Visiting Hans Christian Anderson in Odense, Denmark

During my recent visit to Denmark, I wanted to see some places outside of Copenhagen. My options were a bit restricted without a car, and trains were my only option. I decided on Odense, Denmark's third largest city, 165 km away from the capital and 1.5 hours away by train. Perfect, except when I got to the station, my train ticket cost me over USD80! Ouch!
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THE MOST FAMOUS SON OF ODENSE

Have you heard of the fairy tales The Emporer New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, The Pricess and the Pea, The Snow Queen etc? These are all written by Hans Christain Anderson who was born in Odense in 1805. Everyone must have heard of at least one of them even if you didn't realise it was written by him. This was part of the reason why I chose to visit Odense as his fairy tales are so well known around the world.
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Hans Christian Anderson and his works is immortalised all over Odense in museums, sculptures and statues. If you love reading his fairy tales, you can do a walk around the city and spot the sculptures from his famous fairy tales. I came across quite a few of them.

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The Flying TrunkHans Christain Anderson lived near this square
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HC ANDERSON HOUSE

As I was walking around town, I stumbled upon this very stylish looking building. I wasn't sure what it was and wandered further around the complex as I love these unusual looking structures.
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There are a series of slanted round-top buildings, and walkways that curved slightly taking visitors around urban gardens and up to a central courtyard. Once you get to the top, you can take another path and walk back down. It was a very lovely walk. I wonder what this place is?
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I Googled my location and found out that I was at the HC Anderson House and it had only just opened in June 2021! This isn't a museum about Anderson, but his works. It's a place to spatialize the experience of Andersen’s literary universe and stage a complete artistic experience in which architecture, sound, light and a stream of images constantly create new encounters between each visitor and Andersen’s fairytales. Source. In other words, it takes visitors on a journey to experience his fairy tales. That sounded interesting.

The entrance fee was 165DKK which was about US$22. Since I'd already spent a lot on my train ticket already and was a bit bruised by it, I decided not to fork out more to the museum. To be fair, the fee covered access to a couple of other museums as well, perhaps it's not a bad deal if one plans to spend more time in Odense.

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HC ANDERSON QUARTER

Hans Christain Anderson was born in the area outside where the HC Anderson House is located. In fact, it is believed that he was born in the house on the right in the image below.
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It's such a delight that such a pretty area hardly has any tourists around. That's got to be one of the biggest benefits of travelling in the European post Covid era, since some of the major tourist output countries are still under their stupid zero covid lockdown policy. Now I can wander around leisurely without anyone photo-bombing me, and admire the pretty houses on the cobblestone street in peace and quiet. If only travelling was always so pleasnt, I'd be on the roll.
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Apart from HC Anderson, I found Odense quite a pleasant and interesting city. It isn't a major city like Copenhagen and lacks the cosmopolitan side, yet I still enjoyed my trip here and found enough to do during the day. I could probably show you tons more photos of places I went, but I don't want to turn this into a photo post. Next time maybe.

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Really like those little houses. I always loved Andersons fairytales but honestly I thought he lived in the early 20th century, have to read something about his life I guess :-)

Do you know "the little match girl"? Its one if my favorites by him.

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Oh, that's such a sad story, but beautiful in a way as the little match girl died so happily and went to a much better world

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Well, the new museum is fairly interesting the way they have done it!
You get a headset on and when you get close to some of his works, they will tell the story about the fairytail! :D

Quite innovative! :D

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I read about how it's interactive and sounded very interesting. Maybe if I go back again and spend more time in Odense it would be worth going there and all the other museums. However, just walking around the outside was very nice this time.

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Yes! Its an interest way of doing it :D

If you are here next time, let me know, so I might get you a better ticket price :p

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I wish I knew you before I got me train ticket!!! I went to Malmo afterwards to visit a friend, and she told me to download the app, it got me 10% off the train fare!!!!

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Wow, I remember the princess and the pea story, I did saw Anderson was the author but I never knew him that much. It's so good to learn more about him.

Oh my! That place is just so beautiful, it looks like wonderland, hehe, I love the views, you area good photography, was it taken with a phone or a digital camera? I wonder 🤔.

It's a good thing the streets were quiet and without much tourist, it sure must have really been very nice.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, I hope to see the next one if there will be any.

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The Princess and the Pea is a fun story, and it's good how there is always a deeper message in his story that can be easily taught to children.

It's not difficult to good photos nowadays, even with a normal mobile phone which is what I used, especially when places are charming itself, it does all the work for the photographer! Glad you enjoyed the tour

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You're right, his stories are just so amazing to tell our little ones, hehe.

I totally agree with, but you are still good with it though.

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@livinguktaiwan I also took a walk through your photos, very beautiful. I love the view of the driveways and their houses. And indeed I read a lot of his stories, by such a prestigious writer.

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The houses in the area go back a long time and it's great that they are still preserved so well and occupied by people. Which is your favourite family tale by HC Anderson?

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@livinguktaiwan Hello, I used to read them to my son when he was little, to sleep The Ugly Duckling, Tin Soldier among others.

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Wow, I didn't know this man wrote all these stories. These are my favorite stories from my childhood. I owe it a visit. I hope I can make it happen.

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It's funny how things connect in life, you have all this knowledge from different places, and suddenly it all comes together, and 1 + 1 = 3.

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Interesting place, and lovely photos 😍
Really post covid and the empty places are also my favourite thing about being a tourist

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Have to make the most of this period to travel before it gets all busy again

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Oh, wow, the cobblestone streets look amazing, it's like a tale :))
Oops, 80$ for the train ticket? Indeed, a bit expensive.

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I don't know if it's because I bought it on the spot, and perhaps if I booked in advance or via the app maybe it would have been cheaper. And that's x2 for the two of us 😖 Anyway, that's always the problems tourist have to fact if they don't do their homework (note to self in future)

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What a cool little city. The houses and the roads are almost dream like to an American. I bet there are no skateboarders in that city lol. Nice shoes btw.

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I don't think the residents will be too chuffed if the skateboarders hang around outside their house!

Nice shoes btw.

Your's ain't bad either, not as bright as my Converse though! 😄

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Ah, but you see the skateboarders can't skate because of all the cobblestones!

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Good point, it wouldn't be cool at all if they had skate like how I probably would, using one foot on the ground to push myself along all the time (not that I had ever skated before)

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What a beautiful visit @livinguktaiwan 😊 I knew about him and the stories 😎 so cool you saw some sculptures and ended unknowingly up at the HCA house… what a stunning architecture.
Beautiful.
It must have been fun walking around with no tourists. Very cool.
Yes, having no car on your travels does restrict. But you can end up in amazing places too. 😉
Thank you so much for sharing your travels.
Have a great new week! 👋🏻😊

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Despite the high train fare, it was a very nice journey, we went over bridge which I was very much looking forward to, and that didn't disappoint. Overall, I'd say it was a very enjoyable day out!

Have a great week ahead yourself!

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That’s good to hear that the journey was nice. (Despite the cost)
It sure looked like a great day.
Thank you kindly @livinguktaiwan 😊
Happy Halloween 🎃

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It is a beautiful city and looks really cool. If I have the nice place like that, I will walk every day.

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Thanks @sreypov, I didn't really know what to expect from Odense, so was very pleased that the day turned out really nice

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The HC Anderson House looks beautiful and the streets around the place are very clean and tidy. So refreshing to see a place devoid of tourists 😊👍🏼

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I was pleasantly surprised to wander into this part of town as I hadn't planned where I would be going. Luckily I don't mind walking, and looks like it paid off this time

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I hadn't planned where I would be going.

Sometimes it's good to just go with the flow. That way you explore the place organically and find little gems like this. 📷😘

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Wow this look like a great city. Love the cobblestone streets and colorful buildings. Nice to be there with hardly anyone else around too!

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To be fair, there were a few people, it wasn't absolutely deserted, but they were far and sparse and I only had to wait a few seconds for them to get out of view

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Looks like a beautiful city for sure, one thing that I was interested in was that there wasn't a whole lot of people mulling about? Those streets looked pretty empty sadly!

I've heard the name and know the plays but didn't do a lot of research on who the person was but that's really cool to get to experience some history like that. Those are my favorite types of trips! Getting to see the area where someone group up that is well known like that is cool, even if the city has changed quite a bit since he was alive.

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The thing I love about many places in Europe is how well preserved the buildings are if they weren't destroyed by the war. It feels like walking in another world especially when there are no other tourists around, and in a way sad, that such a pretty place is not loved by people. Mixed emotions I think, sad that there's no one around but happy that I've got the whole place to myself!

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Yeah that’s true. The war and any wars tend to destroy the beauty of places. Iraq has had a lot of the beauty destroyed in it and there was something historical recently within the past few years that I think was thousands of years old that was destroyed by extremists. Fucking assholes! When we were in Italy, it definitely felt like you were walking back in time when you walk around the city of Siena. It’s been the same design in the city proper since 1400! Crazy lol

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Afhaghanistan had a lot blown up in recent years as well, I remember watching the news when they blew up the 6th Bamiyan Buddha 20 years ago, bastards!

Siena is very nice, especially when they have the Palio on, my friend who was living there a few years ago says it's an amazing experience, sadly I've never had a chance to attend.

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what a remarkable visit! He must have been valued a lot by his people.
His works are great and was really immortalized

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Such a great story teller, and he surely is valued by his home town, and no doubt many those who have read his fairy tales

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I loved the Anderson neighborhood of Odense city. As if it had been specially designed, the houses, roads and the shape of the stones on the roads reminded me of paving stones. Even the colors of the houses reveal the glow of the neighborhood. Thanks to you, we discover more or less cultures, lifestyles and places to visit. The Netherlands is one of the countries I want to visit. The land of freedom... Thank you very much for showing us this beautiful Odense City.

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It's certainly very nice how they have painted the house in different colours, make the street looks so pretty and not boring at all.

By the way, Odense is in Denmark not Netherlands 😉

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Denmark is one of the countries I want to see. But I don't know which city to start with. I think it's time to add Odense to the top of my Denmark travel list.

The museum looks very nice. I'm sure it's the town's most meaningful structure. I hope you will try to spare enough money to visit this beautiful museum next time.

Thanks for the article full of stories from the main storyteller's town. :)

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Some of the images that friends share are indeed very interesting, And I really like these pictures both in terms of the buildings or the color of the sky that was so bright that day. How are you friends. On this occasion, I hope you are always in good health and can participate in activities smoothly.

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What a great journey and such beautiful photos! Well, I completely agree that Hans Christian Andersen was a legend of fairy tales and I pretty much guess that everyone knows one. Thank you for taking us with you on this journey!
!PIZZA

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while other photos the city looks like a old town this photo actually makes it look like a futuristic one

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Oh, you made it to Denmark! I did not know which city Hans Andersen was from, so you have picked a good place to explore. Love his tales! And the city looks like something you see in his books.

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It's a wonderful and peaceful place. Nice photos of you. I am sure you had a great time though it's a bit expensive but it's worth it. you've had fun!

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Lovely, I remember all those fairy tails. Now I understand where he got his inspiration as Odense is a pretty place. I have never been to Odense so thanks for this. I liked those curved building - I noticed there is also an underground area. I would love to visit it one day. I love that the city honour him so much even putting his face on the pothole cover. Fun sneakers.

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