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Photo:Thomas Mørkeberg&Elvinas

Welcome to Odense

 - hometown of Hans Christian Andersen

Odense is rapidly evolving, and if you haven't visited in the last few years, you'll be surprised by all the new possibilities. A new H.C. Andersen House, a brand new quarter in the city centre covering the real estate that the enormous 4-lane thoroughfare used to cover, the light rail is running, exciting things are happening at the harbour and much more. 


At the same time, Odense also features cobbled streets and colourful little row houses in the historic quarter, fantastic and sometimes quirky festivals throughout the year and a location in the middle of the island Funen, known for its many castles and manor houses and beautiful scenery.


If you are considering a visit to Odense, we at VisitOdense have gathered everything you need to know as a tourist in Odense. We are the official tourist information centre in Odense, and on this page you will find an overview of what Odense is best known for. First and foremost, Odense is the fairytale hometown of Hans Christian Andersen on Funen in the heart of Denmark. Follow in the footsteps of the famous poet, where the romantic streets with small coloured houses and cobblestones meet modern urban development, Nordic architecture and a gastronomic scene with everything from street food to Michelin-starred fine dining. As one of Denmark's oldest cities, dating back to Viking Age kingship, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site certification for the hidden ring fortress, Nonnebakken, the city provides a unique setting for both historical experiences and metropolitan living with an international edge.

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When do you plan to visit Odense?

Click to find seasonal tips for your visit to Denmark's third largest city.

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Foraar - ikon


Finally, it's spring. If you are looking for an extended weekend or maybe more, take a look at what Odense has to offer this spring and Easter.

Sommerstemning i Odense
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Summer in Odense equals lazy days in the city's parks, lots of festivals with music and culture, a good cup of coffee, open air concerts and much more.

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Golden leaves, chestnuts, long walks along the river, coffee / cocoa galore at the local cafés - that is the Odense recipe for hygge.

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Go for walks in the magical morning mists on the harbour, enjoy hot beverages at the local cafés and the particular welcoming vibe that is winter in Odense.