Sankt Albani Kirke


With its seemingly endless, sharpened spire, Sankt Albani Kirke is an 1867 Catholic church whose exterior is interesting for the wooden knight and naive, coloured-vine motif over the door. Masses are now said in Polish and Vietnamese, and the latter community runs a recommended cafe next door.

The church is on the site of a 1504 former bishop's palace, sections of which still exist to the south. These were recently restored and used as university offices of the SDU, having been used as a 'convent for notable ladies' till the 1970s.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Odense attractions

1. Paaskestræde

0.04 MILES

For one of Odense's prettiest street scenes, stand at the corner of Adelgade and watch the little cottages tumbling down Paaskestræde towards the…

2. Tinsoldaten

0.06 MILES

The one-legged military figure outside a branch of Nelle's cafe-bar is not to commemorate a historical conflict but represents the Tin Soldier, sad hero…

3. Odense Domkirke

0.11 MILES

A feast of whitewashed Gothic arches and vaulting, Odense’s imposing cathedral took 200 years to build (1300–1499) with the tower added in the 1580s.

4. Oceania

0.12 MILES

With a classical face, seal-flipper feet and a triumphalist six-pack tummy, this astonishing female figure reclines naked on Odense's central square. But…

5. Børnekulturhuset Fyrtøjet

0.13 MILES

In the charming Fyrtøjet, children are encouraged to explore the world of Hans Christian Andersen through music and storytelling.

6. HC Andersens Hus

0.17 MILES

Lying amid the seemingly miniaturised streets of the former poor quarter is the sparse little cottage where Hans Christian Andersen was born. Visiting it…

7. Hans Andersen Statue

0.18 MILES

Outside the low-rise Radisson Blu hotel, Hans Christian Andersen sits with top hat on a seat awaiting selfies.

8. Albani Brewery

0.19 MILES

Founded in 1859, the city's ubiquitous Odense beers are brewed by Albani right in the heart of town, though the company is now part of conglomerate Royal…