One of the largest cities in Denmark, Odense is the main settlement of the island of Fyn. It is ideally positioned between Jutland to the west and Zeeland to the west, serving as a crossroads, but there is plenty to explore in Odense itself. The cityscape hints at a place with centuries of history behind it; indeed, Odense was founded back in 988 AD. The city is renowned for its breweries, university campuses and is known for being the home town of legendary children’s author Hans Christian Andersen. It’s also one of the best places in Denmark to go shopping, given that it’s the third biggest city in the entire country, while its nightlife attracts thousands of visitors every night.
Some of the streets in central Odense tend to be narrow, meaning a small car is the best possible thing to drive here. It would come in handy for street parking if some parking lots are jammed.
Driving in Odense
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Important things to note
The Great-Belt Bridge, which connects Fyn with Zeeland to the east, requires a toll payment of 235 DKKHoly. H one-way.
Driving to Jutland to the west, no toll payment is needed. However, traffic is sometimes a problem, especially along the E20.
To get around the suburbs of Odense, be sure to take the O2 ring road, which goes around most of the city.
Highlights & Hotspots
In celebration of its most famous son, the Hans Christian Andersen Museum is well worth visiting. Part of the museum is actually located in the house where the author apparently grew up, while the artefacts on show include clippings from his many stories.
Brandts Klædefabrik is the city’s most notable cultural hotspot. It has two museums – the Danish Museum of Media and the Photographic Arts Museum. In between the two, there are shops, bars and a music library.
Saint Knuds Kirke, the city’s cathedral, was built in honour of King Canute the Holy. Having been built in the 11th century, it was rebuilt around 200 years later. The body of King Canute actually lies beneath its altar.
Football is very popular in Odense. Odense Boldklub, the city’s main football team, play at the TRE-FOR Park, which holds more than 15,000 spectators. They play in the top division in Danish football, coming up against the country’s best teams.
Odense Airport is the city‚Äôs air terminal, located five miles north of the city centre. It primarily offers seasonal flights to destinations in southern Europe, although flights to Billund Airport are available all year round.
To get to the airport from the city centre, drive onto the ring road. Then, go clockwise toward the 162. Then, take a left turn onto the 327 and go left onto the Lufthavnvej, which leads to the airport.