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Odense, Denmark

Probably best known for being Hans Christian Anderson’s home town, Odense has retained much of its medieval character. Cobbled streets and half timbered houses (including Anderson’s) survive in the centre of this, one of Denmark’s oldest cities - it celebrated its thousand year anniversary in 1988. Saint Canute‘s Cathedral and the Shrine of King Canute, who was also a resident, attracted pilgrims here in the middle ages and in the 16th Century the city became a major regional centre of parliament and government. Two Danish Kings are buried here. Built on an island you can get to Odense by ferry or on one of the world’s longest suspension bridges which carries both cars and trains. If you’re just coming to pay your respect to Hans as many latter day pilgrims do, as well as visiting his preserved home you can also visit a museum to his life and his work in another of the centre’s old houses, which boasts his top hat and cane as part of its collection.

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