The Island of Funen and Odense

Odense street

Danish regions: The Island of Funen and Odense

Denmark’s middle island of Funen and its archipelago offers a lush landscape of historic coastal towns and green islands. Funen is connected to Jutland and Sealand by bridge, making the island’s capital, Odense, an easy daytrip experience from Copenhagen and Aarhus. Funen is also a destination in its own right, offering fairytale experiences, castle stays and family fun.

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Attractions to visit in Odense

Recommended attractions on Funen

The hometown of Denmark’s legendary fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen, Odense is an old heritage mill town with museums, festivals and boutique shopping. The city is also reinventing its urban centre with tramways and new developments, such as the coming Hans Christian Andersen Fairytale Centre designed by Kengo Kuma, set to open in 2020.

H. C. Andersen childhood home

Hans Christian Andersen

Two museums are dedicated to the Danish storyteller, including his childhood home. There is also a children’s storytelling centre, The Tinderbox, where children can dress up and learn about Andersen’s fairytales through play. The annual Andersen Festival in August highlights Andersen’s fairytales for a contemporary audience. And you can also walk in the footsteps of Andersen on guided tours

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5 great reasons to visit Funen

1. An island of fairytales

2. The archipelago and nature

3. Castles and manors

4. Culinary experiences

5. Historic maritime towns



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Getting to and from

Nearest airport
: Billund Airport or Copenhagen Airport

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Ferry: Find your ferry route on

Tourist Office: VisitOdense
Vestergade 2,
5000 Odense C

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Hans Christian Andersen

In Hans Christian Andersen's footsteps

The world-famous fairy tale author of The Little Mermaid and other classics loved to explore Denmark. Take a tour of his childhood home in Odense and his favourite haunts in Copenhagen.

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