You have most likely of Hans Christian Andersen and come to love many of his timeless characters, such as The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. But what about the man himself? As the father of fairy tales, Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen was a famous man in his time, courted by royalty and recognised for his greatness whilst living. Follow in the footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen with the help of this guide and delve deeper into fairy-tale Denmark's fascinating sites.
Visit one of Denmark's most impressive castles, Holsteinborg, less than two hours from Copenhagen. It was beloved of Hans Christian Andersen who, at the invitation of the Count and Countess living there at the time, visited every year until his death.
Not far from Holsteinborg is Borreby Castle, one of the oldest and best-preserved Renaissance castles in Denmark. Hans Christian Andersen was a frequent visitor here and even wrote a story about it, 'The Wind Tells of Valdemar Daae and His Daughters'.
Hans Christian Andersen was a well-known figure in his time and was invited into the homes and lives of Danish royalty and nobility. Gisselfeld Kloster, one of Denmark's largest estates, was a place frequented by Hans Christian Andersen.
Enjoy the stunning grounds and buildings of Sealand's largest estate, Bregentved, where Hans Christian Andersen would frequently visit and stay. The estate is less than an hour from Copenhagen.