Top 10 places for children in Odense
Throw in a castle, the world’s first play trail, vintage trains, paddle boats, and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales and the iPad will soon be forgotten.
Here are 10 things your kids will love in Odense:
Odense Zoo was recently named the best in Europe, and it’s easy to see why. World-class facilities, excellent communication of information, fantastic playgrounds, and exciting animals make the zoo one of the best all-day experiences around.
Sdr. Boulevard 306
The Tinderbox is a lifesaver on a rainy day. This fantastic cultural center for children is inspired by the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen, and there are great costumes to dress up in, as well as drawing, painting, and the chance to explore the many scenographic installations and tableaux.
Hans Jensens Stræde 21
The Funen Village
This beautiful open-air museum recreates a Funen village as it would have looked in the 19th century, with original half-timbered houses, flower gardens, fenced enclosures and farm animals, a village pond, a rectory, and a school room. Here you can see, feel, and smell how the rich and poor used to live, with plenty of history and surprises into the bargain.
Riverside play trail
The broad banks of the Odense River create a long green belt running through the city containing 13 activity areas and playgrounds designed for a range of ages – why not try them all?
In the summer, you can go up the river by paddle boat and catch a glimpse of the lions and zebras as you pass the zoo’s savannah area. Or take a trip around the harbor and see a different side to the city from the water.
Danish Railway Museum
Steam locomotives, third-class carriages, and luxury royal trains all tell of the part they have played in Denmark’s railroad history. The museum takes you on a journey from the first stretch of railroad in 1847 up to the Great Belt Bridge in 1997, with trains old and new to explore. Children can play trains at the Children’s Railway Station, where they can be a train driver, switch the signals, run the ticket office, and have lots of other train-related fun.
Award-winning Egeskov Castle is one of the most beautiful places in Europe, and the children will love the endless things to do. The castle gardens have treetop suspension bridges, old-fashioned toys such as stilts and soapbox cars, a playground, a maze, and even a Segway track. Inside the castle you can admire vintage cars, test the equipment in old ambulances, or marvel at the world’s most amazing dolls’ house, Fairy Queen Titania’s Palace.
Egeskov Gade 18, Kværndrup
Here you can see, touch, and try out the clothes, houses, and everyday life of the past. Rooms with original interiors dating from 1900 to the 1980s provide an insight into the lifestyle of the times, and you can sit on the furniture, read the papers, try on the clothes, and listen to the music of the day. In the café, enjoy a coffee, some kiksekage biscuit cake, or a soda like in the old days.
Tidens Samling, Kulturmaskinen, Farvergården 7, 3:e våningen
In one of Odense’s oldest streets lies the atmospheric Kramboden, which dates back to the 16th century. This old merchant’s house is laid out as a store from last century and sells everything from kerosene lamps, shoes made from rushes, and coffee substitute, to toys, hard candy, soap, and enamel signs. As well as traditional candies such as ‘rusty nails’ and licorice for those with a sweet tooth.
Suits of armor, monks chanting, and the skeletons of people killed by the Black Death. Life in medieval and Renaissance Odense was no bed of roses, but it’s an interesting journey to follow Møntergården’s cultural history of Odense from antiquity to the present. The museum also arranges tours of the archaeological excavations at Thomas B. Thriges Gade.
Text: Lise Hannibal
Published: August 15, 2016
Last edited: January 21, 2019