Next to the Radisson Hotel in Odense you will find this interesting sculpture, showing various characters from different fairytales by H.C.Andersen.
It is a pity that I know only a very few of them, but it was funny to take a closer look at all these great details anyway.
This is one of the most popular benches in Odense, especially for children, simply because you can take a seat there next to H.C.Andersen (1805 - 1875).
You will find this great bench at the main entrance to the Radisson Hotel, about 150 meters from the birth-house of Hans Christian Andersen.
Next to it there is another funny bench, see it in my last picture, it has real feet to stand on !
Take a closer look in the local churches and in many of them you will see small-cale models of sailingships hanging down from the ceiling in order to pray for a safe return of the fishermen, who quite often had to spend several weeks on the open ocean fishing and many of them did not return safely.
This is the one I saw in Bagenkop on the island of Langeland, a small fishing-village, but in fact you may see them also in various churches in Odense.
I was amazed at the scope of HCA's talents. In the library were his books, translated into most languages of the world. Showcases full of paper cuttings, walls filled with drawings. And of course an explanation of his life in photo's, objects and texts.
My goodness, I am getting to sound like a local, too lazy to spell out Hans Christian Andersen (HCA). Anyway, the museum was very informative. I realised I didn't know much about HCA apart from his fairy tales. He was an enormous traveller and was abroad some 10 years of his life. Also he wrote plays and was famous for intricate paper cuttings and drawings.
Here are 5 photo's taken inside his tiny childhood home. The house is accessible from inside the museum.
Another old part of Odense (Hans Jensen Straede) , where HC Andersen lived as a child. Very quaint old houses and very tranquil. Some of the windows are very old, I think. They are slightly rounded, making the windows quite interesting.
Have a look at the 5 photo's in this tip.
About 5 minutes walk from the Town Hall, we finally arrived at the HC Andersen museum. Which was in fact almost full circle to the point where we started. The museum itself is a modern building, ground level and so accessible for wheelchairs and such. The cloack room and toilets are downstairs but there's an elevator.
See for visitor's info my tip in the section Things To Do.
Do see the 4 photo's in this tip.
The large open, car-less square in front of the Town Hall is alive with people chatting and hanging around. Children play with the naked lady. And there is HC again! With bare feet. Supposedly he had a shoe size 47...
Crossing over to St. Knud's Plads. A spacious square with the chuch (see my Off the Beaten Path tips for more photo's of this gothic church) and also the Town Hall.
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I think this is Munkemollestr. Well, I'm pretty sure but correct me if I'm wrong.
It's a pretty uneventful street, all modern buildings and it's a dead end because you'll find yourself driving into a parking garage underground.
This pub has entrances for women and men separately. It was said to be 'not done' for a man to be seen leaving the pub with a woman. As we were a group of all women (except Per who was cycling around Lorna), we naturally scoffed at the idea!
We quickly found ourselves surrounded by typical Scandinavian houses in soft pastel colours in quaint old streets.
We walked via Bangs Boder, Overstraede, crossed at Overgade towards Paaskergade (Easter street).
Starting from HC Andersen hotel, we walked about an hour with a guide through the old part of Odense. There are many sculpures on the streets in Odense. Of course there's Andersen himself but also sculptures that were inspired by his stories.
Don't be alarmed if you see a giraffe's neck in the city centre. It has not escaped from the zoo, but is the very tall chimney of local Albani breweries. These days owned by Royal Unibrew, Denmark's second largest brewery (I bet you can guess the first...) I had the pleasure of visiting it on a study tour as you can see in the other photos :) Not my favourite beer by any means (I've lived in Belgium and have family in Germany...) it is pleasant enough and is what you will be served in most Odense bars.
The Flower Festival is held in Odense every year, sometime in August. Various clubs, associations and individual competitors display their flower arrangements in the streets of Odense. This year's was devoted to H.C. Andersen's fairy tales to celebrate his 200th birthday. The exhibits, some of them really ingenious, were displayed all over the old part of the town so you will see them in many of my tips. The festival was combined with a stage performance in the city main square. It sounded like story-telling to the sounds of music but of course, not knowing Danish, I can't be sure.