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ABOUT Odense

Population: 173 000 (metro 196 000)
Country: Denmark
Tallest building: Albani Church
Region: Funen
Founded year (city rights): 1355
Area: 304 km²
Year visited: 2014


Odense, named after the viking god Odin, is Denmark's 3rd largest city and known as HC Andersens birthtown. It is situated on the island of Funen (Fyn), about 1.5 hours by train from Copenhagen. Odense flourished in the middle ages, since it was rebuilt after it was burnt down in 1249. Royalties have lived there, it is a historically important city so you will find many interesting buildings and architecture, both large and small scale -especially churches and museums. Latter years, Odense have been known as one of the Denmark's most multicultural cities. The port of the city, Odense Havn, is Denmark's only canal harbour. Odense used to have Europe's 2nd largest tower, the 175m tall Odinstårnet, but it was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II and still haven't been rebuilt.

MY EXPERIENCE

Why head for Copenhagen a 1500th time? I tried Odense instead, a bit further away and more expensive (train ticket), but worth it. Odense is a nice city, modern but still with many charming old typical Danish houses. I visited the HC Andersen museum, the Möntergården old houses and the Railway museum. (Composer Carl Nielsen is also from Odens, and there is a museum about him here). Unfortunately the skies were grey most of the time during my visit, it even rained a bit, but in the late afternoon the sun appeared.







Railway station























Vestergade, the main pedestrian street.
 

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TOWN HALL SQUARE:


Odense Domkirke (Cathedral), HC Andersen's confirmation church






Odense Domkirke (Cathedral)


Sct Albani Kirke








Sct Albani Kirke
 

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Thanks! :cheers:

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HC Andersen Museum (suggested birthplace):









The area around the museum has very small old buildings. It was charming but a bit empty, most people tend to stay in the newer part of the city center:








Sortebrodre Torv, where HC Andersen visited free theaters.






Graphic workshop that I visited.
 

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Skt Hans Kirke, HC Andersen's baptist church



OVERGADE:









MØNTERGÅRDEN:
Historic buildings in central Odense











 

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Thanks! :cheers:

More pictures:

HC Andersen Museum (suggested birthplace):

Great photos, thanks for posting. Just one correction, Hans Christian Andersen was definitely not born in the house above, though he lived there for most of his childhood. He was born in a house in Munkemøllestræde which is also now a (much smaller and less known) museum.

 

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^^Thanks! :cheers:

Are you sure about that? Cause accodiring to the info in the museum it wasn't 100% true, but most people in the neighourhood suggested that the yellow (the large museum) was the birthplace. And I tried to Google "HC Andersens birthplace" and it came up a lot of photos of the yellow building only. May be a common misunderstanding?

I know about the other museum (the white) but I didn't visit it unfortunately.
 

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KONGENSGADE:


Kongensgade (King's Street), one of the main pedestrian streets. It is situated between Vestergade and Kongens Have.




Kongens Gade, painting on the street.


Granite sculptures at the end of Kongens Gade, where it meets the main road Østre Stationsvej.

NØRREGADE:


Nørregade is a winding street, situated between the Central station and Albani torv.




Sankt Hans Kirke is the old church were HC Anderesen was baptized.


Odense has significant white and lime green buses.






Odense Film Festival was taking place during my visit.

http://www.worldtravelimages.net/Odense.html
 
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