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Experience Hans Christian Andersen's native city with green areas and a large zoo. In Odense you can see art at Brandts, a Railway museum, or a village from Hans Christian Andersen's time.

Childhood Home of Hans Christian Andersen. Photograph: Lennard Nielsen, VisitDenmark.
Childhood Home of Hans Christian Andersen. Photograph: Lennard Nielsen, VisitDenmark.

Hans Christian Andersen and Carl Nielsen

Odense, which is Denmark's third largest city, is centrally located on the island of Funen between Jutland and Zealand. In Odense you can see Hans Christian Andersen's house and discover Andersen's amazing fairy tale universe or listen to the music of Carl Nielsen, Denmark's greatest composer. You can also visit Denmark's Railway Museum and Brandts, which combines an art gallery, the Museum of Photographic Art and Denmark's Media Museum.

 

The Funen Village and Odense Zoo

Odense is laid out on a manageable scale with green areas and a stream that winds through the city. Along the stream you can find Odense Zoo, and you can visit the open-air museum The Funen Village, where half-timbered houses from Hans Christian Andersen's time have been recreated.
Odense is one of Denmark's oldest cities with a history that dates back more than 1000 years. Odense's cafés and restaurants offer excellent fare, and fresh produce can be bought directly from farm shops in the area. In Odense, there is also a campus of the University of Southern Denmark.

did you know

You can – almost – cycle through greater Odense without meeting a single car? Odense is Denmark's No.1 bicycle town and has 360 kilometres of grit and tarmac paths laid beside the streams and on disused railway lines.

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