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This economic downturn continued until 1803 when a canal linking Odense & the Baltic Sea was opened.
Odense is also the birthplace of the world famous fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen & the city proudly displays statues, parades & monuments in his memory.
Andersen was born on 2 April 1805, in a tiny house on Munkemøllestræde, quite close to the cathedral.
During his lifetime, Andersen created many famous fairy-tales which today are internationally famous.
For example 'The Little Mermaid', 'The Ugly Duckling' & 'The Snow Queen'.
Odense  is the unofficial capital and largest city on the island of Funen (da. As Denmark's third-largest city, it offers the traveller a mixture of an exciting vibrant night-life, beautiful street-scapes, great shopping opportunities & a rich cultural heritage.
Odense is roughly in the centre of Funen, which lies between the larger Zealand island & the Jutland peninsula.
The first recorded reference to the city dates back to 988 AD in a letter from the German Kaiser Otto III.Some recent archaeological findings have indicated that a settlement has in fact been around since the Viking period.At that time, however, Odense was just the small centre of the Odin cult. Knud's was established by English Benedictine monks.Up until the middle of the 17th century, Odense enjoyed the position as a main trading-centre for the people from the surrounding areas.Local produce & livestock were exported from the city.However, a war with Sweden in the 1600s weakened the city's economy.