* Out of the 195 officially recognised countries in the world; 164 different nationalities have chosen to make Odense their home.
* Odense offers over 250 playgrounds, which means per every 804 inhabitants, there is at least 1 playground. (201,000 population pr. 01/10/16)
Visiting Odense for only one day? We have collected some of our favourite places and created a small guide for you, so you can have a cosy day in our city. No matter if you follow our guide or do your own thing, we do hope that you will have an amazing day in our city!
The restaurant scene in Odense flourishes as never before, also if you are a vegetarian or a vegan. Recently, two vegan cafés have opened, Venchi and Kosmos, and there is a good selection at the two street food markets, Arkaden and Storms Pakhus. In addition, there are several restaurants that have both vegetarian and vegan dishes on the menu.
Odense always offers many events - and many of them are free; the open air concerts in Kongens Have, the vegetable concerts and many of the festivals. It is also possible to visit several of our attractions free of charge.
Odense has a wide selection of interesting restaurants, classic and established, untraditional and experimental.
Fyn (or Funen) is known as Denmark's garden and here are lots of green attractions to visit, like castle and manor house parks, nature reserves, islands with their own unique fauna and much more.
Odense is more than 1000 years old, and the city oozes both ancient and modern history.
The city’s name originates from the Old Norse ‘Odins vi’ (Wotan’s shrine) which has morphed into ‘Odense’. Already back then it had a central and strategic location between the mainland and main island Zealand, and also housed a Viking fortress built in the 980s, ‘Nonnebakken’.
Odense has several distinct quarters to explore. Lets start in the original part of the city, in the Old Town quarter. This is where Hans Christian Andersen, Oluf Bager and several other prominent citizens promenaded about a long time ago.
Not all restaurants are open for lunch, but we have done some research for you. Whether you're up for a quick sandwich, a big steak or a five-course menu, there's something for you here.
Hans Christian Andersen is perhaps the world's best known author of fairy tales and children's stories. He himself loved children and read to them or entertained them with his paper art. If you are visiting our city with children and want to explore the more easily accessible Hans Christian Andersen attractions, we have gathered a list for you.
If you visit during the summer, we also recommend that you look for the many fairy tale and Hans Christian Andersen themed events.
Bars and Pubs
Are you headed for craft beers, great wine or cocktails perhaps? Take a look at our curated lists and see if something matches your tastes. Microbreweries are popping up all over Fyn and in Odense and you can taste their delicious products in many of the local bars. If you are looking for a place with a bit of everything, try Storm's Pakhus where they offer a wine bar, a gin bar, a cocktail bar and a speciality beer bar under one roof.
Odense has a rich and varied cultural life and this includes lots of galleries, exhibitions, etc. most of which are conveniently located in the city centre. We recommend that you start with the main gallery / art exhibition Brandts and work your way down our list.
Do you need a good idea for a place to take your family that will keep everybody engaged? AND have the option to go indoors if the weather does'nt cooperate? Then you need to visit Odense ZOO. The park covers a large area and can easily take up a whole day to explore, and it has lots of nice cafés, playgrounds and other activities.
From Animal Park to Zoological Gardens
Odense city centre is filled with well preserved historical buildings from several periods. In the historical quarter you can see several examples of buildings from the 15th century.
H. C. Andersen was born in Odense on 2 April 1805, the son of the shoemaker Hans Andersen and the washer woman Anne Marie Andersdatter. As a child, his favorite employment was daydreaming, and as a 14-year-old he decided to seek his fortune at The Royal Theater in Copenhagen, to which he was loosely affiliated until 1822.