Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city (after Copenhagen), is an important cultural center with exceptional art facilities and museums. More than 40,000 students in the city make of Aarhus a young and dynamic place and despite its size, it manages to offer visitors the perfect mix of a small-town charm and a cosmopolitan city. Aarhus has a lively center, nice beaches, relaxing forests and a beautiful harbor. To get started, check out our Top 8 Things To Do In Aarhus.
Tivoli Friheden is an amusement park right in the middle of Aarhus city. It has over 40 rides to suit all ages, swimming pools, cinemas and more.
Marselisborg Palace is the royal residence of the Danish Royal Family in Aarhus. The palace is surrounded by a park, small ponds and shrub-covered slopes.
Aarhus Cathedral (Aarhus Domkirke)
Aarhus Cathedral is the longest church in Denmark. It was constructed during the 12th century and completed in 1350.
Den Gamle By
Den Gamle By is an open-air town museum with 75 historical buildings that were collected from 20 townships around Denmark. The largest section portrays the 1700s and 1800s, though it does contain buildings going back to the 1500s.
Møllestien is a cobblestoned cozy old street in the middle of Aarhus and some say it is one of the most beautiful streets in Europe. It is bordered by pastel homes and was built in the 1700s.
The ‘Latin Quarter’ is the oldest quarter in Aarhus. It grew up between the late 14th century after the city had been given permission to demolish the old Viking fortifications. In the Latin Quarter you will find a vibrant atmosphere, the cafés are filled with people and the streets are narrow and cobblestoned. Source: visitaarhus
Rainbow Panorama is a circular walkaway glass with the colors of a rainbow around. It was designed by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.
Founded in 1875, the Botanical Gardens offers a nice variety of plants in a greenhouse. It is located north to the Old Town and entrance is free.
Just So You Know…
- Aarhus was first settled by Vikings, who called it “Aros,” an Old Norse word meaning “river mouth”.
- Aarhus sits on the eastern edge of the Jylland (Jutland) peninsula, the only part of Denmark attached to mainland Europe.
- Aarhus Festival is among the largest cultural events in Scandinavia and showcases both local, national and international artists.
- Braband Lake is the perfect place to relax and walk along 10 km (6.2 miles) of pedestrian paths.
- If you are visiting with kids go to feed Deer at The Deer Park.
Get Some Culture:
- Moesgård Museum – Accommodates archaeological and ethnographic exhibitions.
- ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum – One of the largest art museums in Europe.
- Viking Museum – Presents various Viking Age structures.
- Women’s Museum – Focuses on women’s life and discuss gender issues, body and sexuality.