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Introduction

Odense

Odense

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Odense is Denmark's third largest and Funen's largest city with 169,000 inhabitants. The town lies at the Odense River, about 3 kilometres south of Odense Fjord. Odense was until 2006 the county seat of Funen County and before the former Odense County. Although Odense is not the hometown of the administration in Region South Denmark, the city is by far the largest in the region. Moreover, Odense also is home to Denmark's second largest hospital, after the National Hospital, the Odense University Hospital.

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Sights and Activities

  • Odense katedral (Odense domkirke) - From the outside visions Sct. Knud's Church, Odense Cathedral, not as much as it lies with City Hall enthroned close. But as soon as you enter the impressive nave, is perceived immediately a completely different, and suddenly you understand why many consider the church to be Denmark's most beautiful Gothic edifice. Sct. Canute's Church was built in 1300-century
  • H.C. Andersens house - The world famous fairytale writer is hard to get around during a visit to Odense, not surprisingly, the city is extremely proud to have been home for H.C. Andersen. Street names, statues, performances and more memories aware that it was here that the shoemaker's son came in its infancy. A visit to the exciting H.C. Andersen Museum is a great place to get a thorough insight into the character, the poet and author Hans Christian Andersen and his life in the Golden Age Denmark.
  • Art Brandts (Brandts klædefabrik) - If you stop and listen carefully, you can almost still hear the sizzling Staining and clattering looms in the premises at the Art Brandts. For over 100 years, the rooms filled with busy weavers and heavy machinery until the factory closed in 1977. It now houses Denmark's Media Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts and Brandts.
  • Odense Zoo - Today the Zoo have animals from around the world, among other things a 60 million dollars expensive "Oceanarium" opened in 2001 with South America's wildlife theme. Oceanium ranging from tropical rainforest with manatees in an artificial river to king penguins in a subantarktisk climate.

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Events and Festivals

  • H.C. Andersens birthday (02 Apr 2014 - 02 Apr 2014) - Each year celebrates Odense the known Dane's birthday with music, prizes and show
  • River day (Åens dag) - Music and outdoor activities. Although the river's Day is primarily aimed at the 14 to 18 year olds, the event is also open to all other age groups, and you can participate in all activities, regardless of age
  • Odense folke festival - Odense Folk Festival has never gone after the mainstream. The festival wants to present music of high quality regardless of how many albums, the band sells. This results in a program which contains both known, established names and young, emerging musicians who have just started a professional career.

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Weather

Odense, like the rest of Denmark, has a relatively cold maritime climate. Temperatures during summer average around or slightly above 20 °C, while winters are mostly around zero and snow occasionally falls as well.

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Getting There

By Plane

http://www.odense-lufthavn.dk|Odense Airport]] (ODE) offers charter flights to/from Naples, Pisa, Trieste, Chania, Palma de Mallorca, Split, Burgas, Skiathos, Corfu, Kavala and Antalya.

By Train

The Danish State Railways offers a wide range of domestic train services and it's mostly about 1.5 hours or a little more to places like Copenhagen, Aarhus or Esbjerg.

By Car

The main highway between east (Zealand) and west (Jutland) Denmark, the E20, runs trough the southern suburbs of the city.

By Bus

Fynbus provides services in the region, including buses to most destinations on Funen and several in Jutland and on Zealand.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Odense Danhostel CityOstre Stationsvej 31Hostel79
Alberte Bed & BreakfastSophie Breums Vej 10GUESTHOUSE70

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Keep Connected

Internet

While Internet cafés are present in most larger cities, they are usually not geared for tourists and hence they can be a bit tricky to find. Hotels usually provide both wireless internet and computers with internet access, but whether this service is provided for free, varies greatly. Many cafés and bars also provide free wireless internet for paying customers, even when it is not signposted, so it is always a good idea to ask. A lot of the McDonalds restaurants in Denmark have a couple of internet terminals available for their customers. The easiest way to get online is often the public library, as there is one in almost every town. Public libraries are usually centrally located, well signposted (look for Bibliotek) and always free. There can be a bit of waiting time to get a free computer though, but there will normally also be some sort of reservation system in place.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112. Denmark's international phone country code is 45. The prefix for international dialing is "00" or '+' (on a mobile phone). Bring your own unlocked GSM phone to make calls. Prepaid SIM cards are available at most shops and international calling can be reasonably priced. Any prepaid credit is generally only valid for calls made in Denmark, but can be purchased in small amounts to avoid waste when you leave. International collect calls are not allowed from phone booths, which are all ran by the TDC company. You should be able to make international call with the prepaid SIM cards anyways.

Post

Post Danmark A/S is Denmark's national postal service, and has a good reputation regarding service, speed and reliability. Sending a standard letter or postcard (up to 50 grams) costs 5 DKK within Denmark, 8 DKK to other European countries and 9 DKK outside Europe. Parcels up to 1 kilogram start at 75 DKK within Denmark, but are mostly 200 DKK or more to all other countries. The website has details about more prices and also about the opening hours of post offices, which vary widely from region to region but are usually open from around 9:30am until 5:00pm, 5:30pm on Thursdays. Most are open on Saturdays until 1:00pm. Apart from the post offices, some kiosks and newsagents sell stamps as well, and you will find postcards in many places. National and overseas mail must be placed in the red letterboxes that you will find almost everywhere. Collection times are posted on the letterboxes. As an alternative for sending parcels internationally, you might consider companies like TNT, UPS, DHL or FedEx, as they are fast, reliable and competitively priced in general.

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