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Odense is Denmark’s third largest city with 200,000 inhabitants. It was once the site of a Viking ring fortress on the banks of the Odense River. Due to this rich history, it has for centuries been a favourite destination for visitors and is particularly known as the hometown of the renowned author Hans Christian Andersen – as well as the hometown for Olympic- and world champion Viktor Axelsen.  

H.C. Andersen is celebrated in a recently opened and beautifully designed experience house located in the core of the city centre. You can walk in his footsteps and at the same time get a historic tour along cosy cobblestone streets and charming old houses. Moreover, there are memorable experiences at Brandt’s Museum of Arts, the historic museum Møntergården, the cathedral dating back to the 1300s, the charming fairytale garden and many more places.

Centre of innovation, knowledge and education
An ambitious urban development plan is currently transforming the city with new green urban spaces, a city centre restricting cars and a brand-new university hospital physically linked to the university. All connected by an environment friendly tramway. This transformation will further consolidate Odense’s position as a centre of innovation, knowledge and education, with strong clusters in the fields of robotics, drones, health technology and IT.

Everything within walking distance
With its size and pedestrian friendly streets and pathways, Odense is ideally designed for combining the world class badminton experiences at Jyske Bank Arena with city activities. The city layout invites guests to wander its cobblestone streets with colourful houses, small shops and rows of cafés. The river flowing through the heart of Odense offers the chance for both relaxation and physical activity along beautiful green oases. A favourite spot for locals to meet for a bite and a drink is Storms Pakhus street food market, located close to the harbour pool and housed in a delicately restored warehouse.

The harbour area is elegantly connected with the city centre via the City Bridge that is for pedestrians and cyclists only. With a thriving culinary scene, working creatively with the wide selection of fresh, local produce, Odense has a lot to offer for the foodies. There’s a great pride in serving products grown in the local fields or caught in the waters surrounding the island. Local specialties include beer from the many local microbreweries, cheeses and chocolates. Do not miss out on Fyn’s beloved and famous cake, the “brunsviger”!

Besides the ‘badminton magic’ in Jyske Bank Arena, the City of Odense is filled with magic Thursday-Sunday October 20-22. Magiske Dage Odense is a festival for the entire family, that has taken place in Odense since 2002. The main part of the activities are aimed at children aged 8-12, but there are also activities for young people and adults interested in magic regardless of age.

In Odense, Denmark Open participants and spectators will experience a strong gastronomic scene, charming historic neighbourhoods, and a vibrant city life with restaurants, shopping, sights and cultural experiences.