If Hans Christian Andersen himself were to come back to life and land in this village, he'd feel that the world had never changed. This is the Danish version of Scotland's mystical "Brigadoon," where some 30 buildings, dating from the 17th to the 19th century, keep alive the village milieu of yesterday, with half-timbered houses, flower gardens, a communal pond, and a grazing cow (or goat) that characterized village life of long ago.

In a scenic setting in the Hunderup Woods, these old buildings include a tollhouse, weaver's shop, windmill, farming homestead, vicarage, village school, brickworks, and the inevitable jail. Each was reassembled on this site and authentically furnished. You can visit workshops to see craftspeople, including a basket maker, a spoon cutter, a weaver, and the village blacksmith.

As an added treat, plays and folk dances are staged at a Greek-style theater. The best way to get here is to ignore the bus suggestion and take a boat from Munke Mose in Odense down the river to Erik Boghs Sti. After you disembark, it's a 15-minute scenic walk to the museum. A one-way fare is DKK40 ($6.80/£4) for adults or DKK30 ($5.10/£3) for children 10 to 15, free for children 9 and under.