Møntergården is a part of the Odense City Museum and it was built into an interesting old, halftimbered building in the centre of the old part of Odense. I did not go inside, but walked around this great building in order to make some photos of its great architecture.
I will show some extra photos as well in the travelogues !
Møntergården in 5000 Odense C / Overgade 48 is open for visitors:
Tuesday till Sunday, 10.00am - 04.00pm
Adults pay 40 DKK
Den gamle Kro means "the old Inn" in danish and it is the oldest inn in Odense, dating back to the year 1683. It has a great halftimbered facade and an interesting interior with many antique exhibits and it is also a great restaurant, not really cheap but a place with a lot of atmosphere and excellent food seved there.
Overstraede is one of the tiny sideroads, filled with the extra-small buildings, that look like beeing built for one of the farietales of H.C.Andersen. You will find this street in a distance of maybe 100 meters from the Radisson Hotel and the birth-house of H.C.Andersen.
There are cobbled stones as the pavement in the street, it is great to look at, but hard to walk over it!
Flakhaven is the name of a large sculpture made by Robert Jacobsen in 1988 and you will find it in the middle of St. Knudts-plads, opposite of the townhall and the cathedral. Just a few meters from Flakhaven there is also the sculpture of Oceania - see some pics of it in another tip here above !
Oceania is the name of this quite strange beauty, a sculpture where tourists will quite often ask themselves whether this is a woman or rather a man? At least the children love to slide down that sculpture, made in 1992 by Svend Wiig Hansen (born 1922)
The sculpture is a donation by Asea Braun Boveri S/A and you will find it in the middle of Knudsplads, opposite of the townhall and not far from the cathedral of Odense.
Tranakaer Slot / Tranekaer Palace is a lovely palace on the island Langeland, in a distance of about 45 km from Odense. That palace dates back to the year 1200 and some of the walls are 3 meters thick. You may not enter the palace itself, but take a walk around it in a park see an interesting museum closeby. There is also a restaurant with an interesting interior, because that restaurant was built inside of the old horse-stables.
Outside of the village of Tranekaer you may also see a nice windmill, still fully functional and open for tourists.
Unfortunately I cannot find my new pics of Tranekaer and may show you just this old one of 1964, it is scanned from a Super-8-film my father had made.
The 'Funen Art Museum' - Fyns Kunstmuseum in danish, is one of the largest and oldest art museums in Denmark outside of the capital of Copenhagen.
The museum is located right in the center of the city, at:
5000 Odense C
Only a few minutes walk from the city hall or the trainstation.
The museum is closed on Mondays.
Adults price: 30 Dkr.
Children price: 15 Dkr.
To read more about the museum or some of the other museums in Odense, please visit the following website...
Vollsmose is perhaps the best know part of Odense nationwide. Unfortunately much of the media attention has been negative and focusing on violent episodes in the area.
In my view Vollsmose however is much more than is portrayed in the news. With plus 70 nationalities living in a relatively small area, Vollsmose is also the part of town which is most alive. Especially the large number of different immigrants and the large number of young people contribute to Vollsmose having a different feel than the rest of town.
Bagenkop is a small village in a distance of about 40 km south-east of Odense, at the south-end of the island Langeland. One of the cousins of my mother was living there, and she had invited us to spend some time there in 1964. In the year 2000 I returned there and I think that Bagenkop might also be an interesting place to go for ordinary tourists, who care for lovely landscapes and a quiet vacation.
My favorite building was the church, where you may also see a sailing-boat hanging down from the ceiling, in order to get a safe return of the fishermen of Bagenkop. The husband of our relative was one of them, beeing out on the open sea fishing for several weeks, so we actually never met him.
It seems the clergy do not like people to come close to the remains of King Knud or make photo's. An amusing story is told here.
I did not make a photo of the remains of King Knud but you can find a photo here.
I had to search quite a bit for some more info on the main organ in St. Knud's church.
The organ has 56 stops and was rebuilt in 1965 by the organ builder Marcussen.
I found the following text on the internet:
I 1750erne fik Skt. Knuds Kirke sit store orgel, hvis rokokofacade er bevaret, mens orgelværket er ombygget flere gange. Det er et arbejde af orgelbygger Amdi Worm.
What I can make of this is that it has a roccoco facade and that it was probably built by Amdi Worm? (Danish friends, help me out here, please!).
My interest in organs is usually not very technical. I used to play church organ and was happy to hear it play when I visited the church.
This altarpiece was finished just before The Reformation in 1521 and was made by one Claus Berg, commissioned by the then reigning queen. In 1881 it came to St. Knud's church and is covered in 23 krt. gold leaf.
It is a showcase of medieval theological composition with of course a Catholic origin. Christ on the cross, Mary and the infant, teh Tree of Life from where more biblical scenes are depicted. Also the figures of two Danish kings and their queens.
First thing that strikes you inside the church is the high, white interior. The Bishop of Odense began converting the church (the original one was burned down in 1247) to its present day Gothic splendour.
The second thing that strikes you is the raised altar, unusual for its significant height.
One of the most beautiful examples of gothic architecture in Denmark must be St. Knud's Church. Saint Knud was a king of Denmark who was killed in 1086 AC. ANd was canonized already in 1101 AC. His remains are still in the church's crypt.
This and the following tips will each contain several photos.
To be honest, it didn't look very remarkable on the outside. Just a church, built out of red bricks.
Opening hours are 10-16 hrs on weekdays and 12-16 hrs Sundays.
Entrance is free.
About 13 km west from the Center of Odense you will find Langesø forest. This is one of the only forests on Fyn and it includes a nice lake, a small Manor still inhabited by a count and different seasondependent activities.
In the spring and summer you can play golf i at a small golf course on the south side of the lake. In the fall you will see a lot of people walking the forest and collection eatable mushrooms. Finally when its chrismastime there biggest chrismastree sale on Fyn is held in front of the count's manor.