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In Odense, you have the opportunity to get really close to H. C. Andersen, closer than any other place in the world. You can experience the poet’s birthplace, where his parents stayed with another family due to poverty. You can also visit his childhood home, which was the place where he discovered the world and began his poetic adventure. Also, when you walk through the city’s old streets, you will be able to feel the atmosphere from that time and explore in H.C. Andersen’s footsteps.

The route in H.C. Andersen’s footsteps also offers a stop at the H. C. Andersen’s Museum, where you can explore a unique collection of over 32,000 objects from his life.

HC Andersen - Odense - Photo by Eli Sivakova
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Odense, Denmark

Odense Zoo

Odense ZOO is an obvious choice, whether you are going on a family outing or a fun day with friends and the possibilities of the garden are many.
Among other things, you can:
  • help feed the giraffes and watch as the other animals are being fed.
  • take a picnic at a height of 12 meters in “Bøgetoppen”.
  • visit the large new playground “Chunga”.
  • maybe do an overnight stay in shelters on the savannah.
In short, it is no problem to spend a whole day here. Should you feel like it, you can enjoy your food in the beautiful park or visit one of the garden’s restaurants.
Odense ZOO has twice won the award Europe’s best Zoo of its size and with hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, there can be no doubt that Odense ZOO is, of course, worth a visit!
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You can also take a walk in the countryside in the middle of the city if you visit the Funen open-air museum Den Fynske Landsby (The Funen Village). Here we strive to create an understanding of our common cultural-historical roots and to be a living museum that gives a sense of life in the Funen villages in the 19th century. Here you can step directly into the history of Funen, and the museum’s activities and events help to make your visit very authentic. Activities at the museum follow the course of the seasons to suit the tasks of agriculture. In the village, the main goal is to grow food that can later be prepared by fireplaces or on old stoves. You also have the opportunity to go for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

During the year, various events are held, such as “Wool Day”, “Beer Brewing Day” and “Craftsman’s Day”.


Through H. C. Andersen’s footsteps, you will also pass Møntergården. Here you step back in time, where life takes place as in H. C. Andersen’s time. You will thus meet an authentic urban environment from the 19th century, where you can walk on cobbled streets between the farm hens. You can also see several different exhibitions, for example, “Funen – in the middle of the world”, “City life” and “Children’s backyard”.


Odense is home to Funen's largest art museum, Kunstmuseum Brandts, which is located by Brandts Passage and is Denmark's first museum for art and visual culture. Here you can experience the museum's various exhibitions and events in the unique old building complex with four floors. Every year, the museum presents ten new exhibitions which consist of modern and classical art, as well as today's pop culture images.
On the top floor, you can find a collection of more than 15,000 classic works of art, international photography, films and drawings and experience some of the world's best artists, photographers and image creators.
At Brandts, you will also find Brandts Café, which forms the setting for many of the museum's activities and where you can, of course, enjoy a nice cup of coffee. Also, you can visit Brandts Shop, which is Funen's only art bookstore, with a large selection of beautiful designs, crafts and gifts.

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