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Top Choice Museum in Odense

HC Andersens Hus

Lying amid the miniaturised streets of the old poor quarter (now often referred to the HCA Quarter), this museum delivers a thorough, lively telling of Andersen’s extraordinary life and times. His achievements are p…
Top Choice Museum in Odense


The former textile mill on Brandts Passage has been beautifully converted into a sprawling art centre, with thought-provoking, well-curated changing displays (including a riveting exhibition on tattooing when we las…
Top Choice European in Odense

Restaurant no.61

Winning plaudits for its embrace of classic European cooking, this cosy, farmhouse-chic bistro has a menu that changes monthly and is short, simple and seasonal. Each course presents two options: dishes plucked stra…
Top Choice Bar in Odense

Den Smagløse Café

This friendly, offbeat place describes itself as 'bringing to mind your grandmother's living room or your German uncle Udo's campervan'. It's hyggelig (cosy) in a slightly mad, wonderful way: old sofas and lamps, bo…
Danish in Odense

Den Gamle Kro

The romantic Gamle Kro spreads through several half-timbered 17th-century houses, with a glass-roofed courtyard and medieval cellar. Lunch options include classic smørrebrød, while dinner is a decadent French affair…
Museum in Odense

Carl Nielsen Museet

In Odense’s concert hall, displays detail the career of the city’s native son Carl Nielsen (1865–1931), Denmark’s best-known composer, and a skilled conductor and violinist. His music includes six symphonies, severa…
Museum in Odense

Den Fynske Landsby

Wind back the clock at this delightful open-air museum, which has relocated period houses from around Funen and created a small country village, complete with barnyard animals, a duck pond, apple trees and flower ga…
Museum in Odense

Brandts 13

In a stately building from 1884, this offshoot branch of Brandts presents changing contemporary art exhibitions: the likes of multimedia, video etc are nicely juxtaposed against the neoclassical architecture.
Cultural Centre in Odense

Børnekulturhuset Fyrtøjet

Next to HC Andersens Hus is the charming Fyrtøjet (The Tinderbox culture house for children), where kids are encouraged to explore the world of Hans Christian Andersen through storytelling and music (the storytellin…
Museum in Odense

HC Andersens Barndomshjem

The small childhood home of Hans Christian Andersen paints a picture of the writer's poverty-stricken childhood. He lived here from 1807 to 1819, aged two to 14.