Located on the island of Funen, Odense is Denmark's third largest city, celebrated for its culture, festivals, compact city center and charming, narrow, cobbled streets in its historical quarter. The city is home to numerous parks and gardens that line the Odense River, which winds through its heart. Many Odense event venues and attractions tell the story of the city's famous son, beloved poet Hans Christian Andersen.
Odense is served by the small Odense Airport, located just northwest of the city, as well as the larger Billund Airport, located 90 minutes from the city. Billund Airport is west Denmark's international airport and the country's second largest, offering regular international flights to such locations as Paris, London, Munich and Amsterdam.
Odense convention venues begin with the spacious Odense Congress Center, a modern exhibition center and hotel that can accommodate all types of events. The center offers 22,000 square meters of space, including three large exhibition halls and 26 meeting rooms and halls to accommodate up to 5,000 guests. The hotel features 102 rooms and seven suites.
Odense special event venues range from a popular theater to a 16th-century castle and nearly everything in between. As Denmark's second-oldest theater, the Odense Teater presents regular musicals, dance productions and plays; it also welcomes group tours and events. Odense's Egeskov Castle, built in 1554 on oak piles driven into the lake bed, features a number of museums and beautiful gardens, as well as private event space in its original stable, now converted into a beautiful restaurant. The city's Danish Railway Museum features exhibits on 150 years of rail travel, including technology, discoveries and nostalgia, as well as model railway tracks and miniature trains. Located just 15 minutes outside of Odense, Broholm is a sprawling estate that has welcomed group events and parties since the Middle Ages.
Other Odense attractions include the popular Funen's Art and Hans Christian Andersen museums (the latter explores the life and works of the poet). Funen Village is an open-air history museum, home to 30 buildings dating from the 17th to 19th centuries, while the Carl Nielsen Museum is dedicated to the famous Danish composer and his sculptor wife, both of whom have had a great impression on modern Danish culture.
Meeting participants may gather and dine at Odense's many fine restaurants, such as Restaurant Oluf Bagers Gaard, housed in the city's oldest secular building, and Sortebro Kro, a country inn dating from 1805 that serves classic Danish fare with a contemporary flair. Simoncini Vin features a weekly changing Italian menu, while Under Lindetraeet serves seasonal Italian- and French-inspired cuisine using Danish ingredients in the cozy Hans Christian Andersen historic district.
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