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 of a HC Andersen tale in which the disabled fellow falls in hopeless, poetic love with a paper ballerina, to be finally if accidentally united with her on their pyre.

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Nearby Odense attractions

1. Paaskestræde

0.03 MILES

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

2. Sankt Albani Kirke

0.06 MILES

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

3. Børnekulturhuset Fyrtøjet

0.09 MILES

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

4. HC Andersens Hus

0.12 MILES

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

5. Hans Andersen Statue

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Outside the low-rise Radisson Blu hotel, Hans Christian Andersen sits with top hat on a seat awaiting selfies.

6. Møntergården

0.15 MILES

The new, stylishly designed main section of this city-history museum takes visitors on a thematic walk through humorously named 'Funen – Centre of the…

7. Oceania

0.15 MILES

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…

8. Vor Frue Kirke

0.16 MILES

With a stepped-brick tower, this church is often cited as Odense's oldest. Though records are hazy, most of the whitewashed interior dates back to the…