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[[Image:Michael'sFirst Day. 001.jpg|thumb{{pagebanner|300px|A picturesque street in Odense's Old-Quarterbanner.]]jpg}} 
'''Odense''' [http://www.visitodense.com] is the unofficial capital and largest city on the island of [[Funen]] (da.Fyn) in [[Denmark]]. As Denmark's third-largest city, it offers the traveller a mixture of an exciting vibrant night-life, beautiful street-scapes, great shopping opportunities & a rich cultural heritage.
[[Image:HCAOdense.jpg|thumb|250px|Hans Christian Andersen house]]
[[Image:021 21.JPG|thumb|250px|The old windmill at The Funen Village.]]
[[Image:A Rainy Day (12th May 2007) 010.jpg|thumb|250px|Live Jazz in Odense.]]
[[Image:Museum_096.jpg|thumb|250px|An example of the many 15th & 16th Century buildings in Odense.]]
==Understand==
[[Image:Michael'sFirst Day. 001.jpg|thumb|350px|A picturesque street in Odense's Old-Quarter.]]
Odense is roughly in the centre of [[Funen]], which lies between the larger Zealand island & the Jutland peninsula. The first recorded reference to the city dates back to 988 AD in a letter from the German Kaiser Otto III.
Odense is roughly in the center of [[Funen]], which lies between the larger Zealand island & the Jutland peninsula. The first recorded reference to the city dates back to 988 AD in a letter from the German Kaiser Otto III. Some recent archaeological finds findings have indicated that a settlement has in fact been around since the Viking period. At that time , however, Odense was just the small centre of the Odin cult. In 1100, the first monastery, St. Knud's was established by English Benedictine monks.
Up until the middle of the 17th century, Odense enjoyed the position as a main trading-centre for the people from the surrounding areas. Local produce & livestock were exported from the city. However , a war with Sweden in the 1600s weakened the city's economy, this . This economic downturn continued until 1803 when a canal linking Odense & the Baltic Sea was opened. This swiftly changed Odense into a port city & over the next 100 years Odense quickly developed into the modern industrial city which it is today.
Currently Odense has a population of 185,871 people, thus making it Denmark's 3rd largest city.
Odense is...
* Roughly between 90 minutes & 2 hours from Copenhagen City. Trains depart 2-3 times an hour. (Average cost: 220dkk)
* Around 105 minutes from [[ÅrhusAarhus]].
* Between 80 and 110 minutes from [[Esbjerg]] in southern Jutland.
* About 45 minutes from [[Svendborg]] in the south of Funen
===By car===
'''Odense''' is situated in the centre of the island [[Funen]] (da.Fyn), and although not technically correct, many Danes consider it to be the centre of Denmark. The main highway between east ([[Zealand]]) and west ([[Jutland]]) Denmark, the E20, runs trough the southern suburbs of the city. If you are driving from Germany, this highway branches of the highway from Germany (E45) right after the Kolding Ø exit. It is important to note that there is a toll for crossing the Great-Belt Bridge from Zealand to Funen, the cost is 200 235 DKK one-way.
===By bus===
The cream coloured buses from FynBus [http://www.fynbus.dk/uk/velkom/] travel to Odense from locations all over the island of Funen, [[Fredericia]] in [[Jutland]], and [[Nykøbing Falster|Nykøbing]] on the island of [[Falster]].
Regional buses arrive at & depart from the regional bus hub which can be found behind Odense Train Station on the north side of the railway. These are not to be confused with the local busses buses which depard depart from within the train station terminal on the south side of the railway. The Intra-city buses can be regognized recognized from the regional buses by the length of the line number. Two-digit number lines are intra-city while 3-digit numbers are regional and inter-city.  
===By yacht===
==Get around==
 
[[Image:Odense.png|thumb|450px]]
===By foot===
=== By taxi===
Taxis are relatively abundant throughout the city, but they are quite pricey when compared to local buses. Areas which usually have a large amount of taxis waiting to pick up customers include, the taxi pick-up point at the trainstation, outside the Rosengård centre & at FisktorvetFisketorvet.
On a Friday or Saturday night taxis can be found all over the city. You can hail a taxi on the street, or ask in a bar/restaurant for them to get one sent to come pick you up. It should be noted that taxis do cost more at night time.
===By boat===
[[Image:012 12.JPG|thumb|250px|Odense Riverboat, from the town to The Funen Village.]]
For those interested in a more relaxed break, a river boat (Odense Åfart) can be taken from the bridge in Munke Mose Park (Nyvestergade) to the Zoo & to the forest next to 'The Funen Village'. The journey, which takes around 30 minutes, is a very relaxing way of seeing Odense river, the Danish countryside & to just relax on a summers day. Sometimes live jazz bands occasionally play on-board during the summer months.
===By bus===
The buses from Odense Bytrafik[http://www.bybussen.dk] are available all over Odense, and fairly frequent. All city buses cost 16 18 DKK regardless of for trips in the destinationcity, or 20 DKK for trips in the suburbs as well as trips between the city and the suburbs. A map of available bus lines can be found here [http://odensebytrafik.ziteman.com/archive/PDF/K%C3%B8replan/Aktuel_Liniekort.pdf]. The the ''Funen village'' take city bus 21 or 22 or regional bus lines 110 or 111, throughout most of the day these lines combined makes for departures every 10 minutes from the city centre. For ''Odense Zoo'' take bus 110/111 from the train station to the ''Skt. Knuds Gymnasium'' stop and walk from there, these buses depart around every 30 minutes and cost 20 kroner.
===By train===
==See==
[[Image:Odense_St_Canutes.jpg|thumb|250px|Skt Knud Church]]
* <see name="Brandts Klædefabrik" alt="" address="Brandts Torv 1" directions="" phone="+45 65 20 70 00" url="http://brandts.dk/" hours="Tu-Su 10AM-5PM except Th noon-9PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The art & cultural centre of Odense. Contains two museums; The Danish Museum of Media which focuses on all types of media and their history and the museum of photographic arts museum specializing in photography, there is also a gallery with changing exhibitions in its four large halls. And also specialist shops, a music library, a specialist cinema, bars & a post office.</see>
* <see name="Carl Nielsen Museum" alt="" address="Claus Bergs Gade 11" directions="" phone="+45 65 51 46 01" url="http://www.odmus.dk/db2/main.asp?kap=618" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A museum which honours the life of the classical music composer, Carl Nielsen, who was born just outside of Odense and is primarily known in Scandinavia and the UK for his 6 symphonies. Carl Nielsen is the portrait featured on the front side of the Danish hundred-kroner note.</see>
* <see name="Brandts KlædefabrikDanish Railway Museum" alt="" address="Brandts Torv 1Dannebrogsgade 24" directions="" phone="+45 65 20 70 0066 13 66 30" url="http://brandtswww.jernbanemuseum.dk/" hours="TuDaily 10-Su 10AM-5PM except Th noon-9PM16 (Closed 1 January, 24, 25 and 31 December.)" price="Admission: Children 5-13 30 DKK , Adults DKK 60, Families 150 DKK 120 (2 adults and 3 children)" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+45 66 19 02 20">The art & cultural centre of OdenseA museum dedicated to the Danish railways. Contains two museums; The Danish Museum of Media which focuses on all types of media and their history and the museum dozens of photographic arts museum specializing in photographyold trains, there carriages & rail road memorabilia over 10.000m2. There is also a gallery with changing exhibitions in it's 4 large halls. And also specialist shops, model train landscape and a music library, a specialist cinema, bars & a post officeride-on miniature railway and playground for the children.</see> * <see name="Carl Nielsen Museum" alt="" address="Claus Bergs Gade 11" directions="" phone="+45 65 51 46 01" url="http://www.odmus.dk/db2/main.asp?kap=618" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A museum which honours On public holidays and during the life of schools summer vacation the classical music composer, Carl Nielsen, who was born just outside of Odense and is primarily known museum also arranges train rides in Scandinavia and the UK for his 6 symphonies. Carl Nielsen is the portrait featured old vintage steam trains to various destinations on the front side of the Danish hundredFunen -kroner notecall ahead for dates and reservations.</see>
* <see name = "Danish Railway MuseumEgeskov Castle" alt="" address = "Dannebrogsgade 24Egeskov Gade 3, Kværndrup" directions = "" phone = "+45 66 13 66 30" email= "[email protected]" fax = "+45 66 19 02 2062 27 10 16" url = "http://www.jernbanemuseumegeskov.dk/" hours = "Daily 1010AM-16 5PM (Closed 1 Januaryor 7PM in June/August), 24, 25 and 31 December.)closes during winter" price="Admission: Children 5-13 220 DKK 20, Adults DKK 48, Families DKK 120 (2 adults and 3 children)" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax=""> A museum dedicated to One of Europe's best preserved are the Danish railwaysRenaissance water castles, dating back from 1554, about 30 km south. Contains dozens of old trainsThe current owner, Count Ahlefeldt, has added numerous features, carriages & rail road memorabilia over 10.000m2. There is also including a large model train landscape and a ridemaze, walk-among-on miniature railway and playground for the children. On public holidays treetops and during the schools summer vacation the a veteran auto museum, toy museum also arranges train rides , kitchen garden, and more, all in old vintage steam trains to various destinations on Funen - call ahead for dates and reservationsa scenic park.</see>
* <see name="[[Image:Egeskov2.jpg|thumb|250px|Egeskov Castle" alt="" address="Egeskov Gade 3, Kværndrup" directions="" phone="+45 62 27 10 16" url="http://egeskov.dk/" hours="Daily 10AM-5PM (or 8PM in June/August)" price="175 DKK" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">One of Europe's best preserved is Europe's best preserved Renaissance water castles, dating back from 1554, about 30 km south. The current owner, Count Ahlefeldt, has added numerous features, including a maze, walk-among- the treetops and a veteran auto museum, toy museum, kitchen garden, and more, all in a scenic park.</see>]]
* <see name="Hans Christian Andersen Museum" alt="" address="Bangs Boder 29" directions="" phone="+45 65 51 46 01" url="http://museum.odense.dk/museums/hans-christian-andersen-museum.aspx" hours="Daily Tues-Sun 10AM-4PM (or 6 PM in July-August)" price="55 85 DKK for entrance" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A museum dedicated to the city's most famous son, author and poet Hans Christian Andersen, most famous for his fairy tales and in particular The Ugly Duckling and the Little Mermaid. Part of the museum is located in the house where Andersen was supposedly born (though he would never confirm it). The impressive collection is mainly documents from his life and times, period furniture, and many drawings and paper clippings he is famous for at home. </see>
* <see name="Hans Christian Andersen's Garden" alt="" address="Town Centre, behind Saint Knuds Kirke" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url=""> A garden commemmorating H.C. Andersen. Large flower arrangements, a river & an ice cream shop make this park an ideal location for a picnic. The small attractions of the park include a pergola, the “Chinese Wall” a statue of Hans Christian Andersen and close by – in the river – there is a sculpture of a paperboat (a prop from one of H.C. Andersens fairy tales).</see>
* <see name="Odense Zoo" alt="" address="Sdr. Boulevard 306" directions="" phone="+45 66 11 13 60" url="http://www.odensezoo.dk/site/engelsk/planlaeg/aabningstider" hours="10AM-4PM (or 6PM in summer)" price="Children: 55 DKK, Adults: 110 DKK, Family: (2 adults, and 2 children) 300 DKK" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">One Denmark's biggest tourist attractions is the Odense zoo, covering almost 4 hectares on both sides the Odense River. The ''Oceanium'' opened in 2001, is the main show-piece featuring a tour though South America, including a very impressive aviary and indoor rain forest.</see>
* <see name="Saint Knuds Kirke" alt="" address="Klosterbakken 2" directions="Next to the Town Hall" phone="+45 66 12 03 92" url="http://www.odense-domkirke.ddk" hours="9am-4pm" price="Free Entry." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Cathedral of King Canute the Holy, who became a martyr nearby in 1086. His tomb and that of his brother are in the crypt with many other burial stones of dignitaries of the day.</see>*<see name="Galleri Galschiot" alt="" address="Banevaenget 22" directions="" phone="66184058" url="http://www.gallerigalschiot.dk/index_en.html" hours="Mon-fri 9am to 5pm" price="free" lat="" long="">Gallery Galschiot is the sculptor Jens Galschiot's 2500 m2 studio and museum. The place is one of Denmark's most spectacular and biggest private art workshops. The place is full of activities, and besides the artist's workshop, there is also a bronze foundry, gallery shop, art schools, wicker workshop, TV-studios, Sculpture Park and a 400 m2 art gallery. </see> 
==Do==
[[Image:Brandts-Passage.jpg|thumb|250px|The sign at the entrance to the Brandts area of the city.]]
[[Image:CJP.jpg|thumb|250px|Munke Mose Park, in winter.]]
* <do name = "Odense Golfklub" address = "Hestehaven 200" directions = "" phone = "+45-6595-9000" email= "" fax = "" url = "http://www.odensegolfklub.dk/wm1608" hours = "9 pm -5:30 pm" price="Green fees: Weekdays Dkr. 275 (38 Euro), Weekends and holidays Dkr. 325 (45 Euro). Odense Golfklub does not accept Euros and only permits credit card payments on weekdays between 8:30 - 16:30"> </do>
* <do name = "Odense Symphony Orchestra (Odense Symfoniokester)" address = "Cikorievej 32" directions = "" phone = "+45 66 12 44 80" email= "[email protected]" fax = "+45 65 91 00 47" url = "http://www.odensesymfoni.dk" hours = "" price=""> </do>
* <do name = "Odense Aafart" address = "" directions = "" phone = "" email= "" fax = "" url = "http://www.aafart.dk/uk/ukstart.htm" hours = "" price="">Odense Aafart has tour boats from the recreational area Munke Mose in the city centre on Odense River with stops at Odense Zoo and in Fruens Bøge near The Funen Village.</do>
*<do name="Odense Boldklub" alt="" address="Bolbro" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Odense has one of the most active fanscenes in Denmark and if you are so lucky that OB plays at home against FCK or BIF you will have to go to the stadium and watch it. If you want a drink among other fans go to Sprogø up to 6 hours prior to kickoff. You will find a great athmosphere atmosphere and singing here.</do>
==Learn==
* <see name = "University of Southern Denmark" address = "Campusvej 55" directions = "" phone = "+45-6550-1000" email= "[email protected]" fax = "+45-6550-1090" url = "http://www.sdu.dk/E/Odense.html" price=""> </see>
* <see name = "University College Lillebælt" address = "Asylgade 7-9" directions = "" phone = "+45-6318-3000" email= "[email protected]" url = "http://international.ucl.dk/" price=""> </see>* <see name = "OUH Odense University Hospital" address = "Sd.Boulevard 29" directions = "" phone = "+45 66113333" email= "[email protected]" ></see> ==Work== Work can be difficult to find in Denmark unless you already have a fairly good level of Danish fluency. However for those who cannot speak the language work can be found delivering news papers, working in kitchens or collecting glasses in bars. Delivering Newspapers... * <listing see name="Fyens Distribution A/S Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher Education" altaddress ="Munke Mose Allé 9" directions="" address="Blangstedgårdvej 2, 5220 Odense SØ, Danmark." phone="65 +45 56 22 or 80 60 90 9070 10 58 00" email="" fax="" hours="Before 07:30[email protected]." price="130dkk" url="dk"></listingsee>
==Buy==
==Drink==
[[Image:Museum_104.jpg|thumb|250px|Statue at the SAS H.C.A. Hotel, Odense]][[Image:BrandtsOdense.jpg|thumb|250px|Brands Klædefabrik]]
Bars in Odense have opening hours which tend to vary greatly. For example some bars close everyday at around midnight, while others stay open until 5AM or even later.
* <drink name="Froggys Café" address=" Froggys Café, Vestergade 68, 5000 Odense C" phone="+4565907447" email=" [email protected]" fax="" hours="" price="" url="http://www.froggyscafe.dk"></drink>
* <drink name = "Ryan´s of Odense" alt="" address = "Fisketorvet 12" directions = "" phone = " +45 65 91 53 00" . url="" hours="hours" price="" lat="" long="" week="Week " days="Days 12pm-1am, " friday="Friday & " saturday="Saturday 12pm-5am, " sunday="Sunday 4pm-12am (Note: Opening hours vary). "" priceopening= Expensive"Opening">, Ryan's is an authentic traditional Irish Pub, stocked with Irish drinks & staffed by Irish barmen. Live music every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 11pm. Overpriced and can be somewhat rough on weekends. </drink>
* <sleep name = "Odense Danhostel Kragsbjerggaard" address = "Kragsbjergvej 121" directions = "" phone = "+45-6613-0425" email= "[email protected]" fax = "+45-6591-2863" url = "http://www.cityhostel.dk/Engelsk/grupper.htm" hours = "" price="">Denmark's only Manor-House hostel. Quiet residential area,2 km from the city center.</sleep>
* <sleep name = "Bed&Breakfast" address="Engvej 9" email = "[email protected]" url="http://www.bbengvej9.dk"> Walking distance to all attractions. Rates from DKK400.00 2 bed room.</sleep>
* <sleep name = "Odense Bed & Breakfast" address = "Faaborgvej 434B/Lettebækvej 32" directions = "" phone = "+45-60919891" email= "[email protected]" fax = "" url = "http://www.odensebedandbreakfast.dk" hours = "" price="From DKK 300325">Nice and clean rooms. Close to the town and anyhow in the countryside.</sleep>
===Mid-range===
* <sleep name = "Hotel Windsor" address = "Vindegade 45" directions = "" phone = "+45-6612-0652" email= "co.­[email protected]­dk" fax = "+45-6591-0023" url = "http://www.choicehotels.dk/" hours = "" price=""> </sleep>
* <sleep name = "First Grand Hotel" address = "Jernbanegade18" directions = "Just to the right as you leave the train station" phone = "+45-66 11 71 71" email= "[email protected]" fax = "+45-66 14 11 71" url = "http://www.firsthotels.dk/" hours = "" =""> </sleep>
* <sleep name = "Hotel Domir Hotel" address = "Hans Tausensgade Tausens Gade 19" directions = "" phone = "+45-6612-1427" email= "­[email protected]­dk" fax = "+45-6612-1314" url = "http://www.domir.dk/" hours = "" price="Rate DKK545.00+"> Small but light,well furnished rooms. Center of town. 5 Min.walk to train station. Walk to most attractions. </sleep>
===Splurge===
==Stay safe==
* Odense is generally a safe town for visitors, although criminal activities and violence occur and caution is recommended late at night. Although there is not really any reason for tourist to venture there, the Voldmose Vollsmose area, is infamous in Denmark for it's its crime, social decay and a recent terrorism case. The problems are, however, highly exaggerated by the media and you will find the Vollsmose area to be no more insecure than most places.
==Cope==
Maps of Odense can be purchased in the two shops in the train-station for 10 DKK. Similarly there are maps placed all around the town for visitors, Most ATM machines in Odense close between 2am & 6am, Most some shops only accept Danish credit cards & will not take foreign cards, but most of them normally accept Visa and American Express. (One exception to this is Ryan's Irish Pub), Post offices can be located in the Brandts Passage , Føtex supermarket on Vesterbro street & Rosengård Centre.
=== Consulates ===
==Get out==
 
Many cities nearby in the Funen island can be reached by Bus with a trip of around 1 hour from Odense.
The bus trips are provided by [https://www.fynbus.dk/?lang=29 FynBus]. During holiday seasons (see the website for the dates) you can buy Tourist Tickets for 50 DKK or 150 DKK for a group of four. With this tickets you can travel in the whole island for the day and visit many different towns. Town to town transport usually takes between one or two ours. You can use the [https://www.rejseplanen.dk/webapp/index.html Journey Planner] website or app to check the buses and timetables.
* [[Kerteminde]], Located about 20 km to the northeast, this cute seaside town with a large center of old 18th century houses offers beautiful beaches, mini-golf & an aquarium, complete with sharks.
* [[Copenhagen]], Denmark's capital city. Only 90 minutes by intercity train. Visit the Mermaid, Tivoli Theme Park or the Carlsberg brewery.
 
* [[Fåborg]], a coastal town to the southwest. 1 hour by bus, it has a nice view on the harbor and it a nice place to walk.
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