Odense Denmark located on the way to Copenhagen is often over looked by visitors. We think that’s a shame. The third largest city in Denmark, and home, or at least birth place, of Hans Christian Andersen, the celebrated children’s author, should get a little tourist love, don’t you think?
A little trivia regarding the town’s name? Odense means “Odin’s Sanctuary”. This was one of the last places that worshipers of the the Viking god Odin, felt safe to worship when Christianity took hold. How’s a good Viking supposed to get to Valhalla with all this Christian stuff happening?
Things to See and Do in Odense Denmark
Odense has quite a number of interesting things to take in while you are in town. Aside from the obvious, visiting the childhood home of Hans Christian Andersen, there are several other sights to see as well.
The Danish Railway Museum: I don’t know what it is, but I know that many
people have a fascination with old trains, I certainly do. Built in 1975 to tell the story of Danish railways, it is the largest in Scandinavia.
Brandt’s Clothing Factory: With an unlikely name like that, you are probably wondering why it even deserves a mention. The reason is that since its renovation, the former clothing factory is now home to several trendy restaurants, shops, and very interesting museums.
- The Museum of Photograph
- Denmark’s Media Museum
- The Art Centre
But, honestly, if you are at all like me, there is only so much “museum-ing” that I can do, before I need to get and see the city, the area around it, and to take it all in. This usually involves bicycles, another reason to love Denmark, by the way, but also involves time on the water.
If this sounds like you, then you need to make sure that you take in the Odense River (Odense Å). This 54 kilometre long river is the longest on the island of Funen. The river meanders through several towns, and on its banks are many parks. You’ll fine a number of places to rent kayaks, canoes, and other water toys. And, if fishing is your thing, you can even rent appropriate tackle.
And, Odense Denmark also has its own zoo. We heard that it is quite good, but did not take it in. So I cant’t speak to it directly. If you go, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
And, there is a great castle just outside the town called Egeskov Castle. This is famous for being the best preserved moat castle in Europe.
Have fun and explore there really are a lot of things to see, and do, in Odense.
Places to Stay in Odense Denmark
Like any city of this size, you are going to find a pretty large number of hotels and b and b’s to stay in. The difficult time we had was finding one that we
thought was a place that was suitable, for our one night stay, and for yours.
We think the First Hotel Grand fills the bill quite well. A hotel that is very centrally located and close to just about everything.
The hotel has been kept in period and is very comfortable. We feel certain that you will find this hotel to be quite comfortable.
(Update: If you read other reviews on TripAdvisor, you will find that most have had equally positive things to say.)Jernbanegade 18, 5000 Odense C, Denmark +45 66 11 71 71 ODGR.Receptionen@firsthotels.dk More on First Hotel Grand.
So, take some time, stop in, and discover Odense Denmark. I feel pretty certain we will make our way back here for our own odyssey.
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