Travel Report: Odense, Denmark.
July 2002. I have exactly five photos to prove that I ever visited the Danish city of Odense, so this is probably going to be the shortest travel report in my 500+ library. Odense was the final stop of my Danish travels in the summer of 2002 and where I celebrated my 24th birthday alone walking the streets of Denmark’s third largest city.
July 2002. I found Odense’s prevailing vibe to be one of unrivalled placidity. The entire place was clean, green and invitingly slow-paced, from its languid café culture and pretty churches, to thought-provoking sculptures and cheerful, bike riding locals. Munke Mosen Gardens, is just one of Odense’s pretty parks with its winding river and drooping willow trees.
July 2002. Much of the city’s tourist industry is unashamedly set around Hans Christian Andersen, Odense’s most celebrated son. As such, paying a visit to this museum, also the writer’s birthplace, is essential. Make your way through a series of creaky rooms and you pretty much get his life story, complimented by an extensive range of personal artefacts and diaries. For more, have a look at the official website.
July 2002. A thirty-minute bus ride from the city centre, the 16th century Egeskov Castle is said to be Europe’s best-preserved renaissance water castle. Shame about the idiot in the picture who thought it was cool to wear a football shirt in public. The folly of youth.
July 2002. There’s a lot to see and do within the the grounds of Egeskov Castle, including a glorious network of gardens, an old smithy and a classic car and motorcycle exhibition. There’s also an art gallery and a kooky attraction called Titania’s Place, the world’s largest and most intricate doll’s house! To see this gorgeous building in all its splendour and to find out more, dive into the official website here.
For more on my adventures in the country, check out my other reports from around Denmark.
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