On Skt. Knuds Plads just southwest of the Rådhus (town hall) is the crypt of Gothic Odense Cathedral (daily: April–Oct daily 10am–5pm; Nov–March 10am–4pm; free). Also known as Skt. Knuds Kirke, this travertine church holds the remains of King Knud II and his brother Benedikt, both murdered in 1086 at the altar of nearby Skt. Albani Kirke. Don’t miss the splendiferous gold-leaf-coated altarpiece inside by Lübeck master Claus Berg. At Jernbanegade 13, the Fyns Kunstmuseum (Funen Art Gallery; Tues–Sun 10am–4pm; 60kr; Wmuseum .odense.dk) focuses on late nineteenth-century Danish art including stirring works by Vilhelm Hammershøi and Skagen artist P.S. Krøyer.

Over at the Odense Concert Hall the city’s other famous son, Carl Nielsen (one of Europe’s leading nineteenth-century composers), also has a riveting museum devoted to his life, Carl Nielsen Museet (Jan–mid-April to Aug Wed–Sun 11am–3pm, Sept to mid-April Thurs & Fri 3–7pm, Sat & Sun 11am–3pm; May–Aug Wed–Sun 11am–3pm; Sept–Dec Thurs & Fri 3–7pm, Sat & Sun 11am–3pm; free).

Just off Vestergade, west of the centre, is the Brandts Arts Complex. Once a large textile mill, the area has been spectacularly converted into an art school, cinema, music library and three museums (Tues, Wed & Fri–Sun 10am–5pm, Thurs noon–9pm; 80kr combined ticket; Wbrandts.dk). In the large hall that once housed the huge machinery is the Kunsthallen, which displays works by the cream of new talent in art and design, and the Museet for Fotokunst, featuring changing photography exhibitions. On the third floor the Danmarks Mediemuseum chronicles the development of printing, bookbinding and illustrating from the Middle Ages to the present day. to the present day. There is another branch of Brandts at Jernbanegade 13 (Brandts 13; same opening hours) focusing on late nineteenth-century Danish art including stirring works by Vilhelm Hammershøi and Skagen artist P.S. Krøyer.

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