Activities at H.C. Andersen Odense
Activities at the Hotel
Tailored Walking and Running Routes
Is the freedom to incorporate nature into your daily exercise high on your list of priorities? Then join us on a walking/running route and explore the hotel’s nature surroundings. We’ve created three different digital running routes and added them to the RunGo app, which uses turn-by-turn navigation to show you which route to run, the remaining distance and which roads or paths you should take. Just like a car’s GPS system.
The shorter three-kilometre route is also recommended as a walk-and-talk route for a healthy break during a meeting or seminar.RunGo is free and available for iOS and Android – for both smartphones and Apple Watch.
Various Board Games
Board games are more popular than ever, and everyone can join in. We have a selection of different board games that you are welcome to borrow. Just ask at the reception.
We have a pool table available - so you can borrow pool cues and balls for a game of billiards!
Photo: Johan Tobias Joensen
Sights and Attractions Near the Hotel
H. C. Andersens House
H. C. Andersen’s House in Odense is the primary museum about the fairy tale poet and author Hans Christian Andersen and is located only 100 metres from our hotel. Odense’s biggest new attraction in years is set to open in summer 2021 – the Hans Christian Andersen Museum. The museum was designed by the famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and consists of both indoor and outdoor spaces that together extend across 12,600 m2 (2/3 of the museum is underground).
Bring your family to Odense ZOO to enjoy some amazing experiences – get up close and personal with giraffes, lions and penguins at one of Europe’s top zoos.
The Funen Village
The Funen Village is an open-air museum in Odense featuring farms and houses as they would have looked on the island of Funen in the 19th century. The village is connected to the Fruens Bøge woodland park and includes a total of 25 buildings and farm complexes from the Funen area. The buildings date from around 1500 to just after 1900. The Funen Village offers a wide variety of activities for all ages.
Egeskov Castle is one of Northern Europe's best-preserved Renaissance castles, built as two longhouses rising directly from the lake. Feel the sweep of history as you visit the beautiful 466-year-old castle. You can come inside and see the castle, have a walk in the beautiful gardens, or visit the Classics Museum and the Falck Museum.
Danish Railway Museum
If you want to experience what it was like to sit in the royal carriages or in first class in the old days, or experience Denmark's oldest preserved steam locomotive from 1868 up close, then you should visit the Danish Railway Museum, which is located next to Odense Railway Station. Exhibits include an extensive collection of train carriages, locomotives, models of trains and ferries and other effects. The exhibits give an impression of Denmark's railway history, particularly that of the State Railways.
St. Canute's Cathedral, also known as Odense Cathedral, is named after St. Canute, who was murdered in 1086 in St. Alban's Priory, which was close to the present-day church. The church was consecrated on 30th April 1499. The church tower is 63 metres high and is therefore one of Odense's tallest buildings. The cathedral is within walking distance of the hotel.
Brandts Art Museum
Brandts Art Museum is Denmark's first museum of art and visual culture and has presented exhibitions featuring Danish and international contemporary art since 1987. With a collection of more than 15,000 classical works of art, international photography, films and drawings, you can experience some of the world's best artists, photographers and image creators.
Viking Museum Ladby
Viking Museum Ladby tells the story of ancient kings and life in the world of the Vikings. The museum brings the history of the Vikings to life by recreating the landscape, ships and buildings of the Viking Age. Take part in interesting activities and visit temporary exhibitions on the world of the Vikings. The Ladby Viking Ship Grave is an attraction of international stature.
Photo: Johan Tobias Joensen and Odense Zoo
Nature Experiences Near the Hotel
Nearest Swimming Pool/Beach
Located just 20 minutes walk from the hotel, the harbour bath, Havnebadet, is well worth a visit on a hot summer’s day. Take a refreshing dip or just enjoy life by the water in the middle of the city. If you would prefer a beach trip, we can recommend driving to Nordstranden in Kerteminde, which is especially good if you have children with you. Nordstranden has located 20 km from the hotel. There are multiple beach options in the area, so please just ask.
Nearest Ice Cream Bar
Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand and you’ll find the best homemade Italian ice cream in the area at Stefano’s Il Gusto ice cream bar located on Vindegade, just 15 min. from the hotel. The ice cream selection changes from day to day and they all taste heavenly. A little ice cream trip – our hotel director Ninna’s own personal favourite is pistachio, which she thinks must be tasted to be believed.
Nearest High Street
For shopping or just a pleasant stroll, we recommend a visit to Odense’s pedestrian street, which is one of Denmark's longest. You’ll find a wide variety of large and small shops, inviting cafés and good restaurants, as well as a number of quaint shopping arcades and passages. The pedestrian zone is located just 700 m from the hotel.
Nearest Green Area
You’ll find many small green oases in and around Odense. We can recommend a walk or bike ride along the river with a stop in Eventyrhaven, a park just 700 m from the hotel, where you can relax in the grass while enjoying the pleasant garden and the view of Odense Cathedral. If you’re feeling energetic, we suggest the 4 km-long trip to Fruens Bøge forest.
Odense and the surrounding area offer a wide range of sights and attractions. Among the most famous are Odense Zoo, Odense Cathedral, Egeskov Castle, the Railway Museum and the Funen Village. If you are interested in art and exhibitions, we can recommend a visit to Brandts Museum. For a more local adventure, visit Hans Christian Andersen’s House, which is located just 100 m from the hotel.
Nearest Child-Friendly Attractions
For families with children, we can recommend Børnekulturhuset Fyrtøjet or a visit to Farvergården, which over the summer offers activities and entertainment for families with children, completely free of charge.
Nearest Picnic Spot
Odense is home to a number of parks and beautiful nature areas where you can enjoy a picnic lunch. Eventyrhaven or Munke Mosen park in the middle of Odense is particularly pleasant on a nice summer’s day. But Byens Ø – a ‘cultural island’ in the middle of Odense Harbour – is also well worth a visit. Here you can find a host of activities and cultural and culinary experiences.
Nearest Golf Course
There are several golf courses in and around Odense. Among others, we can recommend Holluf Park and Pilebanen at Odense Golf Club, which offers courses of international standard.