The largest city on the Island of Funen, Odense is a Danish cultural hotbed.
The composer Carl Nielsen and fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen were born here in the 19th century.
As you’d guess there are several sights and attractions to seek out relating to these giants of Danish culture, but you can also get a feel for a new generation of creators at Brandts a stylish culture district in the Latin Quarter.
Don’t forget to see Egeskov Castle either, a building that, quite fittingly, could be straight out of a fairytale.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Odense:
1. Egeskov Castle
To call “Egeskov Castle” dazzling would be a rank understatement; it’s one of Europe’s most beautiful buildings, a renaissance water castle that looks the same now as it did when it was constructed in 1554.
It sits in the middle of a small lake, forming the castle’s moat and is elevated from the lakebed by oak piles. In essence it’s a stately home with fortifications, as the castle dates to a time of civil unrest in the build-up to the Protestant Reformation.
The conical towers at each end have arrow slits and machiolations (holes for dropping scalding oil or water on attackers!).
Oh, and if you like classic vehicles you’ll love the interior, as there’s a neat collection of vintage cars and bikes to see.