ODENSE – HISTORIC CHARM AND FAIRYTALES!
Let Odense cast its spell on you! Nestled in the heart of the city overlooking its quaint cobblestone streets, the luxury Radisson Blu H.C. Andersen Hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Hans Christian Andersen Museum and great shopping. For golf enthusiasts, there are numerous 18-hole golf courses nearby, while the fascinating 16th century Egeskov Castle is just half an hour away.
Today Odense is known worldwide as Hans Christian Andersen’s birthplace, and tourists from around the world flock here to see H.C. Andersen’s house. As a guest at the Radisson Blu H.C. Andersen Hotel, you are staying only a few steps away – you simply won’t find a better location.
Furthermore, the King’s Garden and Odense Castle, which has played a significant role in the city’s history, are only a few minutes’ walk from the hotel. Founded as a monastery, the castle was taken over by the King after the reformation and used as accommodation for the monarch of the time. In the 1700s, it was rebuilt in its present form. In the so-called Governor period during the early 1800s, the successive crown princes were governors of Funen and Langeland using the castle as their domicile. Today the castle is used by the municipality’s cultural administration.
With the industrialization in the mid-1800s, the city grew and several large companies were formed: Thomas B. Thrige’s factories, the Albani breweries and Odense Steel Shipyard.
Odense stream, Funen’s longest stream, runs through the city to Odense Fjord where the harbour is currently being developed into an area for residential and commercial use, and you can already take a stroll along the newly built promenade. However, there is still room for the ships. Speaking of Odense stream – did you know that this is the stream you sing about in the traditional Danish song ‘Sejle op ad åen’ [Sailing up the stream]?
In the 1960s, Odense underwent a dramatic change with the construction of the street Thomas B. Thriges Gade, which according to many destroyed the city and divided it into two parts. 2008 saw the equally drastic decision of closing the busy street and transforming the area into a completely new district with housing, businesses and retail stores. The project is expected to be completed in 2020, and while it’s in progress the city’s creative and imaginative citizens are using it for temporary activities. So stop by and follow the exciting project up close.
Treat yourself to a visit to Bazar Funen, which has been set up in the buildings that used to be Thomas B. Thrige’s factories. Here you will meet the entire world under one roof. In an atmosphere of seductively scented spices you can wander around and let yourself be tempted by all sorts of fruits, vegetables and other delicacies, see the goldsmith doing his art and admire the florists’ wonderful explosion of colours. In the bazar’s cafés, you can sample all the delicious goodies. An exciting, colourful and exotic experience.
The Rosengård Centre is Denmark’s second largest shopping centre with over 160 shops. Here you can find almost everything, from groceries to fashion and interior design, cinema and gym. Thanks to its excellent selection of products, its bright, friendly atmosphere and clean environment, the Rosengård Centre has repeatedly been voted Denmark’s best shopping centre. Well worth a visit!
The flea market at Odense Harbour is Odense’s largest of its kind. This is the place to make a great find – or just enjoy the atmosphere and visit the many stands showcasing everything from second-hand items stored in attics and basements to fine antiques.
Funen is also called the garden of Denmark, and if you explore the surrounding area, you will inevitably encounter some of the island’s many farm shops and roadside stalls. Drop in and let yourself be tempted by the many fresh and often organic products such as fruit and vegetables, delicious sausages and meat.
Møntergården is Odense’s archaeological and historical museum in the old part of town. The museum consists of several buildings, which span a period of 500 years. Here you will gain detailed insight into past building customs and life in the city over the centuries.
The Gothic St Knud’s Church from the 1300s was named after King Knud the Holy, who was murdered in the church in 1086. In the crypt, you can see his skeleton, and King Christian II is also buried in the church. Also note the great altarpiece carved by Claus Berg in the 1500s.
For train enthusiasts, a visit to the Railway Museum is a must. Over an area of 6,000 m2 you can experience impressive steam locomotives and diesel-driven MY locomotives, railway cars with hard wooden benches for passengers who had to travel in 3rd class, and elegant saloon cars that transported the king and his family around the country.
Today, Brandt’s Clothing Factory is a vibrant centre of art and culture with indoor and outdoor concerts, art exhibitions, workshops and cinema. You can also sit back and enjoy the visiting crowds over a beer or a cup of coffee. There is always something happening.
In the southern part of the city, you can visit the countryside in the Funen Village, an open air museum with half-timbered houses and farms, which originally were built in other parts of Funen, but now have been gathered to form a historical environment with blooming gardens, livestock and ponds.
In Fyrtøjet [The Tinderbox], the children’s culture house, the little ones (and their parents) get a vivid insight into H.C. Andersen’s fairy tales through play, theatre and an art school. Each year has a different theme.
The Carl Nielsen Museum gives you an insight into the composer’s life and work, and that of his wife, the sculptor Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen. The museum’s opening hours have been adjusted so that your visit can be combined with a concert in Odense Concert Hall.
There is much more to see and do in Odense, but also take the time to explore the scenic landscape of Funen, where the manor houses are placed like pearls on a string. We hope you enjoy your stay!
Each year the international Carl Nielsen competition in Odense Concert Hall draws musicians and audiences from near and far to the city for a truly international experience. The instrument on which the participants compete, changes from year to year.
Naturally, Odense also organizes its annual Christmas markets. The Hans Christian Andersen Christmas Market lights up the winter darkness with market stalls, Christmas lights and lots of entertainment. An atmosphere that will warm you up in the winter cold. In the art building The Philosopher you will find a Christmas art market, where you can buy handcrafted Christmas presents from all over the country.
Odense Theatre is Denmark’s second oldest. As a regional theatre scene, the theatre is committed to a diverse repertoire with Danish and foreign classics, music and dance performances. Definitely worth a night on the town.
The people of Funen love good food, and this leaves its mark on the city. In Odense you will find a rich selection of restaurants with Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Italian, Mexican, French and Danish cuisine. You can choose between a cheap meal at one of the many ethnic restaurants and/or be pampered at one of the city’s gourmet restaurants.
Fortunately, you do not have to go far for a gastronomic experience – Restaurant Hans Christian at the Radisson Blu H.C. Andersen Hotel will tempt you with a Danish/French cuisine based on the very best raw ingredients.
Odense is also a university city, so the cafés are busy from morning to night. Take a seat and enjoy a beer from the local brewery Albani, a caffè latte or a light and delicious meal. Also, you do not want to miss out on a meal at one of the surrounding area’s quaint inns.
If you enjoy dancing till dawn, you can let your hair down at one of the city’s nightclubs. There are plenty to choose from, both for those who prefer elegant surroundings as well as those who like a more cheerful and unpretentious atmosphere.