Are you planning a visit to Aarhus? If not hopefully I can convince you exactly why visiting Aarhus is a great idea!
Aarhus in Jutland Denmark has been named the European Capital of Culture for 2017. It has also been named by Lonely Planet as one of 10 European cities you should visit. While Denmark is often cited as the happiest country on earth Aarhus is apparently THE happiest place in Denmark so why not go and see what it is that makes these lucky people so …well….happy!!!!
Whilst I have been to Aarhus 3 times the last visit was a little over 26 years ago. This visit was a combined trip to Copenhagen and Aarhus.
I must confess that the main purpose of my visit to Aarhus was to visit a Danish friend but we did visit some places which I would recommend to anyone heading there. So without further ado lets look at some things to do when visiting Aarhus!
Den Gamle By – The Old Town Museum
This has to be my number 1 recommendation for anyone exploring Aarhus. It is a fabulous museum experience – it covers 3 periods of Danish history in one town. Wander the open-air museum and wander through the 1600’s onwards – there are houses which were dismantled and rebuilt in the museum from different time periods (1600 – 1900, 1900 – 1927 and 1927-1974 are explored in the museum).
My favourite were the 1970’s!!! It was like going back to my childhood – my friend’s children had great fun playing with the dial up telephone and typewriter!!!!
This museum is great in that it focuses on the daily lives of normal Danish people throughout history.
ARoS is the main art museum in Aarhus. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit though I took this photograph of the Your rainbow panorama on the roof of the building. This is a circular glass walkway that gives fantastic views of the city. It is an artwork made by Olafur Eliasson a Danish/Icelandic artist.
For more information about ARosS and the Your rainbow panorama check out the VISIT AARHUS website.
This is the Queen of Denmark’s summer and Christmas residence. I have been once but not when she was at home! When she isn’t in residence her rose garden and the Palace grounds are open to the public. When the Royal family are in residence you can enjoy the changing of the guard every day at 12 noon.
Fact file for Aarhus
How to get to Aarhus (from Copenhagen)
We travelled by train to Aarhus from Copenhagen. It took 3 hours and was a very pleasant trip. If you want to book train travel in Denmark I would check out the Danish Railways website. As always I would also say to check out seat61 – I plan no train travel at all without consulting that website first!
Where to stay in Aarhus
We were staying with my friend but there is a variety of accommodation available in Aarhus
Where to eat in Aarhus
Well Aarhus is home to a number of Michelin starred restaurants but it is also home to Aarhus Street Food. No prizes for guessing where we went for dinner!!
And if you are really lucky and know some Danish people you can try some of their national dishes! We had a really lovely meal at my friend’s Mum’s house!
There are lots more things to do and see in Aarhus – we will be back! If you want to know more then check out the VISIT AARHUS website!
There you can find out about all the top attractions in Aarhus as well as some of those Michelin starred restaurants in town! There is also an AarhusCARD available which is worth looking into if you are planning to visit!
I will leave you with some images from our time visiting Aarhus
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