The German writer Bertolt Brecht spent the first years of his exile from Nazi Germany in Svendborg.
The town provided the title of a collection of Brecht's poems "Svendborger Gedichte" (Svendborg Poems). By road, Svendborg is located 195 kilometres (121 mi) southwest of Copenhagen, 44.2 kilometres (27.5 mi) south of Odense, 85.8 kilometres (53.3 mi) southeast of Middelfart, and 28.5 kilometres (17.7 mi) south-southeast of Faaborg.
Anne Hvide's House (Anne Hvides Gård), a two-storey, half-timbered building, is one of Svendborg's oldest houses.
The food and metallurgy sectors became well established.The port prospered with new facilities, including shipyards such as Svendborg Skipsværft which was established in 1907 on an artificial island.It still belongs to Svenborg Museum who use it for exhibitions on the history of Svendborg during the summer months.Naturama, established in April 2005, is a natural history museum enhanced by means of various technological support features including light and sound, film, and expedition scenarios.By road, Svendborg is located 195 kilometres (121 mi) southwest of Copenhagen, 183 kilometres (114 mi) south of Aarhus, 44.2 kilometres (27.5 mi) south of Odense, and 28.5 kilometres (17.7 mi) east of Faaborg.
Svendborg is home to the “Naturama” museum, which holds a wide variety of stuffed animals from birds to bears.
Ørkild Castle, located just east of Svendborg, was property of the bishop of Odense, who was less than popular among the citizens of the city.
The tension resulted in the castle being seized and burned down by an angry mob in collaboration with the King's forces.
This development was followed by improvement of the infrastructure, such as rail links with Odense, Faaborg and Nyborg, improvement of the local roads and the establishment of a real harbour suited for extensive trading, since goods could now easily be transported there.
In the middle of the 19th century an explosion of industrialization happened, and all kinds of factories, from engineering to breweries were established together with modern gas and water systems.
It was not until the end of the war with England and the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th century that the city returned to a period of increasing prosperity.