The running tour starts at the tourist office and from there we cross the main square, Flakhaven, of Odense. Flakhaven is surrounded by the beautiful city hall and the magnificent Cathedral. Passing the department store, Magasin, we find ourselves running by the childhood home of the famous fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen – a tiny old house you probably wouldn’t notice if not told by your running guide. From there we cross the stream that cuts Odense into two parts.
On the other side of the stream you will meet the place of the historic viking fortress, Nonnebakken, built in 980 by the Danisj viking Harald Bluetooth – yes the name is correct. We run next to the stream until we reach the fairytale garden where people relax and enjoy long walks. We run… and we run by the statue of Hans Christian Andersen, which is on the back side of the Cathedral. Inside the crypt of the Cathedral you can see the bones of the Danish king, Knud, with the nickname, the saint. He was killed in the Cathedral the 10th of July in 1086. We follow the stream as we run by the Secular Convent for noblewomen and suddenly we are at the place, where the mother of Hans Christian Andersen washed their clothes. Running through the old city with cobbled streets we head towards the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen finding ourselves hearing a lot of different languages if during tourist hours. Before leaving the old city we pass the ODEON, the new dynamic cultural house of Odense, and also a sitting statue of Hans Christian Andersen. Let’s have a photo here sitting next to the quiet tall writer.
From here we run to the new harbour. New because the habour is being transformed from an industrial harbour to a recreational harbour with expensive flats, restaurants, a public outdoor pool and a lot of sports activities. We also greet the statue of Hans Christian Andersen in the water. The guide gives you the full story about, why we only see the head of the author. Heading back to the city we run over the railway-tracks using the modern walking and biking bridge called ”the bridge of the city” or in Danish, Byens Bro. The bridge connects the city and the habour and has been the cause of a lot of turmoil, which your guide will tell you all about. The bridge ends more or less in the park, ”Kongens Have”, where we also find the Odense Castle from 1815, and the church, where Hans Christian Andersen was baptised Easter Monday, ten days after he was born in 1805. The end of the tour is near and the last couple of hundred metres we run through the walking streets of Odense.