Odense Travel Blog› entry 6 of 8 › view all entries
At the very heart of Denmark on the Island of Fyn lies Odense, home of 200.000 people and with a history stretching back for over 1000 years.
The name Odense is first mentioned in a document from the year 988 AD, which is why the city celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 1988, even though it is considerably older. The document - Odense's 'birth certificate' and the beginning of the city's historical time - was drawn up by the German Kaiser Otto III.
Archaeological finds indicate that the original settlement was centred around the current site of the Town Hall.
Around 980 and just south of the town was one of the circular forts from Viking times, called Nonnebakken.
Odense is known as the city of birth of the world famous fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. A visit to the magnificent Hans Christian Andersen Museum is almost inevitable, with rare, unique editions of the author`s fairy tales, private letters, notes and personal effects.
But the city has much more to offer. Odense is a top cultural city, with a wide range of exciting museums and beautiful churches.
The bus tour from Fredrikshavn was estimated to three houers, but because of all trafic and a small accident with one of the window wipers on the bus we used four houers.
Arriving Odense at 1.30 pm, we were short of time. The Danish musicians had planed a short concert with all bands together in front of the Town Hall at 2.00 pm. We had a reception in the Town Hall with the Mayor of Odense, Jan Boye at 2.30.
As was the case with many other Danish market towns, towards the end of the 1800s (1880-83) Odense built a new Town Hall, inspired by the Town Hall of Siena in northern Italy. This was later extended to the east an extension opened on the 150th birthday of the town’s favourite son, Hans Christian Andersen ��" the 2 April 1955.
The Town Hall was renovated between 2003-2005 ready for the celebrations of the bicentenary of Hans Christian Andersen to start of course - on the same day, 2 April, 2005.
It was a rather nice reception, on witch we were served red or white wine, unfortunally nothing to eat. We had grabeda cup of coffee and a sandwich arriving Fredrikshavn at 8.30 pm so we were rather hungry. No food in the stomach and a glas of wine made me and my friends feel a bit drunk. And at 4.00 pm we should have our concert in the Town Hall. Wow, feeling dissy of wine infront of a concert is not a good sign. We had to go out and take some good breaths before preparing for the concert.
The concert hall in the Town Hall is beautiful, with offwhite walls and careful decorated. While prepering the platform for our concert, I felt the short intoxication from the wine was gone. Lucky me ;o)
We had chosen a popular repertory, and the responce from the public tould us thay they enjoyed the concert.
The day has been long, but it was not over yet. After the concert we hurried back to the Hotel Windsor for an houers rest before the friendship party the Danish hostes had arranged in St. Jørgens Hallen. And I promise you, the Danish hosts know how to arrange partys. Finally we were served food, and not simple food, but delicious food served with wine or beer. Oh the Danish chef`s ............
We were also entertained in different ways, the most memorable was the Tyroler band with their sporty lederhosen and acrobatic dances.
Walking home to the hotel this night I passed the home of H. C. Andersen, the famous fairy tail writer. I also passed Odense concerthall with a beautiful statue of H. C. Andersen placed at the outside.
No it is time for bed, to morrow is a new day with a new concert, and I look forward to see more of Odense.