Odense is famous world over because it is the birthplace of one of the most prolific fairytale writers ever, the one who gave us tales like The Ugly Duckling and Thumbelina and The Little Mermaid – Hans Christian Andersen. You will find a ton of museums, art installations, statues and galleries dedicated to the author and his stories. Odense also boasts of a great zoo, some amazing parks, lively bars and quiet islands. The name of the city literally means ‘Odin’s sanctuary,’ and draws its inspiration from the Norse myth. You will love the old Viking castles here, Saint Canute’s Cathedral, Funen’s Abbey and the Funen Village Museum. Do make it a point to gorge on some lovely marzipans here.