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Explore Odense

A rendering of the gardens and exterior of the Hans Christian Andersen museum in Odense, Denmark

All the best things to see in Odense

Once apon a time, there was a little Danish city that gave birth to the most famous fairytale writer in the world. Yes, Mr Hans Christian Andersen hails from the city of Odense in Denmark, with its characterful old streets, inspiring museums and strong cycling culture. Come explore Odense and find your own happy ever after. 

The fairytale experience

We couldn't be more excited...from summer 2021, Odense will be home to a brand new museum all about Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, from The Little Mermaid to The Ugly Duckling, full of interactive exhibits and surrounded by magical gardens.  

More things to see and do in Odense

Odense's top attractions include a fairytale castle, its modern harbour and its cycling culture. It's a pretty green place too, with 120 parks and 250 playgrounds.

How to visit Odense

Day trip alert: Odense is 167km from Copenhagen - that's just over an hour by fast train, or two hours by car. Odense is also under 1.5 hours from AarhusTrains run from all over Denmark’s mainland (Jutland) to Odense, as well as from Copenhagen Central Station.

Festivals and events

Is it us, or do Odense's festivals and events have a touch of magic to them?

What else to see in Odense?

Fairytales do come true...

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