HCA NEWS The story of Hans Christian Andersen's hometown on the Internet

The Odense Tourist Bureau has launched an Internet site to provide background information on Hans Christian Andersen's relationship to his hometown.

By Mikkel Stjernberg - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 22 May 2003

Hans Christian Andersen achieved his world-class status as an author as a direct consequence of the fact that he came from some of the most impoverished conditions one could imagine at the beginning of the 19th century. Something he drew attention to again and again throughout his life. 

"If anyone can become a poet through the events in his childhood, then I will become one," wrote Hans Christian Andersen.

This quotation may be found on the first page of a new microsite, which the Odense Tourist Bureau has just launched on the Internet to provide background information on Hans Christian Andersen's relationship with his hometown of Odense and the areas surrounding Funen's first city. 

The site opened today, and it contains a comprehensive description of Odense at the time of Andersen's childhood and the influence the city had on the budding writer in him. It also has information on ways tourists can experience the spirit of Hans Christian Andersen in the city today and a number of links that will guide the interested user to additional Internet resources and texts on Andersen.

The microsite is in English and Danish and will be updated on a running basis by the Odense Tourist Bureau.

Experience the microsite here!