Visit Odense - Where to go in Odense and
Visit Odense - Where to go in Odense and What to see
In Hans Christian Andersen s footsteps.
Hans Christian Andersen s hometown, Odense has changed much since Hans Christian Andersen was a child. But there is preserved buildings and areasin the city that still looks like they did when the poet Hans Christian Andersen entered its infancy here . Around the Odense city, see the sidewalk thirteen square granite stone that marks the places associated with Hans Christian Andersen. The stones are decorated with Hans Christian Andersen clips
solhovedet. On the map of the Odense city are the places marked and linked to a small town historical footsteps - all in Hans Christian Andersen s spirit.
Read much more about the world famous Danish poet Hans Christian Andersen from Odense
Culture, shopping and fun in Odense
Odense is the third-largest city in
Denmark and boasts some of the greatest cultural attractions on the
island of Fyn. Odense is perhaps best known as the city where Hans
Christian Andersen was born and grew up. He certainly made his mark
on his home town, as Odense is still devoted to creative
experiences with a difference – to play is to live.
Odense is a charming shopping city
Odense has all the charm and attraction of a small town, combined
with a dash of big-city pulse. Odense has a wide and diverse
shopping environment The everyday shops line the
pedestrian streets, while the small side streets and alleys are
home to tempting specialist shops with international labels and
leading Danish Design brands. This is also where you will find the
relaxing café lifestyle with its charming al fresco ambience.
The island of Fyn is known as “the
Garden of Denmark” on account of its fertile soil. This gives rise
to a wealth of seasonal produce and specialities, which you can
enjoy in Odense’s numerous and varied cafés and restaurants.
Culture and music
Brandts Klædefabrik is the cultural centre of Odense, located in
the heart of the city. This cultural gem has a very special
atmosphere made up of shops, cafés, restaurants, a cinema, a
library and art museums side by side in one large creative setting.
Brandts houses attractions such as the Art Gallery, which is one of
the largest exhibition venues in Scandinavia, regularly hosting
collections of paintings, applied art, design, architecture and
video art. During the AAL conference, you can, for example, visit
the exhibitions “Wild Things" and “Changing Denmark".
Odense has a large number of music
venues that host performances of Danish and international music.
For example, you can listen to The Mother Truckers playing southern
rock at Musikhuset Posten on Wednesday, 15 September, or entertaining
blues at Dexter
on Friday, 17 September.
Visit Odense by night
Close to Dexter stands Den Smagløse Café – the perfect place to
kick-start your evening before continuing into the night. The nightlife in Odense is magnificent and
principally centred around Gråbrødre Plads and Brandts Passage.
Green settings in the city
Odense Å river cuts through the city like a green passageway. The
river is lined with peaceful nature areas where children can burn
off some energy on the playgrounds. It is a tranquil oasis close to
the cultural attractions and pedestrian streets of Odense. Local
residents themselves prefer to relax in Eventyrhaven park.
Wonderful delights for children
If you bring your children with you
to Odense, you can be sure of returning home with a wealth of new
knowledge. For example, you can learn about animals from all over
the world at Odense Zoo, Denmark in ages past at The Fyn Village or the life of a train driver at
The Danish Railway Museum. Odense’s traditions for fun
and games date back to the time of Hans Christian Andersen, a
figure you can find out about at the Hans Christian Andersen’s House museum or at
the Tinderbox Culture Centre for Children.
Welcome to Sanderumgaard And the romantic gardens
Sanderumgaard is manor house located southeast of Odense close to the village of Davinde, with the estate in both Odense and Kerteminde municipality.
Sanderumgaard is renowned for its romantic gardens, landscaped in the period 1793-1828. After a major renovation, the old 37 acre gardens will be opening to the public in May, 2010
In addition to a garden visit, now parties, societies and groups will not only be able to view the rose and kitchen garden but also enjoy the café and gift shop located in the grand old stables.
The history of the estate goes back to the 14th century, where Odense Fjord at that time reached this area. A large part of the farmland is therefore old drained fiord sediment, and it is generally thought
That is how the name Sanderumgaard came about.
The estate has over the year’s been through several owners. In 1828 the family Vind bought Sanderumgaard, and it is the present owner’s great-grandfather who, between1870-80, built the manor house, stables and farm buildings after drawings by architect H.J. Holm.
Erik Vind took over the estate in 1975 and lives here today with his wife Susanne and their 3 children.
The farming is traditional with grain, vegetables and forestry, on 900 hectares of land.
Sanderumgaard is known for the romantic garden established between 1793–1828.
The 15 hectares garden opened to the public in may 2010, after a grand scale renovation.
The garden is open from 1st May – 30th September between 11am and 5pm.
Welcome to the Cathedral of Odense
The Church is open every day:
April-Oktober at 10-17
November-March at 10-16
St. Canute's Cathedral (Danish: Odense Domkirke or Sct. Knuds Kirke), also known as Odense Cathedral, is named after the Danish king Canute the Saint (Danish: Knud den Hellige), otherwise Canute IV. It is a fine example of Brick Gothic architecture. The church's most visited section is the crypt where the remains of Canute and his brother Benedict are on display.
History of the Church
The History of the Church stretches back more than 900 years. Over the ages, it has been converted, extended and altered both inside and out on a number of occasions. Despite this, the building is probably the most beautiful example of a gothic Church in Denmark.
Very little is known for certain about the earliest history of the Church. It is named after King Knud (Canute), who reigned in Denmark from 1080 to 1086.
According to sources that include the chronicles of the English monk Ælnoth, the King was killed on 10 July 1086 after af peasant revolt that took Knud from the northern part of the Kingdom to Odense, ending in Sankt Albani Kirke (Church of St. Alban´s) close by.
Here the King was slain by the rebels, along with his brother Benedikt and 17 Retainers, all of whom had sought refuge in the Church.
The earlist history of the church
Remains of an earlier travertine Church have been found beneath the present building. This must be the Church the monk Ælnoth writes was being erected in 1095.
It is not known when that Church was completed. Remains of walls have been excavated which can be seen in the Crypt.
During archaelogical excavations near the south frontage of the Church and examinations of the existing extentions, remains have also been discovered of the Benedictine Sankt Knud's monastery. These extensions are now used as offices, a meeting room, schoolroom for confirmation candidates - and for other purposes linked to the Church.
The Crypt is a small interior in its own right, something unusual for a gothic Church. It is a part of the old section of the church.
When the Cathedral was to be restored in the 1870s, the Crypt was rediscovered and opened, after having been forgotten for centuries.
There is a door leading from the chrypt to the remains of the travertine Church. In the floor there are tombstones that include royal personages.
There are two famous reliquaries in the Crypt, with skeletal remains of King Knud and his brother Benedikt who met their deaths as martyrs in the Albani Kirke in 1086, together with 17 retainers.
New investigations have strengthened the case for the remains in the reliquaries really being those of the canonised King Knud and his brother.
The skeleton in the caskets to the right bears evidence of a lesion in the pelvic region, presumably caused by a club swung from behind. This detail supports the tradition that King Knud was murdered while on his knees praying in front of the altar!
The magnificent Altarpiece dating from the 1500s and carved by Claus Berg is well worth examining in detail.
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