Odense is situated on the island of Funen, right in the heart of Denmark. It is the country’s third-largest city, with 200,000 inhabitants. Odense is easy to reach, easy to navigate, and easy to feel at home in.
The city of Odense has a strong vision for its continuous growth and welfare, encouraging big dreams and challenging the norms through festivals, conferences and other events on an international scale. An ambitious urban development plan is currently reshaping large parts of the city, which will be connected by an environment-friendly light rail.
This transformation further consolidates Odense’s position as a centre of innovation, knowledge and education, where strong clusters in robotics, drones, health technology, and IT are booming.
What to See
When you stay in Odense, we encourage you to take in the local sights and we think the top three must-sees are:
- The Hans Christian Andersen House – according to Lonely Planet it is among the top 12 museums to visit in Europe.
- The historic quarter – a Michelin guide favorite.
- Art Museum Brandts – featuring 10-12 internationally acclaimed exhibitions every year.
If you need further information about these attractions or some of the many other great things Odense has to offer, please visit www.visitodense.com
Eat & Drink
Odense is filled with restaurants and cafés all providing their own favorite foods and beverages. If you want to do some research before you come, head on over to www.visitodense.com/gastro for a look at the best places to dine in Odense.
Here are some of our local favorites:
- Storms Pakhus: At Storms Pakhus in Odense you will find the most passionate entrepreneurs on Funen, working with gastronomy and creativity. Here, you can discover the many exciting food stalls, bars and creative workshops. Storms Pakhus also called Pakhuset is an ideal place to go with friends or colleagues to enjoy a good craft beer & street food or to take part in one of the many events.
- Madklubben: The menu is characterized by modern day classics which are defined by the ingredients that are in season. And when the weather allows it, you can also take a seat at our large outdoor terrace. It has a spectacular view for people watching in the dead center of Gågaden.
- Café Skt. Gertrud: A local classic, offering a French bistro-inspired atmosphere and menu. Be sure to book in advance, as it is often packed on weekends.
- Visit Cocktailbar: If you are looking for a cocktail, make sure to check out Visit, but be sure to book in advance, as it is often packed on weekends.
- Christian 4-tal: One of our favorite spots to enjoy a craft beer.
Billund and Copenhagen airports are directly connected to more than 100 cities all over the world and handle 32 million passengers every year. Copenhagen Airport also offers a direct train service to Odense.
Transfer by bus and train from Billund takes app. 1 hour 15 minutes. The time to get from Copenhagen Airport to Odense is app. 1½ hours on the train. From Hamburg you can travel by train directly to Odense railway station. Travel time approx. 4 hours. The Danish national railways are called DSB. Getting train tickets in Denmark is easy. Just download the “DSB APP”, or buy them at the vending machines at the stations.
Several car rental services are available from both airports, and many cities including Odense.