With a classical face, seal-flipper feet and a triumphalist six-pack tummy, this astonishing female figure reclines naked on Odense's central square. But rather than eliciting disapproval, her huge bronze form is mostly seen as a handy slide to amuse local toddlers. How very Danish.

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Nearby Odense attractions

1. Odense Domkirke

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A feast of whitewashed Gothic arches and vaulting, Odense’s imposing cathedral took 200 years to build (1300–1499) with the tower added in the 1580s.

2. HC Andersens Barndomshjem

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The small childhood home of Hans Christian Andersen paints a picture of the writer's poverty-stricken childhood. He lived here from 1807 to 1819, aged two…

3. Sankt Albani Kirke

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With its seemingly endless, sharpened spire, Sankt Albani Kirke is an 1867 Catholic church whose exterior is interesting for the wooden knight and naive,…

4. Stoppenålen

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These two shaped-stone pillars look provocatively sexual, but are supposed to represent the proud if hapless 'darning needle' that's the antihero of Hans…

5. Tinsoldaten

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The one-legged military figure outside a branch of Nelle's cafe-bar is not to commemorate a historical conflict but represents the Tin Soldier, sad hero…

6. Paaskestræde

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For one of Odense's prettiest street scenes, stand at the corner of Adelgade and watch the little cottages tumbling down Paaskestræde towards the…

7. Børnekulturhuset Fyrtøjet

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In the charming Fyrtøjet, children are encouraged to explore the world of Hans Christian Andersen through music and storytelling.

8. HC Andersens Hus


Lying amid the seemingly miniaturised streets of the former poor quarter is the sparse little cottage where Hans Christian Andersen was born. Visiting it…