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Odense
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Population: 176,683
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Odense is a city on the island of Fyn in Denmark. It's the third largest city in Denmark, known primarily for being the birth town of Hans Christian Andersen.


Hitchhiking in

From West (Germany, Jutland)

You can get of at almost all of the exits around Odense and catch a bus to the center, but at exit 52 Odense SV it is very easy for the driver to hold in at a supermarket Lidl. To get here you drive left towards the city center and right in the traffic light. Here the car can turn and drive back to the highway. From here you can also catch a to the city center. The bus stop is right after the traffic light. It is also possible to walk, it will take you around an hour (6 km).

From east (Copenhagen)

You can get of at Motorvejskryds Odense SØ "exit" 49. If you drive off the highway and follow it until the big roundabout you'll find a rest stop called Rasteplads Odense SØ. From there you driver can get back on the highway and you can walk towards the city and catch a bus to the center.

Hitchhiking out

East towards Sjaellend, Copenhagen, Sweden

The good news is that most of the traffic leaving Odense in this direction is funnelled onto the E20 via the junction near Svendborgvej.

However very recently (Jan 2018) this junction has been redesigned, and it's now much harder to hitch that it used to be. Your best bet is to stand halfway down Drejebaeken, where the road curves you'll see a space on the island in the middle of the road where cars can pull in. There are lots of traffic here, however it IS illegal for pedestrians to be on this street, and it is illegal for the cars to stop here. But I could not find a more suitable hitching spot.

If you don't want to stand there, there's a gas station near the McDonalds. Or try signing at the Flixbus bus stop near the McDonalds - but it's close to the roundabout and the cars see you pretty late. Signing before the roundabout means you miss the traffic leaving the gas station and the McDonalds.

Alternatively, there is another big junction 2km west at Dalumvej. However here the traffic are coming from four different roads so you won't have the same concentration on traffic.

If you're really having a bad time east out of Odense, it could be worth your time hitching west to the Kildebjerg gas station and looking for a ride east from there. Like I said, it's not easy. Also important to remember - when travelling east, you'll be going over the Great Belt Bridge which has a £35 euro toll. As with the ferries, this charge is per car.

West towards Jylland (Jutland) and Germany

It is normally very easy to hitchhike out of Odense towards Jutland and Germany. There is a bus stop just before the entrance 52 Odense SV to the highway where you can stand and catch all the traffic from Odense to the highway. To get here you can take bus 151-153: Assens/Brændekilde to the bus stop Vestre Boulevard, which is the spot. Or you can take bus 51-59: Bellinge/brændekilde and get of at Heliosvænget. From here you walk back in the direction from where the bus came, turn left at the first road you see, follow the pavement/bikeline under the big road, turn left up the stairs and you are there. When you take the bus you can see the signs for the highway and the spot, but the bus turn left in the traffic light just before, it dos not stop there.

It is important to be aware that the highway splits just after the bridge to Jutland, so if you are going south towards Germany, but your driver is going north towards ex. Aarhus, you have to get out at a gasstation before the bridge or at the exit/entrance of Fredericia (would not recommend this place) To awoid getting stuck you can either wait for a ride going south or get of at Lillebælt Nord (pic) right after exit 57 Nørre Aaby.. It can take some time to get a ride south from there, but it works.. From there it goes quite easy; there are a lot of gasstations after Kolding.

It takes me 5 hours from Odense center to Hamburg center almost on the minute every time.

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