Odense, Denmark: all you need to know about the city and its attractions

The city of Odense (Denmark) is located on the island of Funen and is its main geographical and administrative point. The city has many large stores and industrial enterprises of various industries. At the same time, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Denmark due to its unique attractions.

City of Odense, Denmark

General information

Odense aerial view

The city of Odense is read by the unofficial capital of Funen and is located in its very center. It was founded in 1355 and until the XVII century the city was a center of trade for all residents of the island’s surroundings. This continued until in 1600 the economy of Odense was destroyed due to the Danish war with Sweden. Economic problems could not be resolved until in 1803 they built a canal connecting the city and the Baltic Sea. As a result, Odense began to position itself as a port city with a developed industry and economy.

At the end of the 20th century, transport links also improved here. The distance of 168 km from Copenhagen to Odense can be covered in no more than an hour and a half on the new bridge.

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Odense is the third largest Danish city in size. Today, more than 185 thousand people live in it, and its area is 304 sq. Km.

How to get to Odense

Getting to the city in Denmark is possible in several ways, depending on the preferences of the tourist and the intended departure point.

By plane

The Great Belt Bridge in Denmark was built relatively recently, but thanks to it, getting from Odense to other cities and countries has become much easier by land transport and flights have become less popular. However, there is still a small airline in the city of AirBorn, with the help of which in the summer it is possible to go to some cities in Italy.

Airport in Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen Airport

From Copenhagen Airport you can reach Odense by train and bus. On average, the road to the city can take up to two hours.

It is much easier to get to Odense if you fly to Denmark at Billund Airport. Without going to the city, it is enough to take any bus brand Vejle or Kolding. In addition, it is possible to travel by train. As a rule, the duration of the trip does not exceed one and a half hours.

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By train
On the train to Odense

The Odense railway is connected to most cities in Denmark. This type of transport here can be considered the most comfortable for traveling, as it is equipped with a comfortable interior, and also is treated to food and drinks during trips.

From the cities of Denmark connected to Odense it is possible to get on the following conditions.

Train station in copenhagen
Railway station Copenhagen
  1. From Copenhagen – for one and a half to two hours, the cost of the trip is 266 kroons, trains run at intervals of ten to fifty minutes.
  2. From Aarhus – a little more than an hour and a half, the cost of the trip is 234-246 kroons, trips are carried out approximately once or twice an hour.
  3. From Aalborg – three and a half hours, the fare is 355 kroons, the frequency of trips is once or twice an hour.
  4. From Esberberg – an hour and a half, 213 kroons, once or twice an hour.

In the season of influx of tourists it is recommended to purchase and book tickets in advance. You can check the schedule, the relevance of prices and buy train tickets on the Danish railway website – www.dsb.dk/en.

Accommodation in the city during a tourist trip

Meals and accommodation in the city as a tourist are relatively inexpensive. However, much depends on which places to visit.

The city has several comfortable and popular hotels among tourists. Therefore, it is recommended to book rooms in advance. The cost of one day of stay depends not only on the quality of service, environment and location, but also on the service – cancellation of some rooms cannot be made without a commission.

Hostel room Danhostel Odense Kragsbjerggaard
Danhostel Odense Kragsbjerggaard

The following budget hotels are popular:

  1. Danhostel Odense Kragsbjerggaard. The cost of living from 50 euros for a single room. Free cancellation is provided.
  2. Villa Vera. Price – from 53 euros per day. The price includes breakfast.
  3. Villa So. It is located five kilometers from the city center. A day’s stay costs from 55 euros. Tomorrow is provided.
  4. Danhostel Odense City. Provides twin rooms starting at 56 euros.
Room at Qstay Bed & Breakfast
Qstay Bed & Breakfast
  1. Qstay Bed & Breakfast. It is famous for its comfortable rooms with large beds and bathrooms. Price – from 60 euros. Free cancellation is provided.

There are many other cheap and expensive hotels in Denmark. The most presentable rooms cost guests from 180 euros per day. When choosing, it is recommended to pay attention to the proximity to interesting objects and attractions.

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Dining in the city can also be expensive and budget. Among the cheapest establishments:

Fast Food Emils Hot House
Emils hot house
  1. China Box. Open from 11 am to 10 pm. On average, a meal costs 22-35 crowns. Asian cuisine predominates.
  2. Happy Chicken. It works around the clock and also provides visitors with Asian dishes. The average bill is 20-45 crowns per person.
  3. Emils Hot House. Provides visitors with dishes of “fast” cuisine. Average bill from 15 to 45 crowns.

One of the best mid-priced establishments in Cuckoo’s Nest, open from morning until late at night. Here you can enjoy a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere and try various dishes from fast food to salads and desserts. The average bill per person is from 60 to 200 crowns.

The most expensive cuisine is available in restaurants:

At the Sortebro Restaurant
  1. Sortebro. The institution is open from 12 am to 11 pm daily. It serves traditional Danish cuisine at a price of 200 EEK.
  2. Den Gamle Kro. The institution is notable for the fact that it is located in a picturesque historical building, creating a certain atmosphere of the ancient city. You can also enjoy Danish cuisine here.

For tourists, there is also the opportunity to visit the bars, which serve classic and traditional drinks:

The Australian Bar in Odense
The australian bar
  1. Albani (a distinctive feature is the opportunity to try quality Danish beer);
  2. Birdis;
  3. Froggy (cafe);
  4. The Australian Bar (distinguishing feature – low prices and entry fee of 45 CZK).

Bars and restaurants are decorated with photos of Odense, various expositions and noteworthy interior items.

The city’s attractions

Sights of Odense in Denmark include a huge number of ancient buildings, museums, art monuments, as well as modern retail outlets and cinemas that can interest representatives of different categories of tourists.

Egeskov Castle
Egeskov Castle

The castle was built in the middle of the XVI century and is considered the best preserved building of the Renaissance. The attraction was restored by its current owner, Count Alefeld. He improved the appearance of the building, built next to it a museum of rare cars and toys, a park, a labyrinth and other things attractive to visitors.

  • Location of the attraction: Egeskov Gade 18.
  • Schedule: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (in the summer months – until 7 p.m.).
  • The entrance fee to the castle is 190 DKK for adults and 110 for children.
Odense Palace

Odense Palace is located in the heart of the city. It was built in the middle of the 15th century and today the building is occupied by the municipality. At first glance, the palace may not make a serious impression, but it is a landmark with a rich history.

Odense Palace

At the beginning of the XX century, the palace passed into the possession of the municipality. After that, the Royal Garden was opened for locals and visitors of the city, which is located at the palace. On its territory you can see the statue of Andersen.

The interior is closed to visitors, as it is reserved for municipal institutions.

Location: Norregade, 36, Odense, opposite the railway station.

Funen Village

A trip to the Funen village can be considered as a separate entertainment, allowing you to learn more about the history and life of their inhabitants and expand their horizons. Here you can see classic pets, as well as artisans and farmers at work. In addition, if you wish, you can enjoy local beer and traditional dishes and rustic snacks prepared according to old recipes using ancient ovens and utensils.

Funen Village

In general, the Funen village gives the impression of a functioning and vibrant village, therefore it awakens a great interest in tourists to this place.

Location of the attraction Sejerskovvej 20, Odense.

Farm of the Funen Village

The cost of visiting varies depending on the season:

  1. From March 29 to June 30: adult ticket – 75 CZK. Children under 17 years old can visit the attraction for free.
  2. From July 1 to August 31: adult – 100.
  3. From September 1 to October 21: Adult – 75.
Village house interior

Working hours:

  • March 29 to May 31 and September: Tuesday-Friday – from 10 to 16, Saturday-Sunday – from 10 to 17 hours.
  • June 1-30: Tuesday-Saturday – from 10 to 16.
  • July 1 – August 31: Monday-Saturday – from 10 to 18.
Odense Zoo
At the Odense Zoo

One of the main advantages of the city zoo is sufficient space for animals in which they can be found with maximum comfort. Many inhabitants live in it, including the most exotic and rare ones. There is free parking for private cars.

  • Odense Zoo Address: Sdr. Boulevard 306, Odense.
  • Hours: daily from 9 to 17 hours.
  • The cost of admission tickets depends on the season and varies from 180 to 220 crowns for adults, 100-110 for children and 153-170 crowns for students.
  • Children under 3 years old are admitted free of charge.
Hans Christian Andersen Museum
At the Hans Christian Andersen Museum

Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, many love since childhood. However, a visit to the writer’s museum, located in an old picturesque quarter, may be interesting not only to admirers of his talent. Externally, the building is not very chic, but the most important thing for visitors is located inside.

The Andersen House in Odense has an exposition from the collections of various manuscripts, paintings and even personal belongings of the writer. At the entrance to the museum, the visitor is given a brochure (including records in Russian) with a brief description of the expositions.

Statue of Hans Christian Andersen at the Museum

Museum Address: Bangs Boder 29, Odense.

Opening hours and season ticket prices:

  1. January 20 – June 14 (from Tuesday to Saturday, 10: 00-16: 00): adult ticket – 110 DKK.
  2. June 15 – September 15 (Tuesday-Saturday, 10: 00-17: 00). Ticket – 125 DKK.
  3. September 16 – December 30 (Tuesday-Saturday, 10: 00-16: 00). Ticket – 110 DKK
  4. Admission is free for children under 17 years old.
Andersen House
At Andersen’s childhood home

Anderson House in Odense is another interesting attraction related to the life of the famous writer. In this modest, but cozy and sweet little house, Hans Christian was born and spent his childhood. Unlike the museum’s rich exposition, the decoration of the house is uninformative, but it can satisfy curiosity about how personal things of a celebrity who lived almost two centuries ago can be preserved to this day.

Attraction address: Munkemoellestraede 3, Odense.

Note! Starting November 1, 2017, Andersen House is closed to visitors. Data on the opening time is not yet available.

St. Knud’s Cathedral
St. Knud's Cathedral

St. Knud’s Cathedral in Odense is located in the very center of the ancient city and is an interesting and beautiful building surrounded by picturesque surroundings. The church itself seems to be a work of architectural art, however, it is also possible to admire medicinal plants in the classical garden here. In addition, the cathedral also contains the skeletons of St. Knud and his brother, which can also be looked at to satisfy curiosity.

Attraction address: Klosterbakken 2, Odense.

Church of St. Albany

St. Aglican Church Albany in Odense can be seen from almost anywhere in the city, since it seems to be a very high and interesting building, made in the Gothic style. At the entrance you can see the statues of the holy martyr Alban and the son of King Knud, Charles I, who also died a martyrdom.

Church of St. Albany
In the church of St. Albany, Odense

In the church itself, you can see unique stained glass windows and a carved wooden altar. The appearance, interior decoration and ringing of bells is breathtaking and does not leave indifferent even the most sophisticated tourists in Denmark.

You can get to the church at: Adelgade 1, Odense.

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The city of Odense (Denmark) is a small old town that annually attracts a huge number of tourists on its territory. Today it is one of the centers of trade, culture and tourism, thanks to the huge number of shops and attractions. In addition, accommodation in the city is relatively inexpensive for visitors. This also applies to movement and food.

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