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What to see in Bogense

Photo: Jens Wognsen

What to see in Bogense? Find the great sights and all the quirky details of Bogense on your very own city walk, where you can find the history of the old buildings you walk by. Bogense offers so many great stories - now you get to know the town!

Bogense has a long history as a market town and got its marketplace privileges from Danish King Erik Menved in 1288. But even before that time, Bogense was an active trading place with a ferry to Klakring at Juelsminde in Jutland. In 1575, the town was reduced to ashes in a fire disaster, and the town was not rebuilt into a trading place in the same way as before. On the other hand, Bogense became the most important trading town for the upland and had many factories at the old port, and in the 1900s the town become an important railway town with a railway station and connections to Odense and Middelfart.

Today, Bogense is Denmark's nicest market town with a well-preserved town square and many old, cozy town houses. Find out more about houses and sights on this self-guided city walk through the old part of Bogense, where we start and end at Bogense harbour.

 

Bogense city walk

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Bogense Old Harbour
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Bogense Old Harbour

The Old Harbour in Bogense was built way back in 1828 and was once a very active industrial and ferry port, but today it is pure cosiness, large boats and an impressive view.

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Hans Christian Andersen at Bogense Old Harbour
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Hans Christian Andersen at Bogense Old Harbour

At Bogense's old harbour you can meet Denmark's best storyteller Hans  Christian Andersen in the form of a beautiful sculpture by the artist Jens Galschiøt - and it's perfectly true!

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The Aero Windmill
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The Aero Windmill

What is the tall building on the harbour? It's not a tower, it's not an old chimney, it's ... a former windmill!

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The Watchman’s Path in Bogense
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The Watchman’s Path in Bogense

Here the path once went around the entire old town of Bogense - today you can still follow in the footsteps of the watchmen on part of the path system.

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Bogense Town Creek
Photo: Børge Pedersen
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Bogense Town Creek

Have you been to the creek? Otherwise you can walk along the beautiful stream that winds through Bogense and has been important to the town with its clean fresh water.

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Nordfyns Museum
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Nordfyns Museum

North Funen's history in concentrated form at a museum - see the various exhibitions and get a good insight into Bogense's and North Funen's past!

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Manneken Pis, Bogense
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Manneken Pis, Bogense

Little Manneken is not only in Brussels, you'll also find him on Adelgade in Bogense!

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The Oldest House of North Funen
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The Oldest House of North Funen

You'll find North Funen's oldest house in Bogense. The house is more than 600 years old, and in that time it has witnessed many dramatic events.

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The Tanner's House at Adelgade 54
Photo: Nina Flintegaard
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The Tanner's House at Adelgade 54

Hempels House on Adelgade 54 was a dyehouse in the 19th century and later a grocery store and many other functions - and today the house is so well preserved that it has won an award for it.

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Erik Menved Kro - half-timbered house
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Erik Menved Kro - half-timbered house

No, the inn was not founded by King Erik Menved - but Erik Menveds Kro is one of Bogense's oldest houses and is also Funen's oldest inn.

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The Old Merchant's House in Østergade
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The Old Merchant's House in Østergade

The old merchant's house on Østergade in Bogense has been used as a shop since the 18th century - at that time there were three merchants in the building!

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The Town Hall in Bogense
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The Town Hall in Bogense

The new town hall in Bogense is actually from 1921 - but it is still in use, now as one of three town halls for the North Funen Municipality.

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The Carillon at Bogense Town Hall
Photo: Ole Grost
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The Carillon at Bogense Town Hall

Which melody is the carillon in Bogense playing? The carillon plays different melodies during the day, and the repertoire changes throughout the year.

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The Old Town Hall in Sct. Annagade
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The Old Town Hall in Sct. Annagade

The stately building with the grand staircase in Sct. Annagade is Bogense's former town hall - and here may once have been a monastery?

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The Water Tower in Bogense
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The Water Tower in Bogense

On Teglgårdsvej in Bogense there is a building that looks like an old castle tower. It's Bogense's old Water Tower!

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The Market Square in Bogense
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The Market Square in Bogense

At the town square in Bogense, there has been a market since the Middle Ages, and the square in front of the church has always been a centre of the town.

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Funen's smallest house
Photo: Casper Hansen
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Funen's smallest house

It's easy to overlook, but it is located right there at the town square in Bogense: One of Denmark's smallest houses - with only 23 square meters!

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Bogense Kirke - St. Nicholas Church
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Bogense Kirke - St. Nicholas Church

Bogense Church is located on top of a hillside by the coast. There is an impressive view of the sea from the church hill, and the beautiful church with the high tower and church spire can be seen from...

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The Timber House
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The Timber House

This impressive old white building towers on the corner of Adelgade and Kirkestræde - it's the so-called Timberhouse!

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Bogense Marina
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Bogense Marina

Bogense Marina is an impressive sight with all the big yachts - there is room for 700 yachts in the modern marina!

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