Are you looking for what to do in Odense?
There are several museums and cathedrals to be seen in Odense, some of them are tributes to famous personalities like Hans Andreessen and Carl Nielsen (The famous Dane Music composer.) Some of the best places to visit are:
- The Odense Zoo: The Odense Zoo is one of the major tourist attractions in Denmark as a country and occupies 4 hectares on both sides of the Odense River. It is approximately 30-40 minutes from the city center and can be reached either by walking along the riverbanks (There are signs pointing the way) or by boat. One can also rent a paddle boat or kayak to get to the Zoo. The Zoo features animals from all over the world and also features an indoor rainforest through which they utilize to give a South American tour. A great place for kids and adults alike to take in the sights and enjoy the great outdoors.
- The Funen Village: The Funen Village is an open-air museum that approximately 40 minutes away from Odense proper. It features a number of buildings which date back to the 18th century and was founded in 1945. One can experience how the Danes used to live more than 200 years ago which is depicted by “Living History” i.e people dressed in the traditional costume of that period and going about their daily chores to give some insight into what village life in Funen was like.
- The Hans Christian Andersen Museum: As the man who literally put Odense on the global map, Hans Andersen is a venerated and much respected personality who came out of Odense. There are 13 squares around the city which are related to him in some way or the other. The Museum is one of the first writer museum in the world and is a tribute to the life and work of this great author and celebrated children’s fairytale creator. The Hans Andersen Childhood home is another attraction dedicated to the author and shows the house in its original 1800’s condition which is when he grew up.
- The Carl Nielsen Museum: Another great personality who grew up in Odense, Carl Nielsen was a world renowned classical music composer. The museum is dedicated to both him and his wife, Anne Marie Carl Nielson, who was a celebrated sculptor. The museum is dedicated to their lives and their works over the years and is largely comprised of a bequest from the couple’s children. It contains much of the furniture they used during their lifetime and also has a shop where one to buy assorted classical music from the period. The Carl Nielson House is also an attraction, being the home that the great man grew up in.
- St. Knuds Kirke: The cathedral of St. Knud the Holy (King Knud who was assassinated and then canonized as a saint) the only example of Gothic architecture in Denmark, one can view his crypt and that of his brother in the cathedral.
Below we have a list of things to do in Odense and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.
This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Odense getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.
Make the most of your trip to Odense with confidence.