With a population of 180000 inhabitants Odense is the third largest city of Denmark. It is located on the island of Funen, 168km west of Copenhagen, along the E20 motorway which connects Sweden with Germany via a number of bridges and tunnels.
The area around Odense has been settled for at least 4000 years, although the city itself was first mentioned towards the end of the 10th century AD. Odense flourished as a commercial centre during the Middle Ages, becoming northern Funen's commercial centre by the 17th century.
From a tourist perspective Odense has a pretty historic core, but the main reason to visit the city are the museum and home of Hans Christian Andersen, the famous author of children fairy tales who lived in Odense in the 19th century.
How to get to Odense
Odense can be reached by car, train or air (via the Copenhagen airport).
Accommodation
There are hotels and pensions, all bookable via the international booking portals.
01 Rosengardcentret shopping mall 02 Rosengardcentret shopping mall 03 Odense city hall 04 Sankt Knuds gothic church 05 Vestergade street decorations
06 Vestergade street decorations 07 Umbrella street decorations in Vintapper street 08 Vintapper pub area 09 Vintapper pub area 10 Vintapper pub area 11 Umbrella street decorations in Vintapper street
12 Umbrella street decorations in Vintapper street 13 Tall chimney 14 Mural painting 15 Odense city hall 16 Sankt Knuds gothic church 17 St Hans church
18 H C Andersen quarter 19 House of Hans Christian Andersen 20 Concert house 21 Hans Christian Andersen museum 22 Hans Christian Andersen museum
23 Odeon arts centre 24 Hans Christian Andersen square 25 House of Hans Christian Andersen
26 House of Hans Christian Andersen 27 House of Hans Christian Andersen 28 Scultura sculpture 29 St Alban church 30 St Alban church 31 St Alban church
32 Sankt Knuds church portal 33 Sankt Knuds church 34 Oceania statue 35 Hans Christian Andersen childhood home 36 Hans Christian Andersen childhood home
37 St Knuds church interior 38 St Knuds church interior 39 St Knuds church altar 40 St Knuds church altar 41 St Knuds church altar
42 St Knuds church interior 43 Oceania statue
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