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Two Towns Vie for Fairytale Capital of the World


Kassel, Germany and Odense, Denmark
Rivals for "Fairytale Capital of the World"

The Brothers Grimm hailed from Kassel, Germany, and Hans Christian Andersen's hometown was Odense, Denmark. Both towns claim to be the "fairytale capital of the world." In this Atlas Obscura article about the rivalry, there is a charming account, from Andersen's autobiography, of his awkward first meeting with the Brothers Grimm who had never heard of him.

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