Aarhus, Denmark

It's easy to assume that Aarhus stands in Copenhagen's shadow - Aarhus after all is the second largest city in Denmark but despite this fact, it only has close to 260.000 inhabitants, compared to the 600.000 of Copenhagen. Århus university is both the country's second oldest and second largest. Being recognized as the student´s city in Denmark it gives it a youthful vibe. Yet Aarhus boasts a traditional and relaxed feeling at the same time, as the city has kept in many of its areas the unique Danish buildings, combined with some of the most modern and fine new Danish designs. Early Archeological findings date Århus´s founding in 770. Famous internationally for its extensive cultural scene; you can find some of the best Museums in Denmark. It is also rich in parks and green areas. Located on Jutland's east coast, Aarhus is surrounded by dense forests, and provides easy access to Denmark's scenic Lake District west of the city and it also holds the queen's summer residence beautifully set at the rim of the forest overlooking the sea.

Originally constructed in the 12th century, Aarhus's Domkirke is one of the greatest cathedrals in Scandinavia. Its immense copper spire stands over 300 feet high, making it - ironically - the second tallest bell tower in Northern Europe.

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Points of Interest

  • Den Gamle By Museum
  • Aarhus Cathedral
  • Raasted Church
  • Ebeltoft
  • Fyrkat Viking Fortress
  • The Church of Our Lady
  • Lake District

More about Aarhus, Denmark Points of Interest

  • Den Gamle By Museum

    This open-air museum from 1914 features 75 original historic structures collected from around Denmark. Most of the buildings range in age from the 15th - 18th centuries. Brought to the museum brick by brick and erected again in their original form.

  • Aarhus Cathedral

    The Cathedral´s construction started in the year 1190 and remained unfinished until the 16th century. Aarhus Domkirke is Denmark's longest and tallest cathedral.

  • Raasted Church

    This village church dates back to the 12th century and is especially known for its late Romanesque frescoes depicting the life of Jesus.

  • Ebeltoft

    Founded circa 1200, this market town on the southern Djursland Peninsula is one of Denmark's top vacation spots. The village features charming old cobblestone lanes lined with hollyhock, well-preserved, half-timbered buildings and popular beaches. The harbor holds the large battleship-The Frigate Jutland.

  • Fyrkat Viking Fortress

    Fyrkat is one of five ring fortresses - perfectly circular earthen fortresses with four gates and two roads meeting at the center - built by Viking King Harald Bluetooth. Now revived and commemorated in Bluetooth technology. The earthen walls and roads are still visible but there are no remains of the houses constructions; stones mark the original situation of the walls.

  • The Church of Our Lady

    Originally an abbey, the Church of Our Lady dates back to the Middle Ages. Today there are three churches within the construction plus the old abbey court yard.

  • Lake District

    Located in the Jutland Peninsula, this pristine area is a wonderland of tranquil lakes (74, to be exact), serene woodlands, the majestic Sky Mountain, and the charming town of Silkeborg, home of Tollund Man.

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Ebeltoft & Scenic Drive

4.5 hours | Aarhus | A A R - 2 2 0
  • Ebeltoft

Experience the Jutland countryside on a scenic drive to Ebeltoft. Today the old market village cobblestone streets and half-timbered cottages make it one of Denmark's top resort destinations. See the historic steam frigate "Jylland" and then drive along the outskirts of the moraines and rolling hills of Mols National Park.

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Easy Aarhus & the Natural History Museum

4 hours | Aarhus | A A R - 2 3 0
  • Aarhus Cathedral

A panoramic driving tour of Aarhus introduces this exceptional city and visits two highlights, the Aarhus Cathedral, the longest and tallest church in Denmark, and the Natural History Museum, offering an up-close experience with such intriguing exhibits as the animals of the African savanna and the Danish landscape from the Ice Age to today.

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Moesgaard Museum, City Drive & Time On Your Own

3 hours | Aarhus | A A R - 2 2 5

The new Moesgaard Museum, opened in 2014, is a unique look back at the prehistoric era. Take a time-travel journey through dynamic exhibits and interactive displays that showcase the early Bronze Age through to Viking times. Then, enjoy free time in the city center to stroll the largest shopping street in Aarhus.

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Highlights of Aarhus

3 hours | Aarhus | A A R - 2 0 0
  • Den Gamle By Museum
  • Aarhus Cathedral

Explore Århus on this half-day scenic, narrated drive that visits Aarhus Cathedral, the longest and tallest church in Denmark, and the Den Gamle By Open Air Museum. Along the way, you'll see Marselisborg Palace, the summer residence of the Royal Family, the Aarhus Town Hall, the Botanical Gardens, and the ARoS Art Museum with Olafur Eliason's rainbow panorama on the rooftop.

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Highlights of Aarhus Guided in French

3 hours | Aarhus | A A R - 2 0 4
  • Den Gamle By Museum
  • Aarhus Cathedral

Explore Århus on this half-day scenic, narrated drive that visits Aarhus Cathedral, the longest and tallest church in Denmark, and the Den Gamle By Open Air Museum. Along the way, you'll see Marselisborg Palace, the summer residence of the Royal Family, the Aarhus Town Hall, the Botanical Gardens, and the ARoS Art Museum with Olafur Eliason's rainbow panorama on the rooftop.

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Aspectos Destacados De Aarhus (Guiado En Español)

3 hours | Aarhus | A A R - 2 0 2
  • Den Gamle By Museum
  • Aarhus Cathedral

Explore Århus on this half-day scenic, narrated drive that visits Aarhus Cathedral, the longest and tallest church in Denmark, and the Den Gamle By Open Air Museum. Along the way, you'll see Marselisborg Palace, the summer residence of the Royal Family, the Aarhus Town Hall, the Botanical Gardens, and the ARoS Art Museum with Olafur Eliason's rainbow panorama on the rooftop.

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Best of Arhus: Canal Walk, Aros Art Museum & Den Gamle By

4 hours | Aarhus | A A R - 2 1 5
  • Den Gamle By Museum

Two museums and a stroll along the historic Aarhus Canal make for a lovely day of cultural and scenic splendor. Visit the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, home to the famed "Your Rainbow Panorama" and "Den Gamle By," to see a living museum with more than 80 houses dating from 1600 to 1970 populated by costumed characters.

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A Day in Legoland for Families

6 hours | Aarhus | A A R - 6 1 0

Kids of all ages will thrill to a visit to the world-famous amusement park Legoland. Experience a world made of Lego bricks in Miniland, where over 60 million bricks have been used to re-create landmarks from around the world. With over 50 rides and attractions, this is the perfect choice for the whole family.

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A Walk through Historic Aarhus

4 hours | Aarhus | A A R - 3 8 0
  • Aarhus Cathedral
  • The Church of Our Lady

Discover Aarhus's heritage on a walking tour of the old town. Visit the cathedral and view a model of Aarhus as it appeared in the 10th century at the Viking Museum. Stroll the Latin Quarter and visit the Crypt Church of Our Lady, discovered below a 12th-century church.

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The Fast and the Foodie

4 hours | Aarhus | A A R - 3 0 0

Gourmet food and a sightseeing boat ride are the perfect pairing on this exciting adventure that features a high-speed RIB Boat tour through the bay of Aarhus as well as a traditional light Danish lunch at a historic restaurant. Conclude with a panoramic drive past the city's highlights.

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