Odense, located on the northern part of the island of Fyn, is an ancient city and was a sacred pagan site during pre-historic times. In 1247, Odense was burnt to the ground during a royal rivalry. Despite this, some buildings survived until the modern times. Today, Odense is the third largest city in Denmark and an official “bicycle city”.

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Odense offers you a rich mix of historical periods and attractions such as museums and castles, but your kids will love it even more. This is a city of Hans Christian Andersen and his fairy tales.

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HC Andersens Hus Museum

Your exploration of Odense will not be complete without a visit to HC Andersens Hus, a museum that contains a rich and thorough telling of Andersen’s extraordinary life. Near the museum is the charming Fyrtøyet, a cultural centre for children, where they can dress up as Andersen’s characters, paint their faces, listen to music and draw pictures.

Odense Zoo

You will love the zoo in Odense. It is Denmark’s second largest zoo, which is vast enough to spend several hours watching the amazing diversity of animals it houses. There is a lot of space, with some nice areas to have a picnic or ice cream.

Iron Age Village

The Iron-Age village is located 5 km Northwest of the city and you can get there by bus. It was built using the methods gleaned from archaeological finds.

Egeskov Castle

Egeskov Castle is the first attraction that comes to mind when you plan a trip to Odense. It is located a bit outside the town centre, but it’s well worth a visit. Once you’re there, you could spend the whole day exploring the castle, the gardens and the museums. There is something for everyone, young and old.

BEST WESTERN Hotel Knudsens Gaard

BEST WESTERN Hotel Knudsens Gaard has an interesting history and really awesome staff. It’s located within walking distance of the city centre with free parking. You will get a breakfast of the highest quality in a charming, quiet environment.

Hunderupgade 2, 5230 Odense M, Denmark

+45 63 11 43 11

First Hotel Grand

First Hotel Grand fits the entire atmosphere of the city, as it is a historical building with a great atmosphere. You will find large rooms, excellent service, and an extensive breakfast included in the price here. It’s very close to all the facilities in the town and many good restaurants.

Jernbanegade 18, 5000 Odense C, Denmark

+45 66 11 71 71

Home of Fairy Tales

We begin our tour from the central train station, whereas we go to Kings Garden and the beautiful palace, Odense Slot. You will see the Church of St. Hans, its well-preserved tombs, and a Gothic crucifix from the 15th century. We will stop near many other beautiful historical buildings on our way to Andersens House. Do you remember the little dog who had eyes the “size of a Round Tower of Copenhagen”? You will see him, among 18 other sculptures right on the city streets. At the end of the walking tour, we will go through the pedestrian area of Vestergade and adjacent streets, returning to the station past the lovely city theatre on Jernbanegade and the park, from which we started our tour.

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