Hans Christian Andersen's Copenhagen



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Follow in the footsteps of the magical storyteller, with an itinery that includes a daytrip to the town of HC Andersen's birth and childhood. Visit the places where he lived and wrote, including those spots where he attempted to pursue his dramatic dreams, and the museums dedicated to his work. Finally, visit his grave in Assistens Kirkegård.

Author: Jane Graham


Day 1 - Copenhagen K, Copenhagen, København


For a true HC Andersen experience, a stay at the stately Hotel D'Angleterre would be the only option: Considering the rates here however, a more practical option would be the next-best, nearby Hotel Opera, situated under the arches next door to the Danish Royal Theater and a suitably literary residence.
DAY 1 ought to be spent in the area around Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn, where Andersen spent so much of his time in Copenhagen: his (failed) attempts to become an actor at the Royal Danish Theater, his stays at both Magasin du Nord (when it was still a hotel) and D'Angleterre, and the lodgings on Nyhavn (nos. 18, 20, and 67) where he stayed at other times. Look out for plaques along the walls of these buildings. You might not be able to afford a table at Kong Hans Kælder restaurant, but take a peek at the place anyway: this old building is also a former lodging of Andersen. Instead, enjoy a brasserie-style meal at elegant Cafe A Porta.


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Hotel Opera

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Tordenskjoldsgade 15
1055 Copenhagen K, DK

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tel: +45 3347 8300
fax: +45 3347 8301
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Magasin du Nord

Location:

Kongens Nytorv 13
1095 Copenhagen, Denmark

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tel: +45 3311 4433
fax: +45 3315 1840
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Kong Hans Kælder

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Vingårdsstræde 6
1070 Copenhagen K, Denmark

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tel: +45 3311 6868
fax: +45 3332 6768
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Hotel D'Angleterre

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KONGENS NYTORV 34
P. O. Box 9077
1050 København, DK

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tel: +45 (0)3312 0095
fax: +45 (0)3312 1118
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Det Kongelige Teater

Location:

Kongens Nytorv
1017 København,

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tel: +45 3369 6969
fax: +45 3369 6519
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A Porta eta. 1792

Location:

Kongens Nytorv 17
Copenhagen K, Denmark

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tel: 3311 0500
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Nyhavn

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Nyhavn
1051 Copenhagen K, Denmark

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tel: +45 3311 0508
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Day 2 - København


Take a trip to Odense, birthplace of Andersen and where he lived until leaving for the Danish capital as a starstruck 14 year-old. The town's HC Andersen Museum is its biggest attraction. Visit as part of a guided bus tour from Copenhagen or independently: Direct trains to Odense run regularly from the city's Central Train Station.


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H C Andersen Tour

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Rådhuspladsen
København, Denmark

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tel: +45 3254 0606
fax: +45 3257 4905
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Day 3 - Copenhagen K, Copenhagen


Spend Day 3 in the city's musems, with the morning spent at the wonderful Royal Court Theater Museum on Slotsholmen. Here you will be whisked back to the days of theater productions of the 1700 and 1800s, in an experience that includes mannequins, costumes and lighting.
After a lunch of open sandwiches at the nearby Kanalcafeen (it dates all the way back to 1852), head for the City Hall Square to check out Henry Lukow-Nielsen's statue of Hans Christian Andersen, to the left of City Hall on the corner of HC Andersens Boulevard. Then visit the nearby attraction 'The Wonderful World of HC Andersen' (known in Danish as Andersens "Eventyrhuset"), a rather gimmicky museum of light and sound effects kids are sure to love.


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Teatermuseet

Location:

Christiansborg Ridebane 18
Christiansborg Castle
1218 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Contact:

tel: 3311 5176
fax: 3312 5022
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Kanalcafeen

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Location:

Frederiksholms Kanal 18
1220 Copenhagen K, Denmark

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tel: +45 3311 5770
fax: +45 3313 7962
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HC Andersens Eventyrhuset

Location:

Rådhuspladsen 57
1550 Copenhagen,

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tel: +45 3332 3131
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Day 4 - København, Copenhagen K


Spend Day 4 in the delightful and historic Latin Quarter of the city. Take a trip up to the top of the old observatory of the Round Tower or Rundetårn; Andersen spent many hours here when the current gallery space belonged to the university as library. After a quick but healthy lunch from Den Økologiske Pølsemand (the cart can be found at the foot of the Round Tower) visit the nearby city cathedral, Vor Frue Kirke, where Andersen's funeral took place in 1875.


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Rundetårn

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Købmagergade 52A
1150 København, Denmark

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tel: +45 3373 0373
fax: +45 3373 0377
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Den Økologiske Pølsemand

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Købmagergade 52A
1150 Copenhagen K, Denmark

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Vor Frue Kirke

Location:

Nørregade 8
Nørregade
1165 København, Denmark

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tel: +45 3337 6540
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Day 5 - Copenhagen


Spend Day 5 in the magical fantasy world of Tivoli Gardens, remembering of course to pay a visit to the replica of the Little Mermaid (the other one is temporarily in Shanghai for the 2010 Expo) on the lake, and for the children's ride 'The Flying Trunk', which takes you on a rollercoaster ride through 32 of Andersen's fairytales.


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Tivoli Gardens

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Vesterbrogade 3
1630 Copenhagen, Denmark

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Day 6 - Frederiksberg, København


The Bakkehus Museum is the former home of literary patrons the Rahbeks, who lived there from 1802-1830. Andersen was one of a number of literary figures who frequented the couple's home during that time, and the museum provides a picture of the creative life in Denmark at the time (a period known as Denmark's Golden Age).
One final stop is a must-see on any Andersen tour: a visit to the storyteller's grave, in Assistens Cemetery in Nørrebro. The stone is inscribed with lines from his 1874 poem "The Old Man".


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Bakkehuset

Location:

Rahbecks Allé 23
1801 Frederiksberg, Denmark

Contact:

tel: +45 3131 4362
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Assistens Kirkegård

Location:

Nørrebrogade/Kapelvej 4
2200 København, Denmark

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tel: +45 3537 1917
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