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Aarhus Travel Guide

The best of Aarhus

Located on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula, Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark and considered the happiest city in the whole country. With a cosmopolitan feel and a small-town vibe at the same time, if you are planning city breaks in Aarhus, look out for the city’s multiple cultural attractions, including the Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum for a look at local artists or The Old Town, where you can step into the world of Hans Christian Andersen, surrounding by charming wooden houses and costumed characters.

 

If you’re looking for hotels, Aarhus has several attractive neighbourhoods in which to base yourself on a weekend break; try Trøjbjorg for a quiet, cosy stay, or pick the more lively Frederiksbjerg, near the Aarhus Central Station.

Other things to do in Aarhus

Start your weekend breaks in Aarhus with Den Gamle By, or The Old Town, featuring 75 original Danish buildings from 1597 to 1909, as well as snapshots of life during the 1920s and 1970s. For a true taste of Danish architecture, visit Rådhuset, the Town Hall; nearby is the famous Aarhus landmark, the Grisebrønden statue, featuring huge granite pigs. At the Moesgaard Museum, you can see the only completely preserved bog body and Iron Age weapons (admission is $17).

 

If you want a cheap city break in Aarhus, visit Marselisborg Park, next to the Danish Queen’s summer residence, Marselisborg Palace. The house is not open to the public but you can feed the deer herds or take a leisurely walk on the beach at Marselisborg Strand.Many locals and visitors get around Aarhus by bike, as the city is well set-up for cyclists. There are picturesque routes you can take such as the Brabrandstien cycle path to Brabrand Lake, in the south of the city. The abundant pedestrianised streets make the centre great for walking around, too. Buses can allow you to get around the city attractions a little quicker, with the AarhusCARD including all city and regional buses (as well as the airport bus) and many museums, from just over £25 for 24 hours.

Eating and drinking in Aarhus

When it comes to food, open sandwiches, such as ‘smørrebrød’, are particularly popular in Aarhus, and Denmark in general. You will also find plenty of cold buffets consisting of pickled herring and sour cream-based sauces. Visit the Aarhus Central Food Market to browse the stalls for Danish produce, or get a takeaway lunch at Kähler Smørrebrød.

 

For a sit-down meal, try Aarhus’ Latin Quarter, home to top-quality restaurants like Mefisto, named the best restaurant in Denmark in 2016. Plan your visit on a Tuesday to get a three-course lobster menu for under £50 per person.

Aarhus climate

From November through March, you can expect average temperatures to be around 5 degrees. The hottest months are June, July, and August, when temperatures remain around  16 degrees; this is the best time to visit Aarhus. However, the seasons are not extreme, so short breaks in Aarhus are still pleasant during the spring and fall seasons as well.

When to go to Aarhus

The most popular event is the Aarhus Festival in late August, one of the largest annual arts festivals in Scandinavia featuring music, theatre and visual art. Alternatively, visit Aarhus during the Explore the World Festival in early June, for a two-day festival of international shopping and culture.

 

Short breaks in Aarhus are enjoyable throughout the year, however, as there is a fun nightlife and music scene. Aarhus is home to many late-night cafes, nightclubs, and bars, with big-name performances at the Concert Hall and plenty of smaller independent venues like Headquarters or Radar for up-and-coming acts.

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