Odense Denmark is home to the famous author Hans Christian Andersen - the fairy tale writer. It is a cultural city, located on the island of Funen, and is one of many cities to visit whilst in Scandinavia, Denmark.

Also known as Denmark's bicycle city, Odense provides picturesque scenery for you to stroll and observe from garden parks to cobbled streets and a wide array of tourist attractions from museums, theatres and lively shopping streets.  

See the history of Hans Christian Andersen's life and work in a museum dedicated to the famous fairy tale stories. Find a new fairy tale writer and visit the Tinder Box - a centre for children to write their stories, create their own music and make their own plays.

Witness how music and art have played a part in the history of Odense from galleries, concert halls and museums. Exhibit the work of local artists and share their enthusiasm for a thriving city blessed with creativity. 

Things to see and do in Odense

Enjoy your short break to Ribe Byferie

Odense provides a thriving range of attractions to visit from museums, galleries, historic buildings to many cafés and restaurants. Here are some highlights of what Ribe has to offer: 

Odense's Cathedral - Sankt Knud Kirke

An imposing 14th-century gothic cathedral reflects creativity and stature.

HC Andersens Hus

A museum dedicated to the extraordinary life of Hans Christian Andersen from his books, sketches and paper cuttings.

Museet for Fotokunst

This museum is dedicated to photographic arts with ever changing work from national and international practitioners.

Odense Zoo

Denmark's second largest zoo home to many species of animals with large enclosures from tigers, lions, giraffes, chimpanzees and more.

Munke Mose Park

The riverside provides an ideal opportunity for a picnic, relaxed stroll or boat trip.

Odense Boat trips

A 35 minute boat trip runs en route to Odense Zoo.

Shopping in Odense

Enjoy your short break to Ribe Byferie

The buzzing city of Odense makes it a great place to shop. Aside of the cobbled streets and medieval buildings, there are many places to buy yourself a gift or souvenir.

The Rosengårdcentret is a huge indoor shopping centre with 145 shops, restaurants and a cinema - a must for those who like to shop!

The Radhuset market outside of the town hall provides a good opportunity for something unique and the Nedergrade may be of interest for antique lovers.

Eating out in Odense

Odense offers a variety of places to eat, each suited to different budgets with many staying open until midnight. Here are a selection:

Bazar Fyn

Selling Arabic cakes, Turkish bread, fresh figs, coconuts, spiced couscous and more - Bazar Fyn isan ideal place to try something unique.

Mona Rosa 

A cosy Mexican restaurant where there are outdoor tables in a courtyard between half timbered houses. The menu includes Mexican favourites from chilli con carne, burritos steaks and more.


With charming waiters and dazzling white interior this restaurant provides a great experience whilst serving a long menu of Greek favourites such as moussaka, souvlaki and dishes suitable for vegetarians.

Den Gamle Kro

A beautiful glass roof court yard serving traditional Danish recipes with a wide array of wines is a perfect restaurant for a couple. 

Restaurant Klitgaard

Using fresh, local grown, seasonal produce - this small gourmet restaurant offers high quality food.