Aarhus is Denmark’s second-largest city, it is situated on the north-east peninsula of Jutland and has a population of approximately 250,000 people.
Although Aarhus is quite a large city – and certainly by Danish standards it is – locals often curiously refer to it as the ‘world’s smallest big city’ because almost everything is within walking distance. It is possible to pass from the ultra-modern, vibrant part of town to the 17th Century Den Gamle By or Old Town in a matter of minutes. Not to mention the fact that it is also possible to reach a densely wooded natural setting or a beach within minutes, all within the same municipality.
As of recently, this youthful and historically significant city has gained fame for being considered the gastronomical capital of Jutland and for being awarded the title of European Capital of Culture back in 2017. Aarhus is rapidly gaining popularity as a world-class gastronomic hub and there are currently four Michelin starred restaurants in this large-yet-compact city. This underrated foodie destination offers a wide variety of restaurants of both international and Nordic cuisine, so you can happily eat your way through Aarhus’ thrilling food scene, regardless of your budget.
Aside from being a very happening city full of delicious and trendy gourmet establishments, the most unique things about Aarhus are its attractions. The key to finding accommodation in Aarhus is staying in a central location near to all its main sights. Hotels like the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus are conveniently located close to both parts of town, next to ARoS Art Museum, a 2k walk from Den Gamle By and 300 meters from the main train station.
Depending on what you are in the mood for, this city has attractions for everyone. Located by the water, Aarhus is one of Northern Europe’s biggest ports. Its recently redeveloped harbor now includes Aarhus Ø, the newest district in Aarhus with one-of-a-kind type facilities, like the Harbor Baths.
Some of the most popular sights visited are:
ARoS, a modern art museum with a rainbow-colored roof installation that provides you with a stunning multi-colored panorama of the city.
Den Gamble By, an open-air museum where you can travel back to and experience Denmark in the 1900s. Here, you can also find a market where traditional 17th Century goods are sold in their traditional location by a 17th Century community (all summer and December).
The Latin Quarter, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Aarhus, is made up of charming, narrow cobblestoned streets full of quaint little shops, cafes and restaurants.
Though the city has a convenient and affordable public transportation system, the preferred method of local transportation is either by foot or by bicycle and most of the main attractions in the city are within walking distance. If what you are looking for is a more in-depth, cultural experience, you can also purchase the Aarhus card to access the city’s top attractions, get free bus transportation and free parking.
If you wish to visit Denmark’s capital, you can be whisked off to Copenhagen in just over 3 hours from Aarhus’ main train station. A flight will take about 45 minutes if you need to save time. Not in a hurry? A Flixbus or Abildskou bus 888 will take about 4 hours, but for much less. Both land travel options have the added advantage of the very dramatic scenery: The Great Belt Fixed Link bridges and tunnel which boasts the world’s third longest suspension bridge span. Once on the island of Zealand, which is where the capital is located, you will find the chic and renowned Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen a five minute walk from Central Station and right next to the well known and loved Tivoli. Alternatively, you can also opt for the scenic and towering Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen near the Nyhavn waterfront, it is a two kilometer walk from Central Station across the bridge and boasts breathtaking high-rise views of the city.
Keep in mind that Denmark tends to score in the top 3 of the happiest countries on the planet every year and some denizens would have it that Aarhus and Copenhagen are amongst the happiest places in Denmark! If you want to enjoy the most in Aarhus solo travel is the best option.
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