danish Agro factory, and further away, on the right, the Nordic Sugar factory.
Here’s a map of this nice stroll along Guldborgsund Strait.
If you like modern architecture, you will probably enjoy a stroll at Slotsbryggen (“The Castle’s Dock”). It is located along a small harbour, in place of the old castle. In front of the cinema (Nordisk Film Biografer), you can see what’s left of it.
In my opinion, Slotsbryggen could have been much cosier and lacks “something”. There are 2 cafés, Fund Bar and the Cafe 3kanten, but no shops. This is typically the type of location that should be praised by locals and tourists, but unfortunately this does not happen, the docks are lifeless most of the time. However, Slotsbryggen is worth seeing, thanks to the spectacular view on the Guldborgsund straight.
The menu offers a lot of various dishes, including vegetarian ones.
You can order à la carte or chose the buffet menu. With the buffet you get 8-10 different selected dishes, served on bowls, little casseroles or wooden plates, that you can refill as many times as you like. This very convivial way of sharing a dinner with your friends is one of the reason Dhaba gets good reviews on TripAdvisor.
To Indian food connoisseurs, Dhaba’s dishes might not be spicy enough. The place is also small and can be quite noisy in the evening, due to its success. However, the food is excellent, so as the service.
If you want to eat at Dhaba on a Friday or the week-end, it’s wise to make a reservation.
In the same building as Czarens Hus (The Tsar’s House) and Den Gamle Købmandshandel (The Old Grocer’s Shop) lies the little museum of Nykøbing, at Færgestræde 1A. Here are some pictures of their main exhibit that lasted several years, about all the memories of the town and the island of Falster : remains from old shops, costumes, various objects, furnitures, tools, toys… You can see how people lived in Nykøbing Falster in former times !
October 2018 has been incredibly long and warm. The result was flamboyant, vibrant colourful leaves and berries. These photos has been taken at Strandboulevarden along Guldborgsund strait, and also at Svanedammen, a little park not far from the center of the town.
Lions, bears, horses, bulls and various birds… Nykøbing is a real jungle! Are you ready for a little photo safari, right in the center of the town ?
We start with “The Mother Swan”, Svanemor (Dronningensgade 27A).
You want to see more birds ? Just go to the direction of Torvet, then on your left to the pedestrian street Østergågade, until you arrive to the bookshop Arnold Busck (Jernbanegade 2) and its very nice golden owls.
Very close from there, on your right you’ll see the Abbey Church, Klosterkirken (Kirkepladsen 3).
From the Church, take the little street called Lille Kirkestræde and keep walking one minute on Langgade. On your right, you’ll see Brogade. At the end of the street on your right, you’ll be surprised to find a door with magnificent dolphins !
You can now go back on your steps to reach the pub Kontoret (Langgade 28), few minutes away. You see the horse and the lion on each side of the door ?
A bit further down the street, the “Lion Pharmacy”, Løveapoteket (Langgade 5), is well named.
Few steps away and we arrive at the main square. Here you can admire “The Bear Well”, Brøndenbøonden at Torvet.
Keep going in the same direction on Langgade until you arrive to “The Gossip Bench”, Sladrebænken (Grønttorvet 40). Sit with the two chicks to have a chat !
You can now pursue your walk to reach “The Castle’s Dock”, Slotsbryggen. Beware of the dragon at the Chinese restaurant Beijing (Slotsbryggen 16) !
If from Slotsbryggen you decide to take the nice stroll along Strandboulevarden, do not unleash your dog !
Vandtårnet, the yellow water tower, was built in 1908. It is 43 meters high, there are 7 floors and 147 steps, and the viewing platform is at 32 meters altitude, offering the best view of Nykøbing Falster. At the time of its construction, it was Denmark’s first iron concrete building of that size ! It is located at Hollands Gård 30, very close to the main pedestrian street.
In 2008, the school MultiCenter Syd renovated the water tower, in order to modernize it and transform it into a café and an art gallery. While children make drawings in the corner, you can have a warm coffee and a piece of freshly baked-cake or a homemade sandwich.