Approximately 40 minutes from Lundeborg.
Odense (named after Odin, a god from Nordic mythology) is the largest city on Funen and the second largest provincial city in Denmark, and Odense Å (Odense River) runs through the city, rising from Odense Fjord. Approximately 180.000 people live in Odense.
The old part of Odense boasts a plethora of timbered houses, of which Eljer Rønnow´s house, Østerbye´s house and Pernille Lykke´s dwellings make up Møntergården, museum showcasing the city´s historical and cultural past. From 1719 to 1725, Skt. Hans´ church was transformed into Odense Castle. The municipality of Odense has had ownership of Odense Castle since 1907 and the castle has, among other things, been the home of the chief administrative officer. Odense can also treat visitors to the city´s cathedral, Skt. Knud´s Church, as well as Vor Frue Church, the childhood home of H.C. Andersen, the H.C. Andersen museum, the Carl Nielsen museum and the Danish Railway museum, said to be one of the best in Europe.
Leaving the old part of Odense, you will find a variety of parks and gardens, including the garden of H.C. Andersen (known as the Fairy Tale Forest), Klosterhaven and Munke Mose. The cultural centre, Brændts Klædefabrik, features an art exhibition, while you will also find the Danish Museum of Photographic Art and the Media Museum. The city also boasts Fruens Bøge, Odense ZOO and the open-air museum, The Funen Village.
The harbour is located at the end of Odense canal. Odense also used to be an important settlement and sanctuary in the prehistoric ages, as well as a bishopric from 1020. Following the canonization of Canute the Holy in 1101, who was murdered in Skt. Albani Church in 1086, the city became a place of pilgrimage and came under heavy influence from the clergy, including the Benedictine Monastery. Odense became a borough at the beginning of the 14th century.