It was founded at the mouth of a river by the Vikings as it was a privileged place for trade. Aarhus is a very youthful and university city. If you are thinking of taking a tour of the country you cannot leave it out of your route.
It is a city that can be visited in a couple of days at the most. In this post I will tell you what to see in Aarhus, how to get there , accommodation options … Let’s start!
First of all, I’ll tell you that in the city you can save by buying the Aarhus Card. It will allow you free entry to more than 25 museums and monuments in the city.
1. Den Gamle By
One of the most interesting places to visit in Aarhus is Den Gamle By. This is an open-air museum that will transport you back in time and where you will learn about the history and culture of Denmark from the 18th century to the 1970s.
Here you will find traditional houses, furniture and decorations of the time, you can visit the town hall, the shops, the bakery from 1885, the pharmacy…
Here you will find a relaxed and very youthful atmosphere. It is a good option to come to eat, take a bike ride…
2. The Cathedral of St. Clement of Aarhus
This immense cathedral can hold 1,200 people, making it the largest cathedral in Denmark. It is of Gothic and Romanesque style, built between 1200 and 1500, mainly in red brick.
Its main tower measures 93 meters and highlights its main portal, the altarpiece by Bernt Notke (one of the greatest medieval treasures in the country) and the Danish-style medieval fresco found inside.
3. Kunstmuseum Hoops
The Aros is a museum, housing the largest art collection after Copenhagen.
Among the works on display is a collection of 18th-century Danish painting, works from the 19th-century Golden Age, and modernist works.
It is a very interesting visit and an essential stop for art lovers.
This museum is dedicated to the daily life, restrictions and resistance of Denmark during the time it was occupied by the Nazis. This museum was used as a Gestapo headquarters in 1944.
This museum is dedicated to paying homage to women. Plasma life and work throughout the history of women. Inequality, social circumstances and what they had to face in the 20th century.
Aarhus Town Hall stands out for its architecture, made of concrete and marble. And it is a relatively new building, it was opened in the year 1941. It has a 60 meter high tower with a clock on it. You can climb on it and appreciate the magnificent views of the city it offers.
7. Viking Museum
This small museum shows you an exhibition on Viking history. You will find elements that they used and a bit of history. Although really, it is more of an introduction and the visit is very short. If you really want to know more about Viking history you should visit the Moesgaard museum, just outside the city.
8. Moesgaard Museum
Near Aarhus, an hour away by car or public transport, is the Moesgaard Museum. It is one of the most important Viking anthropological museums in Jutland.
You will find archaeological and anthropological exhibitions , the man of Grauballe (the oldest mummy in Europe and the best preserved), domestic elements of the time… It is very interesting! And if you have time to add this visit, you can’t miss it.
9. Tivoli Frieden
If you want to enjoy yourself a little like a child, you can do it in this amusement park. It is located among the trees of the Marselisborg forest, very close to the city.
Among the more than 40 attractions and fairgrounds in the park, its four roller coasters , the Sky Tower and the cinemagic 5D stand out.
10. Latin Quarter
Here is one of the most beautiful corners of the city. With pedestrian streets, traditional houses, with several bars, night pubs and restaurants and garden areas.
Just 10 minutes walk from the Latin Quarter of Aarhus is Møllestien street , one of the oldest in the city. Here you will find charming, colorful, single-storey houses built in the 18th century.
11. Marliesborg Palace
This Mansion was built in 1902 as a wedding present for Prince Christian and Princess Alexandrine. Today the Palace is used as a summer residence for the Danish royal family. Every noon the famous changing of the guard takes place in its courtyard. Although the rooms of the palace cannot be visited, its gardens can be accessed.
12. Botanical Garden
The Aarhus Botanical Garden covers an area of 16.5 hectares. There is a great variety of species. Among them, native and medicinal plants, a rose garden, an arboretum, several greenhouses…
If you feel like disconnecting, the botanical garden is perfect for strolling through nature, unhurriedly, and enjoying the surroundings.
13. Church of Our Lady
The Church of Our Lady of Aarhus is a Catholic temple located in the historic center “Indre By”. It is neo-Gothic in style, built of red brick and was inaugurated in 1880. Inside it is a bit austere, highlighting the beauty of the architecture.
This peculiar residential building is located in the Docklans neighborhood of Aarhus. Despite not having any cultural or historical interest, the architecture of the building is impressive and it is worth visiting and photographing it. It is located on the Mariane Thomsens Gade promenade, so take the opportunity to enjoy the place and take a pleasant walk.