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Kongens Have (King’s Garden) is a nice park in the city center of Odense, opposite the train station and it covers an area of 20,000 sq meters.
First we saw the big statue of Christian IX riding a horse (pic 1) that is located there since 1912. Walking around the park we’ve heard a woman voice calling out some names! It was an installation (pic 2), where every time someone was touching it we could heard the voice!
Anyway, the main attraction of the park (other than the fact that it’s a nice place for a small picnic) is that it houses the Odense Slot (pic 3). The Odense Palace was first used as a hospital and a monastery before turned into a royal palace for King Frederik II in 1579. The gardens were built in 1720 by King Frederik IV that died in the palace in 1730. In front of the palace we saw the statue of Frederik IV(1671-1730), king of Denmark and Norway from 1699.
The baroque gardens were built to satisfy the royals. Later the gardens were turned into English romantic style gardens. Odense authorities made the park public in 1907 so now we can enjoy some very old trees, tulips and manoglias. We also checked the back side of the palace where there is another small garden with some lazy ducks, some sculptures etc (pic 5)
Although the palace is a landmark of the city and with great history background you can’t get inside as it is used for government offices.
Although it is very peaceful during the day it gets crowded every Thursday during the summer
months when there are concerts(19.00-22.00) for free!
Directions: Opposite the train station, between Jernbanegade street on the west and Ostre Stationsvej to the north.
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