Assens is a town in western Fyn with approximately 6.000 inhabitants (41.000 in the local council area, Assens Kommune, of which Assens is capitol).
The town has historically been the main ferry point for goods and postal services between Copenhagen and Hamburg, given its position between these two cities. The postal route through Assens terminated with the opening of the Little Belt Bridge in 1935 between Middelfart and Jutland. The route, however, gives the town an important role in Danish and Funish history with a quaint town centre. Its distance from any main population centre (Odense 38 km., Svendborg 43 km.) gives the town a busy commercial status.
Bus 110, 132, 151 and 152 serve Assens directly from Odense several times an hour during the day Mon.-Fri. Hourly Sat. and Sun. Bus 825 serves Assens from Middelfart approximately 6 times a day Mon. - Fri.
The Bågø Ferry serves Assens from the small island of Bågø.
Between April and October it is possible to rent a rail cycle from the mainline junction on the Copenhagen - Jutland line in Tommerup and cycle the 30 km. on the disused Tommerup - Assens branch line.
There is a local bus service (260) which operates between Assens and Helnæs. All areas of Assens, however, are completely accessible by foot, bike or car.
- Ernsts Samlinger, Østergade 57.
- Mands Samling, Damgade 26.
- Willemoesgården, Østergade 36-38.
- Toldbodhus, Ndr. Havnevej 19.
- Galleri Sulegaarden.
- Fangehullet ved Hagenskov.
- [dead link] Assens Miniby, Ramsherred 52.
- [dead link] Restaurant Maagen.
- 2 Cafe Banken, Østergade 16, ☎ . Mo-Fr: 12:00-21:00;Sa-Su 10:00-21:00. Stylish cafe in former bank. Outdoor serving both on the square and the back yard. DKK 100.
For its size, Assens boasts numerous watering holes. In order of descending popularity, they are:
Havana Club, Strandgade 16 Nightclub with a young faithful crowd on Fridays and Saturdays. Very big crowds on the 23rd. of December when most of the expatriate community from around Denmark turn homeward.
Færgegården, Strandgade A local bodega style bar with dancing on Fridays and Saturdays. Great atmospehere most weekends. ATTENTION: Crowds arrive late and drink late.
O'Neill's Irish Pub, Torvet, Østergade On the main square in Assens you will find a themed Irish pub. The barman is Enhglish, however. Quiz nights, live sports, live music and dancing occurs regularly and give this watering hole a very authentic, yet local atmosphere.
Raadhuspubben, Torvet, Østergade An old bank has been turned into a bar. Very quiet atmosphere, but with beautiful decoration and an underground safe turned into a toilet, do not miss out on this place.
Restaurant Vestfyn, Østergade 84 Heavy drinkers tend to enjoy this spot. Great 'old school' deco and friendly staff offer a great start to a pubcrawl through town.
Strandkroen, Bådsmandsstræde 4 ATTENTION: This bar is closed at present. Small bar with live music. Tends to close down and reopen every five-six years. Presumably a bootlegger's bar at the moment.
- 2 Assens City Camp, Næsvej 15, ☎ .