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Norske Love, Koge

Powerful emotions, beautiful countryside, dramatic stories – a journey in the footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen has some of it all.
The writer knew his Denmark, and was a frequent visitor to many places throughout the whole country. A number of the places Andersen loved so much have been selected as fairy tale tracks. Here he found the inspiration which has given us so many memorable stories.

In 1836 Hans Christian Andersen stayed at the hotel "Norske Løve" in Nørregade in Køge. The area on the shores of Køge River inspired Andersen to write the fairy tale "Under the Willow Tree".


Køge is a seaport on the coast of Køge Bugt (Bay of Køge) 39 km southwest of Copenhagen. It is the principal town and seat of Køge Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark. As of 2010, the urban area had a population of 34,937.
The natural harbour and strategic location have given Køge a long history as a market town. Today, this is witnessed by a well-preserved old town centre with many half-timbered houses.
Køge is located within the Copenhagen metropolitan area and connected to downtown Copenhagen by the E line of the S-train commuter rail system. Køge is also located on a new rail line, under construction between Copenhagen and Ringsted, due for completion in 2018. It will make Køge a central hub in Denmark's transport system.


Køge was officially founded in 1288, when the town became a market town, as a contrast to the ecclesiastical center at that time - Roskilde, and was an important merchant town during the late Middle Ages.
During the local witchhunt, called Køge Huskors (1608–1615), at least 15 persons were convicted of witchcraft and burned at the stake. Køge suffered during the wars between Denmark and Sweden (1643–1720) and in 1807 the town and the surrounding area was the scene of the Battle of Køge between British and Danish troops. Køge remained a small town until the late 19th century, when industrial development and population growth began. Today, Køge is the main part of the 18th largest urban area in Denmark. (Source: koge & wikipedia)

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