A visit to the fairytale town of Odense in Denmark

Published on 21st May 2012 by Shing Yoong in Denmark

Cobbled stone streets, a myriad of remote castles, and a lavish Gothic cathedral provide the landscape for Denmark's third largest city. A visit to Odense is as enchanting as the stories written by its most famous citizen, Hans Christian Andersen.

Writers, children and adults chasing the nostalgia of youth come to Odense to explore the mysterious landscape which inspired such fairy-tales as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina and The Ugly Duckling. His life has been immortalised in the H. C. Andersen museum which provides visitors with valuable information on the writer's acquaintances, love life, artistic career and his many journeys.

The narrow walkways, cobbled streets, and secret passageways make Odense a wonderful place to explore by foot. Filled with beautiful gardens and intricate architecture, the city resides perfectly inside a picture frame. Skt Knuds Domkirke is one of the finest examples of Gothic churches in Denmark, with an interior that elaborately expresses hand-carved biblical scenes, and a large alter made from 23-carat gold, making it more than worthwhile to go inside.

The city offers a strong array of art museums; from the Romantic era to postmodernism there is something to be enjoyed for all aesthetic tastes. In the evening you do not have to go far to satisfy any hunger pangs, as most of Odense's culinary venues are competitively located in the heart of the city. After dinner, more entertainment can be sort in a variety of fabulous ways; from opera concerts in the Banquet Hall, to romantic strolls under the cover of dimly lit streets.

Suzel from Taber Holidays stayed in the very comfortable Hotel City Odense which also offers wonderful opening air dining at their restaurant Den Gamle Kro. If you would like to journey through the pages of your childhood, or let your whole family be part of a Danish fairytale then take a look at our Copenhagen, Odense and Århus holidays.

Blog Author: Shing Yoong