Odense Congress Center Hotel
Orbaekvej 350, Odense, Fyn and the Central Islands, 5220, Denmark
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Egeskov slot - 40 km south of Odense
Replica of HCA's most intricate collage
Moving to Odense...
Though this isn't the most active forum, I was hoping to get some help. I am moving to Odense in August and have 2 questions:
1) Where can I find out about a realistic range of prices for an apartment? My wife and I want something with at least a living room, bedroom and office that is nice... and lots of windows! :) Is there a newspaper I can look at or can someone just give me a rough estimate of prices?
2) We are also going to buy a car. My wife is German and I am wondering if it is cheaper to buy in Germany than Denmark?.... this may be a tough question to answer but any help would be great.
okay, if it turns out that I get some responses, I am sure I'll have plenty more questions in the next couple weeks...
RE: RE: Moving to Odense...
The car issue is a bit tricky. Car taxes are very heavy in Denmark. Thus, a car bought in Denmark costs almost three times as much as a car bought in Germany, since cars are taxed 180% registration tax plus 25% VAT (and you also pay VAT on the registration tax!). Likewise, if you choose to import a car from abroad (which is not previously taxed in Denmark), you will have to pay Danish registration tax on the vehicle to get it on Danish licence plates. And finally - a person residing in Denmark cannot drive a car in Denmark on foreign licence plates (to avoid tax fraud).
Because of the high taxes, the net price of new cars is often a bit lower in Denmark than in the surrounding countries, since some car manufacturers give a discount on the net price to keep the price a bit down.
The conclusion is that you can't save anything by buying a car in Germany, actually it will be more expensive and involve a lot of bureaucracy regarding inspection, taxation and licence plates.
If you import your own car or a used car, the situation is similar - you have to pay registration tax (but not VAT if it is your own car or a used cars from the EU) to get Danish licence plates.
There are some workarounds, though: If your stay in Denmark is *temporary* you can get permission to pay the registration tax by instalments. you will have to fill in an application if you wish to do so.
Travel Tips for Odense
see H.C Andersen's House......
see H.C Andersen's House... There is also a museum devoted to Hans Christian Andersen, telling the incredible story of his life from the son of a poor cobbler to the world famous writer of fairytales. You can find here a collection of international editions of Andersen's works as well as a collection of illustrations and other art inspired by his writings.
The Flower Festival
The Flower Festival is held in Odense every year, sometime in August. Various clubs, associations and individual competitors display their flower arrangements in the streets of Odense. This year's was devoted to H.C. Andersen's fairy tales to celebrate his 200th birthday. The exhibits, some of them really ingenious, were displayed all over the old part of the town so you will see them in many of my tips. The festival was combined with a stage performance in the city main square. It sounded like story-telling to the sounds of music but of course, not knowing Danish, I can't be sure.
Play petanque in Odense
You might know the game of petanque if you have been to Southern France, or you might have played something like it with colored plastic balls in your garden. Petanque is played with steel balls (boules) though, and even though it's kind of the national sport of Southern France, it's played in Denmark and Odense too. For fun, but also at a competition level. Odense Petanque Club has it's gravel courts in the 'Ansgar' park near the center of the city, and you are welcome to use the courts on your own if they are free or come and join in and try it out with some of the club members...or just watch the games! If you are going to play on your own you already know the rules, and you need to bring your own boules of course. If you wanna try it out with the members on a practice-day (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) you'll probably be able to borrow some boules!
Theatre of Odense
If you are interested in theatre, Odense can offer the second oldest theatre in Denmark with roots from 1796.
The current theatres' location has been the same since 1917, and can be found right in the center of the city, at:
5100 Odense C
A two-minute walk from the city hall or the trainstation!
Cheap and good buffet
"Den Grimme Ælling" is a relatively cheap buffet restaurant with a good price/quality ratio. There is a big salad bar, and several kinds of roasted meat. Also there are some OK desert options.
Around noon there are often extra generous price offers. No one thing in particular, the food here is good but none of it remarkable, at least not when i have been there.