Odense Tourism

The town takes its name seriously at the very least: it means Odin’s Shrine. If you haven’t already become familiar with Marvel’s take on Viking mythology, Odin was the King of all Nordic gods. In 1988, the celebrated thousand years of existence with the planting of a forest.

Even during the early 17th century, Odense was a pretty popular trading town in the region. A series of clashes with Sweden however, left the town economically weak till the 19th Century when a canal was built linking Odense to the Baltic Sea. The town rapidly assumed the identity of an important port and hasn’t looked back since.

All this history has nothing to do with the town’s greatest attractor: the fact that it was the birthplace of that most beloved of children’s stories, Hans Christian Anderson. The city is extremely proud of and grateful to this citizen of theirs, with quite a few attractions around town being dedicated to him and his works.

Essential travel information and Odense tips for your visit

Do's

  • Finish everything on your plate.
  • Make eye contact during a toast and raise glass to eye level.
  • Leave a 10% tip at restaurants.
  • Open a gift immediately. Wrap flowers before giving.
  • Say thank you a lot.

 Don’ts

  • Don’t arrive more than 15 minutes late.
  • Don’t shake hands with men first.
  • Don’t call anyone by their first name till invited to do so.
  • Don’t try too much small talk.
  • Don’t be touchy feely.
  • Know the pollution level of Odense before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 18.18 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 21.43 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 7.14 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 21.43 (Low)
  • How safe is Odense for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Odense.

    • Burglary and Theft 20.24 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 23.81 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 23.81 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 13.75 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 15.48 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 21.43 (Low)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 28.57 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.67 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 71.43 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 32.5 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 28.57 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Odense is 191.77 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 77.23 (High)
    • Climate Index 80.32 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 19.86 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42.8 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 84.31 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 81.54 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.78 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 104.05 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Odense

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 15.3 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.51 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 114.76 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 97.78 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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