Walk towards Andersen's childhood home

Hometown of Hans Christian Andersen

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Welcome to Odense

Hometown of Hans Christian Andersen

Odense is a cultural and historical city where you can sense the city's long history clearly. Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, and his lively imagination continues to inspire the city. In Odense you can go walking in H.C. Andersen's footsteps through the historic district and sense the life of the city 200 years ago.

The inspiration can also be felt in the many annual festivals that create an exciting and inspiring city all year round. However, Odense is also a vibrant and urban city, where you have the opportunity to take part in the good local life, where you can enjoy the cozy atmosphere, taste the vibrant local food scene or go for walks in one of the city's many green oases.

Odense right now - activities for everybody

Photo: Johan Joensen
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Hans Christian Andersen

Top experiences in Odense

Hans Christian Andersen's Hometown

Get to know Odense's most famous son, Hans Christian Andersen. This multi-artist impressed his contemporaries with fairy tales, plays, biographies, travel accounts, paper art and much more.


Odense is known for its many events and festivals, but we also have a rich cultural life on other fronts. Odense Theater, Odeon Concert Hall, the Funen Opera and many other local forces provide a rich cultural life throughout the year.

The cozy, local vibe

Photo: Johan Joensen

Activities in Odense

Vibrant gastro scene

Delicious new restaurants pop up everywhere - reportedly Odense now has more restaurants per inhabitant than Copenhagen. Whether or not this is true, the locals dine out like never before and the range and level of offers is impressive.

Feel the Presence of History in Odense

Odense is one of Denmark's oldest cities and you can feel the presence of history everywhere. In our museums you can explore the Iron Age, Viking Age, 18th century farm village life, the Cold War and even what everyday life was like for your grand parents at Tidens Samling.