4 tips on what to do in Odense
What to do, what to do… 🤔 Before, during or after Codegarden, you might find yourself with some spare time.
Luckily, Codegarden takes place in Odense - a rather charming city if we may say so ourselves - especially in spring. The local tourist office, VisitOdense, has even summed up the delightful Odense spring vibes in this 34-second video:
Looks nice, right 😃? And it's all here in Odense for you to experience in just 22 days (as long as the weather permits 🤞 and as long as you've secured your Codegarden ticket!).
4 tips on what to do in Odense
Maybe it’s your first time in Odense?
Or maybe you’ve been here before, but haven’t really explored the city as such?
No matter your current level of Odense-knowledge, these 4 tips should hopefully leave you with some ideas of what to do while you’re here. And as mentioned in the intro, they all have the theme of “get your body moving” because to be honest, 3 full days of Codegarden can take its toll thus, fresh air and getting out and about is highly recommended!
And don’t worry - we have made sure to mix up the suggestions so you’re sure to find a fit no matter your interests or current state of physical fitness:
1. Go for a refreshing splash 🏊
Right around the corner from the Codegarden venue, you find the harbour, and in the harbour, a swimming pool! A free swimming pool nonetheless. Last year we even saw the hashtag #cgSwimmers floating about on Twitter - maybe this year the cgSwimmers team will grow even bigger?
Beware that the pool is not heated - but very refreshing!
So remember to pack your swimming gear and use the #cgSwimmers hashtag to gather a group of Codegarden swimmers. You can find the opening hours of the pool opening right here.
2. Join the friendly cgRunners! 🏃🏃🏃
This is now a well-established Umbraco running club. At every Umbraco festival around the world, we see people gather in the morning of the festival to go for a run - sometimes we’re talking a big group, other times, it’s down to two people. But we applaud you for doing this 👏! It’s a great way to start the day and get your mind and body ready for an entire day of Umbraco, talks and socialising. And it’s also a great way to get shown around Odense!
At Codegarden, there is always a fairly big group of runners to join.
The cgRunners meet every morning of Codegarden at 7 AM in front of The Plaza Hotel in Odense. Everyone is welcome to join, no matter your running level - simply show up (or sign-up here if you like or follow the Twitter account).
Bonus-info: join the 2019 Codegarden runners for just one of the days and get a free, one-of-a-kind, Umbraco 2019 running tee.
3. Go for a stroll 🚶
Ok, this is kind of a 3-in-1 suggestion because there’s a lot of places you can go for a walk in Odense depending on your mood, interest and time.
3.1. Let’s start with the closest walk.
The harbour - the area right around the Codegarden venue. This is not just the place to go for a swim, but a great place to go for a stroll. Walk across the bridge to “Byens Ø” and you find areas with football, parkour, mini golf and even a little artificial beach where you can hang out. When the sun is out, this area is buzzing ☀️
And if you find yourself hungry or thirsty, we highly recommend Storms Pakhus where you’re able to find a range of delicious food and drinks from all around the world 🍹 🍜
And lastly, if you go for a wonder in this area, make sure you pass Umbraco HQ (Haubergsvej 1, 5000 Odense C) - hopefully, we’ll already see you there for the Codegarden pre-party on the 21st of May?🕺
3.2. Walk around the city centre.
Cross the railway bridge, and you’ll find yourself near the city center of Odense. A great place to go shopping for presents for your loved ones - or yourself - and a great place to find tasty restaurants, lively bars and cosy cafes. Grab hold of an HQ member at Codegarden and we’ll be very happy to give you some recommendations!
3.3. You need to walk a tiny bit further for this one. But it’s worth it.
Go to Munke Mose - the well-known and beloved green area of the city centre. Hang out on the lawn, go for a peaceful walk along the stream or get yourself on one of the boats (we know boats are popular among Codegarden attendees 😉)
4. 15 minutes drop-in yoga 🧘
At Codegarden 2019 we are blessed to have the talented and super friendly Kris join us. Not only will she perform mindfulness meditation sessions in the mornings, but she’ll also do daily 15 min. yoga breaks at the Codegarden venue for everyone to join. No need to be a yogi, no need for special clothing - these are 15 mins of stretching your body, breathing thus, a small booster that’ll leave you ready for the remainder of the day 🙏
We hope these 4 tips will help you when it comes to fueling your body as well as seeing Odense while you’re here for Codegarden.
All 4 tips are, of course, also great ways to socialise with fellow Codegarden attendees, so please make sure to check and use Twitter if you want to expand your cycle of Umbraco friends while you’re at it. If you want to go for a walk, run or swim alone, that’s of course also fine 😉
On the socialising-front, it is also important to note that both Tuesday (pre-party), Wednesday and Thursday there will be social events taking place at the Codegarden venue. And trust us when we say you don't want to miss those!
We hope you look forward to seeing Odense and Codegarden.
We sure look forward to seeing you! 😄