There is no excuse to be bored in Odense, even if the weather is not quite with you. Here are our suggestions for the best rainy day activities for children and adults. Did you know that we have more than 15 attractions you can visit, Denmark's cosiest pedestrian street and one of Denmark's oldest shopping centers, Rosengårdcentret, with now more than 150 stores?
YOU SHOULD EXPLORE
Hans Christian Andersen's Museum
This new museum, which opened in January 2018, shows our famous fairytale writer in a completely new way that focuses on his artistic side. Expect primary colors, paper cuttings and virtual reality glasses.
City Museum Møntergården
Here you can see the history of the city dating back to ancient times and up to modern times. The exhibition is illustrated with lots of local archaeological findings, film clips and soundtracks. There are also several activities for children.
Tidens Samling - Museum of Everyday Life in the 19th Century
A private collection of everyday items from around 1900 to the 1990's. The Period Collection is a hands-on museum where you can sit in the furniture, try on the clothes and listen to the records. Finish in the cafe with tea and biscuit cake.
Denmark's Railway Museum
Here is a 10,000 m2 museum with old Danish trains that you can explore. As in The Time Collection, almost nothing is sectioned of and the exhibition may be touched :-) Many activities for children.
The old factory building in the Latin Quarter features a 3 storey art exhibition with something for everyone. Visit their website to see what they are currently showing.
The church was completed in 1499 and replaced a wooden church (that burned) that stood in almost the same place. The church is named after King Canute the Holy who was killed here in the city. In the crypt you will find thel graves of four Danish kings and several Danish historical personalities.
YOU SHOULD TASTE
Odense Street Food - Storms Warehouse
The old plastic bag factory between the railway station and the harbor has become a street food market. Here is something for every taste in a pleasant environment. Besides the food you can visit several creative workshops that are also part of the Storms Warehouse.
Café with organic tea, coffee, goodies and light dishes. The interior is whimsical and French inspired.
Restaurant and delicatessen in Nørregade, that prioritizes local Funen and French produce. The restaurant also has a high social profile and works with vulnerable youngsters. It is open for lunch and evening.
This smørrebrød restaurant serves a modern version of the good Danish lunch classics. There is also the possibility of ordering half size pieces, so you can try more variations.
The old Inn
The restaurant is perhaps one of Denmark's most beautiful, situated in a half-timbered house from 1683 right in the center of Odense, close to the historic quarter.
Fredos Coffee Right
If it is really rainy and windy, you will not get by without a hot cup of coffee or chocolate. This café in the Latin Quarter has several delicious choices.
YOU SHOULD TRY
A classic activity on a rainy day and Biocity Odense offers all the latest movies on big screens, comfortable seats and super sound.
Here are restaurant, bowling alleys, escape rooms, miniature golf, go-cart, laser action hero and shooting simulator. Then the whole family should be covered.
Klosterbakkens Swimming Pool
The city's most central swimming pool with 25 meter lanes. The swimming pool is furnished with gym and a spa balcony with spa, sauna and steam room.
Bolbro Swimming Pool
This swimming pool is the one you should chose if you are visiting with children. They offer a water slide, a hot water pool and a children/play pool.
SHOP UNTIL THE WEATHER CLEARS
The biggest mall in the city centre. Just at the beginning of Odense's pedestrian street lies Magasin with 4 floors of shopping. It is open from 10 to 20 every day of the week.
The center is located in the southeastern part of town, right next to O2. The center is one of Denmark's oldest and houses more than 150 shops under one roof.
Denmark's largest IKEA is located right next to the Rosengård Center. Here are 34000 m2 of designer furniture and small nice things you did not know you were missing. Do not forget that every proper IKEA visit involves at least one plate of Swedish meatballs with mash and jam.