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Faaborg anno 1890

Faaborg MiniTown shall portray Faaborg city as it looked around 1890. The buildings are sought to be built as typical of the time as possible, according to the available information regarding the specific building and its use.

Information regarding the specific houses is found at the museum and City History Archive, where often photos and architectural drawings available. These are then supplemented with measurements on the actual buildings, if they're still standing in their original form and place. Based on the collected information we develop dimensionally correct plans and drawings, from which the buildings are erect in the workshop.

Architect designed houses

For the opening in 2012, 140 houses was built, and there is roughly 200 architectural drawings on houses still not erected.

All these drawings are created by architect Aage Larsen, who were an active member since the associations beginning in 1992 until his death. However others have now taken over the work of producing the drawings for Faaborg MiniTown.

If you are an architect or just want to help with this or other parts of the process of building Faaborg MiniTown, you are very welcome to contact the association or visit us in one of the workshops.

Read more about being a member or read more about our workshops.

Tools and building materials

The tools are regular hand tools. However the trowels are in miniature format, as very little mortar is needed for each brick when bricklaying.

Bricks and roof tiles are created with ceramic clay from Vedstaarup Brickworks. The clay is pressed in the required profiles and cut to the correct lengths. Afterwards the bricks and tiles and dried before being burnt at 1100 degrees celcius in a ceramic oven.

For slate roofs we use old natural slate, cut to a tenth of original size. Afterwards the stones are split very thin, so they match in size and thickness for the MiniTown houses.

Work during the winter

The activity is high during the winter season, hvor parts and facades are fabricated. In the spring the houses are moved to Faaborg MiniTown.

Walls, roofs and house parts

From ceramic clay we create and burn the bricks and roof tiles for the houses, in our miniature brick works.

We also have a lathe, where we, among other things, produce brass door knobs.

Doors and windows are made from lead, because lead is more weatherproof than wood, that will rot and need replacement.

The houses are built on top of a concrete foundation and with a back wall from leca blocks.

The Chimney

The chimney is important as it's the icing on the cake and is the last part in place, before the house is moved onto the site.

It is, by the way, the chimney that new members become acquainted with - to gain the experience, dexterity, and knowledge about materials and building processes.

From workshop to exhibition area

See the images of:

  • Leveling the site
  • The roads on the site relative to the real world
  • Moving the houses from the workshop onto the site

Existing and future houses

Faaborg MiniTown consists of around 170 houses, all looking like their equivalent from 1890, except in a 1:10 ratio.

The houses are mostly centered on the following streets:

  • Holy Spirit Church
  • Bøjestræde
  • Adelgade
  • Torvegade
  • Strandgade
  • Holkegade
  • Havnegade
  • Tårngade
  • Torvet
  • Kapellanstræde
  • Vesterport


Adults: DKK 30

Children (under 12): Free accompanied by adult


If you have a ticket from the Syd Fyenske Veteranjernbane: DKK 25

Our ticket also gives a rebate at the Syd Fyenske Veteranjernbane.

Opening hours

Date Days Opening hours
May 9th Opening day, 2024, Ascension Day 10-16
May 9th - June 23rd Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10-16
June 24th - August 28th All days 10-16
August 29th- September 29th Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10-16
October 12th - October 20th All days, autumn vacation days 10-16
October 15th, October 17th, and October 26th Co-builder days for children and young-at-hearts
Price DKK 30


Faaborg MiniBy

Diernæsvej 2
5600 Faaborg

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