Top 7 things to do in Odense

things to do in Odense - buildings and streets of Odense

1. Rent a bike

The easiest way to get around and enjoy what this city has to offer is by bike. You can lend a city bike for 24 hours for free only with your mobile phone. Find more about how to rent a bike while visiting Odense here.things to do in Odense - a woman biking

2. H.C. Andersen Museum

The home of the famous author was bought in 1905 and open to public three years later. Since its opening the small, 72 sqm house has been a main attraction in the city of Odense for millions of people. Tourists from all around the world are eager to see where the fairy tale write was born and lived. things to do in Odense - the exterior of Hans Christian Andersen house, now museum

3. Odense Zoo

The Odense zoo was named as Funen´s most popular tourist attraction in 2008, and in 2013 received the title "Best in Europe" in its category. Also, for the period from 2013 to 2015, the zoo has kept this title. Make sure you make time and visit the zoo with your family!things to do in Odense - mongoose family in the Odense zoo


Brandts is Denmark´s first museum of art and visual culture. With an exhibition area of 5 000 sqm, it hosts more than 10 exhibitions a year. Brandts is perfect pit stop for all art lovers!

The museum collection consist of more than 15.000 classical art pieces, international photography, films and drawings. Give yourself plenty of time when visiting the museum, so you can enjoy art from around the world, works of some of the finest artists and photographers.

5. Egeskov Castle

Who’s got two thumbs and loves a great castle? You do! So step inside Egeskov Castle, one of Europe’s finest Renaissance buildings, complete with a real moat, spires, knight’s hall and ghastly creatures in the masonry. The young ones will love the PlayForest, a forest playground that will have them entertained for hours, as well as the wonder of the 3000-piece dollhouse. The gardens surrounding the castle is a true marvel and the perfect place for a leisurely stroll, just make sure you bring your camera.

If veteran cars, classic motorcycles or historic dresses are more your thing, then you’re in luck. Egeskov has an impressive exhibition of all three. The motorcycle exhition consists of 60 different vehicles spread across 600 m². Combine it with a visit to the automobile exhibition and you got yourself a trip to chrome heaven!things to do in Odense - gardens, exterior of Egeskov castle

6. Shop til you drop

Do you feel a burning sensation in your wallet? Or are you just looking for some Danish specialties to take home with you? Then Odense has got you covered! Stroll around in the streets and head into unique specialty shops or head indoors to the shopping centers. If the former is more your thing, then Kongensgade and Vestergade, situated right in the city center, is the perfect place to be no matter your budget. Here, you’ll find small local shops side by side with major international brands.

You might fancy the convenience of a modern mall and if that’s the case, stop by Rosengårdcentret shopping mall. With more than 150 shops across 100 000m² it stands as the second-largest mall in all of Denmark. Make sure to check out Visit Odense’s guide to shopping in the city for more great tips.things to do in Odense - two women choosing clothes in a shop

7. Dine in style with Danish delicacies

With all these things to do in Odense, you’re guaranteed to be feeling the hunger sneaking up on you as you explore. But have no fear, Danish food is here! You might know about the traditional “smørrebrød”, open faced sandwiches, and these tasty little things are ready to settle your hunger. How about a lunch stop at Kong Volmer? Located right next to Brandts this is the perfect place for a true Danish lunch, as they serve a variety of open faced sandwiches.

If you’re craving an upscale dinner experience, you don’t have to venture far when staying at our hotel in Odense. Our Restaurant Hans Christian is not only a great spot to start your Danish day out but also a top spot to relax and unwind after a day of adventures. Enjoy excellent Danish and French cuisine for dinner, or just enjoy a refreshing cocktail in the bar.

Well, what are you waiting for? We’ll see you in Odense!things to do in Odense - a plate of a traditional danish food

Book your stay at the Radisson Blu H.C. Andersen Hotel, Odense for the best experience!

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