The Danes celebrate the Little Mermaid’s birthday on August 23. In 1837 H.C. Andersen wrote a fairy tale about a daughter of the sea king, who was in love with a prince. Later, Carl Jacobsen (the founder of a world-famous beer brewery and a generous patron), saw the ballet based on the motifs of this fairy tale and had the idea to present Copenhagen a statue of the courageous heroine. He ordered it to sculptor Edward Eriksen, and in 1913, the Little Mermaid, with the height of 1 m 25 cm, was placed on a granite stone on the sea coast.
Distance to Copenhagen: 163 km
Population: app. 180 000 people with suburbs at the end of 2011
Town fact file: Odense is one of the oldest cities in Scandinavia, the main center of shipbuilding in Denmark, the capital of the island of Funen and the third largest city in the country. The town stands on the river and is located near the fjord Odense.
Odense (translated as "the sanctuary of Odin") - one of the oldest cities in Denmark, which celebrated its millennium in 1988. Odense is a city - park with spacious streets, small houses with ancient as well modern architecture. Above the Great Belt strait (Store Belt) routed the great bridge seven kilometers length, built in 1997. It is the world's second longest suspension bridge, which replaced ferry service between the islands of Zealand and Funen.
Location: the island of Funen (Fyn), to the west of Copenhagen:
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Main city sights: here and there on Odenses streets scattered 18 sculptures on Andersen's fairy tales.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
The Emperor's new clothes
The ststue of Hans Christian Andersen
Danish Railway Museum
Here you will find a collection of locomotives and rolling stock of the XIX century in the area of 10 000 square meters. A unique collection will be interesting both for parents and their children - you can see the famous Orient Express, or take a ride on a tiny train. Opening hours daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission fee: adults - 60 DKK, for children 5 to 13 years old - 25 DKK, up to 5 years - free of charge.
In the 4 acres of land on both sides of the river is located Odense Zoo is one of the most visited sites in Denmark, because here you can find animals from around the world. Odense ZOO is located on both sides of the river and takes the area of 4 acres of land. Openinng hours: all days of the week from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission fee: 55 DKK for children and 110 DKK for adults.
Brandt's Textile Factory
Brandt's Textile Factory represents the artistic and cultural center of Odense. Here you will find 2 museums: Danish Museum of mass MEDIA and Photography museum. Opening hours: Tue. - Sun. from 10 am till 5 pm. Admission fee: adults - 8 DKK, children under 18 years old - free of charge.
You can also take a boat trip on the river
Hans Christian Andersen Museum
Here you will learn all about famous fairytale writer. It is a story of how the son of a poor shoemaker developed into a famous and respected man. All the stages of his life - the school, the first written work, writing career, old age and death are explained in this museum.
Besides, the exhibition is devoted to Andersens friends, acting career and travels. Opening hours: Tue. - Sun. from 10 am till 4 pm. Admission fee: adults - 60 DKK, up to 17 years old - free of charge.
Cathedral of St. Canute
It is a huge Gothic structure, built in the 18th century, and is one of the main cathedrals of the country. Open to the public seven days a week, absolutely free of charge from 9 am till 4 pm.
Danish open-air museum includes about 25 buildings, recreating a typical Danish village from the 18th and 19th centuries. Here you will meet a smithy, a shoe shop, a water mill, a merchant's house and the houses of the workers, village school, prison building, pond with ducks and cobblestone streets. Opening hours: Tue. - Sun. from 10 am till 5 pm. Free admission.
Egeskov Castle (Egeskov Slot), located 32 km south of Odense and is a real Renaissance monument, built in 1554. The castle lies on the area of 2.5 square kilometers and you may easily spend the whole day here.
Today the castle is a museum. Because of the "war barons" (Grevens fejde) in 1534-1536, and reguloar riots among the local population the majority of the Danish nobility chose to live in fortified castles. Egeskov castle is a good example of such a fortified castle and was built on oak piles in the middle of a small lake with a maximum depth of 5 meters. According to the legend, people had to cut down an oak forest to build this castle, hence the name "Egeskov" means "oak forest". Opening hours: every day from 10 am till 5 pm. Admission fee to the castle and the park is 180 - 210 DKK per person. The ticket is valid until the end of the year.
Go cars - karting
Opening hours: Mon. - Sat. from 5 pm till 9 pm, Sunday from 2 pm till 7 pm. There are many prices and they are various. For example: 4 rides with 5 participants, so-called Grand Prix - 269 DKK per person.
The Tower of Odin (Odinstårnet) - built in 1935, was the second highest tower in Europe after the Eiffel Tower. Group of danish Nazis blew this tower in 1944, after which the tower was not reconstructed.
Town photo gallery:
More information about Herning: official city website.