Top 5 Things to do in Aarhus, Denmark

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    The beautiful city of Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest and home to over 300,000 people. Despite its size, Aarhus manages to offer visitors the perfect mix of small town charm and cosmopolitan city, with its vibrant nightlife and shopping opportunities coupled with wonderfully romantic restaurants hidden in quiet back streets. It is a city of culture and history, stunning architecture and peaceful parks that are just perfect for a picnic. Anyone who is planning to visit Aarhus for the first time may be a little overwhelmed at the sheer number of things to do. So with that in mind here is a list of the top 5 things to do in Aarhus, Denmark to get started.

    – The ARoS art museum is one of the largest in Denmark and is a treat even for those who do not consider themselves to be ‘arty’. There are examples of all different types of art to be discovered here but the black-walled maze of the ‘9 spaces’ exhibit is probably the biggest draw. Right next door to the museum is the famous concert hall that was designed by Johan Richter in the early 1980’s and is a stunning example of the architecture to be found in Aarhus.

    – The Den Gamle By museum is compiled of 75 Danish houses with original architecture that have been moved into one area to form an open-air museum. The houses date from 1597 to 1909 and include working businesses, shops and restaurants true to the period that they date from. Visitors can wander through the houses to get a real taste of what life was like back then, sample food and drinks and even get involved in acting out characters as they go about their daily tasks.

    – The Tivoli Friheden amusement park is a great day out for the whole family. It has over 40 rides to suit all ages and swimming pools, cinemas, etc. There are plenty of restaurants located in the park, but they also have barbeque and picnic facilities so visitors can bring their own food and cook on site. Throughout the year the Tivoli Friheden also has theme days, shows and concerts taking place, so visitors should check the website to make sure they don’t miss anything.

    – There are lots of shopping streets and different shopping malls dotted all over Aarhus, but for something different try a visit to the Latin Quarter. Home to some of the city’s oldest cafes and restaurants there are also lots of small independent shops where people will be able to pick up quality handcrafted items and exotic food. At the beginning of May they also have a street party in Mejlgade, which is just outside of the Latin Quarter, and visitors will be able to join in with dancing, singing and general merry making.

    – Aarhus is lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful forests and lakes, which are perfect for a relaxing day after all of the sightseeing. The BrabandLake has over 10km of pedestrian paths that are lovely and flat, which makes them perfect for cycling. Bikes can be hired all over the city or at the lake itself and they are a brilliant way to get around and see everything.

    There is not much to think about but plan when your next trip and why not it be Aarhus. It is an incredible city and unfortunately it is wide underestimated travel destination when there is so much to do and so many things to see there. Do not hesitate but book your flight and hotel in Aarhus (of course the Danes call it Hotel Århus) and have a great time.

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