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Odense trip

The largest city on the Island of Funen, and its somewhat unofficial capital, is actually Denmark’s third-largest city, and it’s a very interesting travel experience to anyone setting foot there.

The city has been around for a thousand years and besides being an all-around cheerful place, very welcoming to those who prefer to cycle and walk, its main claim to fame is that it’s the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, and this means that the city has quite a few Andersen-related attractions. It should be noted though that while the city celebrates its most well-known inhabitant, Andersen himself left the city after his poverty-stricken childhood there.

The city itself is cloaked in an air of culture and art, the aforementioned Andersen-related attractions range from museum dedicated to him, to sculptures inspired by his stories, as well as public art such as public benches featuring monsters’ claws for legs and such. The Hans Christian Andersen Museum and Hans Christian Andersen’s Garden are those that have to be seen.

There’s also a large concentration of galleries and museums to enjoy, alongside the impressive cathedral which features a saint’s bones in its basement, a very colorful Flower Festival if you happen to visit during mid-August, as well as a very vibrant cafe culture, just mentioning a few of the main attractions and things to see while here, rest assured that there are many more.

The name of the city, Odense, means ‘Odin’s shrine’ and it sure seems like the place was blessed by the Nordic got of war, poetry and wisdom.

It’s interesting to note that even though it had no harbor, it was the country’s largest provincial town by the middle of the 18th century when it was linked to the sea via a large canal, and it only grew in importance from then onward.

Nowadays the city acts as the island’s de facto capital, being very easy to reach through a variety of means it makes itself available to all who wish to visit here, regardless of where they’re coming from.

 

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