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 Foto: Odense Zoo
Foto: Odense Zoo

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Top 10 places for children in Odense

With over 250 playgrounds, Europe’s best zoo, plenty of green spaces, and child-friendly museums, Odense is a real hit with children.

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

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.

Odense Zoo

Sdr. Boulevard 306

Fyrtøjet. Photo: Ard Jongsma/Odense Bys Museer

Fyrtøjet

Fyrtøjet is a lifesaver on a rainy day, a children's culture center inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's stories , where you can enter the magic universe of the Elves, dress up in amazing costumes, listen to adventure stories and play in spectacular set designs.

Fyrtøjet

The Funen Village. Photo: Visitodense

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.

The Funen Village

Sejerskovvej 20

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The playground in Fruens Bøge. Photo: Kompan

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?

Riverside play trail

Paddle boats in the harbour. Photo: Visitodense

Paddle boats

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.

Paddle boats

Photo. Ard Jongsma/Visitodense

The Danish Railway Museum

Huge steam locomotives, third class cars and the royal train, each tell their part in the history of Danish railways from the first line in 1849 to the interrail age and the Great Belt link to today. You can go on a journey of discovery on old and modern trains and play in the Children's Station and Train playground, ride a miniature train and play with a model railway. A hit.

The Danish Railway Museum

Dannebrogsgade 24

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Photo: Egeskov Slot

Egeskov Castle

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 Castle

Egeskov Gade 18, Kværndrup

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Try to be a child in the 1940s. Photo: Tidens Samling

Tidens samling

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

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Kramboden. Photo: Visitodense

Kramboden

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.

Kramboden

Nedergade 24, Odense

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Møntergården

Explore 18th and 19th Century homes, play in a children's back yard like when your great grandfather was a servant and watch epic Viking battles. Listen to monks chanting, learn about monasteries and the Black Death, and about Ingrid Marie, who died of a childhood illness but had an apple named after her. Møntergården is a fascinating museum that presents the cultural history of Odense from ancient times to today. You can spend a whole day here without getting bored.

Møntergården

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