Fairy tales.....Did you read them as a child or had them read to you?
I did both, and I remember how sad the story of the "The Ugly Duckling" made me. This fairy tale, and many others were the work of Hans Christian Andersen. He was born in Odense, Denmark, in 1805. When he was 14, Anderson came to Copenhagen to make his name.
In rememberance of this famous writer, is a very large statue of him, much, much bigger than I expected!
The statue is near Town Hall square, and shows Andersen, dressed in his 18th century clothes of opera hat, long coat and walking stick. Everybody wants their photo taken with him, so be prepared to wait!
There is something about Ivy on a building that I like. To me, the ivy put the finishing touch to the Renaissance styled, Christian IV's Brewhouse.
The Brew House has quite a history.
Built in 1608, this building wasn't built for brewing Beer, but constructed for military purposes as a corner bastion, part of Christian IV's fortification of the city. Fire devastated the building many times, it became a Brewery, then later used for military purposes, before becoming a Brewery again.
Quite a life, and I think it is empty now.
It is a style of building we don't see in Australia, one I thought was so nice, especially as it overlooked the Canal.
Copenhagen's beloved son an acclaimed story teller,writer and composer who delighted both children and adults alike with his fantastic tales.Born in Odense,Denmark and moved to Copenhagen in his teen years.His most memorable works include:The Little Mermaid,The Ugly Duckling,Princess and the Pea and The Emperors New Clothes.
Born 2nd April 1805 and Died August 4th 1875 aged 70.
There are many statues of this famous Danish storyteller around the world.
After his death in 1875, a statue was erected in Town hall square, Copenhagen. The statue had been commissioned shortly before his death as recognition of his great works.
The statue of “the little mermaid” which stands in the harbour is also placed there in his honour.
All around Copenhagen you will find these footsteps on the pavement and might wonder what they are. They are Hans Christian Andersen's footsteps. H.C Andersen (b. 1805 - d. 1874) was a writer, possibly most famous for writing The Little Mermaid (although the literary version differs significantly from the Disney version). He also wrote other children's fairy tales like: Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea, The Red Shoes and The Emperor's New Clothes.
There are 2000 of these footsteps all around Copenhagen showing 70 places that were important to Andersen in his daily life. At these stops there are signs that tell you how this certain place was significant in Andersen's life and a glimpse of Copenhagen in the 19th Century as well.
The signs are written in Danish and English, and you can do this walk in your own time and at your own pace. I did not follow all 2000 footsteps, but I went over quite a few and read some of the signs and found it to be a great idea, it is both imaginative and insightful.
This museum and the Ripley's Believe It Or Not are next to each other. My granddaughter wanted to go to the Hans Christian Andersen museum and Ripley's. I agreed to Hans' museum, so we went to that. They gave us coins which we put into a turnstile to enter (photo 4). It had a lot of dioramas with illustration of various tales - not just the Little Mermaid but the Little Match Girl, The Tin Soldier etc., and was kind of interesting. I don't remember exactly what we paid and the website price list is very fuzzy and hard to read, but I think that my granddaughter paid 5.4 DK and I paid 6.7 DK
September to mid June
Every Day 10.00 - 18.00
Friday and Saturday 10.00 - 20.00
Mid June to August
Every Day 10.00 - 22.00
There are four museums which have various combination tickets with this museum. In addition to Ripleys they are the The Mystic Exploratorie and Guinness World Records
Denmark's best-known fairy tale spinner is Hans Christian Andersen, the tales of whom have been the favorite of many children and belong to the treasure of the world literature. His birthday the 2nd April, is acknowledged as the International Children's Book Day.
In total he wrote 174 tales, 156 of them were published during his lifetime. "The Little Mermaid", "The Real Princess", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Little Match Girl" are certainly among the most beautiful fairy tales of the world.
However, the storyteller was not only humorous and very hearty, but rather scrupulous man, as well. In his baggage, which also is exhibited in Andersen Museum, in Odense, there was always a rope, which he took with himself, in order to be able to escape from his room, if the hotel bursts into flames.
In those times no Dan traveled so much and far, than this successful storyteller, books of whom were translated into 80 languages. But he always returned into his homeland, where he lived in the same manner, as his compatriots lived. At home, on the island of Fyn he found all that, which he missed in the world,: the calmness, the safety and the spacious country.
His statue has been placed on Radhuspladsen.
If you were to hold a poll for the most famous Dane of all time, in the english speaking world at least it would be a toss-up between Sandi Toksvig and Hans Christian Anderson.
His much celebrated tales still inspire books, cartoons and films to the present day. I also guess the shmaltzy musical from the Hollywood 50's did his popularity no harm either. I watched the film again recently, and noticed that when Hans is in prison he can talk to a small pretting girl standing just a couple of feet from his prison window - strange indeed !
Copenhagen does trade on it's association, but it doesn't do it an an overbearing way, milking it for all it is worth. I did however notice the following Anderson related points of interest :
1) The 'Welcome to wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen' sigTheren at the airport
2) The little mermaid statue (obviously)
3) The Statue to the main on the main square
4) The theme park ride in the Tivoli Gardens
5) The section of the IIIium department store dedicated to him
6) An 'museum type' attraction next to Ripley believe it or not, just off the main square.
There are probably other related sites, but this should enough for you to be going on with.
I’m Hans Christian Andersen,
I’ve many a tale to tell
And though I’m a cobbler,
I’d say I tell them rather well
I’ll mend your shoes and I’ll fix your boot
when I have a moment free
when I’m not otherwise occupied
as a purple duck, or a mountain side,
or a quarter after three
I’m Hans Christian Andersen,
Andersen, that’s me!
Beloved children's author of wonderful stories such as The Tin Soldier, The Snow Queen and of course The Little Mermaid. Hans was born in 1805 and died in 1875.
He is sitted next to the Townhall. Just about to read a book while he glances to Tiboli. He deserves a visit! and also read some of his tales: full of colours, light and sun!