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Aarhus, Denmark

Århus, (pronounced: Oar-Hoos, previously Aarhus) is the main city on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. It also holds the title of Denmark's second-largest city.

Århus offers an elegant mix of cosmopolitan city and quaint small-town charm, with wonderful pubs, restaurants and romantic places. The average age of its inhabitants is among the lowest in Europe. This is mainly because of the large student population.
Some interesting facts:
  • There are many plans for highrise buildings in Århus, including the future tallest building in Denmark (Lighthouse -142 meters [466 feet]).
  • Århus is part of the East Jutland Metropolitan area, which has the fastest-growing population in Denmark, by far.
  • Århus has a big, well known cultural festival week, called "Århus Festuge" (Århus Festival Week).
  • Aarhus has for many years been known as a breeding ground for Danish... Read more

Aarhus, Denmark

Århus, (pronounced: Oar-Hoos, previously Aarhus) is the main city on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. It also holds the title of Denmark's second-largest city.

Århus offers an elegant mix of cosmopolitan city and quaint small-town charm, with wonderful pubs, restaurants and romantic places. The average age of its inhabitants is among the lowest in Europe. This is mainly because of the large student population.
Some interesting facts:
  • There are many plans for highrise buildings in Århus, including the future tallest building in Denmark (Lighthouse -142 meters [466 feet]).
  • Århus is part of the East Jutland Metropolitan area, which has the fastest-growing population in Denmark, by far.
  • Århus has a big, well known cultural festival week, called "Århus Festuge" (Århus Festival Week).
  • Aarhus has for many years been known as a breeding ground for Danish musicians and bands, primarily in mainstream pop and rock music.
  • Aarhus is known as The City of Smiles (da. Smilets By). It probably just started as a slogan to improve the city's image, but it has nevertheless caught on and has for many years been a common nickname for the city.
  • Aarhus is also known as The City of Cafés - visit the city and you will soon know why.
  • Tourist Information Office (across from the railway station) pick up the leaflet "Aarhus - five historical walks". The walks are all really short and you could do them all easily in a day as they are all in the city center.

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Aarhus, Denmark: Port Information

Cruise liners dock at the port within walking distance from the city center. You can easily get to the main landmarks on foot.
Taxis, public transportation, and tour buses are available.

Get around Aarhus, Denmark

The entire city is clean and well organized, making walking an excellent and enjoyable way to get around.
Rent a bike at Cycling Aarhus (They also provide guided bike tours) or in Bikes4Rent or better yet, borrow a free City Bike, available around in the city.
Bus tickets for travel within the city limits (Aarhus Kommune limits) are also available in 10-trip tickets, that vary in price depending on how far you want to go, cheaper cards are also available for under 16-year-olds. Finally, there are tickets that allow you to ride all you want for 30 days, again prices vary depending on how far you want to go.
You can also buy a cheap Aarhus Pass which covers all bus transport and all the museums.


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What to see in Aarhus, Denmark

Anyone who appreciates seeing European architecture will find many points of interest in the city, not least the Concert Hall ("Musikhuset" from 1982 by Johan Richter), which is located next door to the new art museum ARoS.
  • ARoS (Aarhus Art Museum)

    , Aros Allé 2, +45 8 730 66 00. Tu-Su 10-17, except W 10-22. One of Denmark’s largest museums, be sure to check out the '9 Spaces', a maze of black-walled galleries.
  • Bymuseet. The town museum of Aarhus has been closed down, to be a part of "Den Gamle By"   
  • Den Gamle By (The Old Town), Viborgvej 2, +45 86 12 31 88. Collection of 75 original Danish buildings dating from 1597 to 1909 moved to create an open-air museum village; there are shops and restaurants, some true to the period.   
  • Kvindemuseet (Women's Museum)

    , Domkirkepladsen 5, +45 86 18 64 70. Tu-Su 10-16, except W 10-20.
  • Moesgaard Museum

    , Moesgård Allé 20 (Take bus 6 South), +45 89 42 11 00. Apr-Oct 10-17, Nov-Mar Tu-Su 10-16. The museum reopened in new buildings by architect Henning Larsen in 2015. The building itself, as well as the surrounding park, forest and beach landscape makes for a nice day trip in themselves, but it is the experience-oriented exhibitions that make this ethnographic and archeological museum stand out. The main attractions are two finds from the Iron Age - the Grauballe Man, the only completely preserved bog body, and the impressive sacrifices of weapons from Illerup Ådal.  
  • Rådhuset (The Town Hall), Rådhuspladsen 2, +45 89 40 20 00‎. By the famous architect Arne Jacobsen is one of the highlights of Danish architecture. Don't miss the Grisebrønden statue (the well of the pigs) with the drooling and peeing pigs, located in the Town Hall Square.   
  • The University Park by C.F.Møller, Kaj Fisker,(buildings) and C. Th. Sørensen (landscape) is another noteworthy piece of architecture. Here you find the State Library, a Natural History Museum and the Steno Museum with collections on science and medicine.
  • Vor Frue Kirke, Vestergade 21, +45 86 12 12 43. Church with an interesting crypt church in the basement, built about 1060. It is one of the oldest still existing stone churches in Scandinavia, maybe the oldest.   
  • Aarhus Domkirke (Aarhus Cathedral), Domkirkepladsen 2, +45 86 20 54 00. May-Sep 9.30-16,Oct-Apr 10-15. The beautiful cathedral is over 800 years old, and the longest in Denmark. Next to it, Aarhus Cathedral School is situated, also over 800 years old and the oldest still existing high-school in the world.   
  • Aarhus Kunstbygning, J.M. Mørks Gade 13, +45 86 20 60 50. Tu-Su 10-17, except W 10-21. Center of contemporary art.   
  • Aarhus Viking Museum, Skt. Clemens Torv 6, +45 89 42 11 00. M-F 10-16, except Th 10-17.30. Small Viking museum located in the basement of the Nordea Bank next to the cathedral. Free.   
  • Dokk1, Hack Kampmanns Plads 2, +45 89 40 92 00. M-F 8-22, Sa-Su 10-16. Dokk1 is the city's main library in Aarhus. The library opened in 2015 and was designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen. The building houses Europe's biggest automated car park and have a lot of weekly activities. The library has a beautiful playground called "Kloden" and a café Free.

What to do in Aarhus, Denmark

For concerts, try The Concert Hall, Train, Voxhall, Gyngen, Fatter Eskil, Musikcafeen or Studenterhus Aarhus.
Enjoy one of the many nature offerings, all of which can be reached by foot from the city: Botanisk Have (The Botanical Garden), Universitetsparken (The University Park), Vennelystparken, Riis Skov (Riis Forest) or Havreballe Skov (Havreballe Forest). The beautiful 8 km. stretch of forest south of the city is equally suited for a hike, especially the old forest around the Moesgård Museum and Skovmøllen (Forest Mill). Brabrand Lake is ideal for biking and rollerskating, as there is 10 km of flat paths without any car traffic.

Theatre & Cinema

For independent and European cinema, visit Øst for Paradis. For mainstream movies, visit Cinemaxx in Bruuns Galleri, Biocity opposite from the train station or Metropol in Trøjborg.
  • Aarhus Studenternes Filmklub, Ny Munkegade 1530, ☎ +45 86 12 74 88. The filmclub of the Aarhus University, but open for everyone.
  • Slagtehal 3, Mejlgade 50, ☎ +45 86 19 00 79. Is your choice, if you're into horror movies, movies every Thursday.
  • Bora Bora, Valdemarsgade 1, ☎ +45 89 33 23 00. Cozy theater with a bar near Musikhuset.
  • Aarhus Theater, Teatergaden, ☎ +45 89 33 23 00. The city's main theater.

Other listings

  • Tivoli Friheden, Skovbrynet 5, ☎ +45 86 14 73 00. 11-23 (varies greatly). Amusement park is located south of the center. Check opening days on the webpage. Also featuring concerts.
  • Jysk Væddeløbsbane, Observatorievejen 2, ☎ +45 86 14 25 11. Go watch a horse race.
  • RaceHall, Hasselager Centervej 30, ☎ +45 86 28 01 70. Go for a go-kart race in what they claim is the largest indoor Race track in Europe.
  • Aarhus Skøjtehal, Gøteborg Alle 9, ☎ +45 86 10 42 19. Ice skating is possible during the winter in Aarhus Skøjtehal, or outside the Concert Hall.
  • Huset (The House), Vestrbros Torv 1-3, ☎ +45 86 76 20 00. M-Th 9-21, F 9-16. You can make your own artworks in the free ateliers in this activity center.
  • VoxHall, Vester Alle 15, ☎ +45 87 30 97 97. Basically a concert hall, with a good, tightly planned concert schedule. Tickets are usually bought at the door, but if you're going to a major concert, buy before-hand!

What to eat and drink in Aarhus, Denmark


There are hundreds of restaurants in Aarhus, reaching from cheap kebab joints, to high-class dining. Aarhus is generally known as one of the best places to eat in Denmark, probably due to the strong competition. However, the best places are not necessarily located on the most prominent addresses, so a bit of browsing is recommended. You could also try Åen - walk down "the river" in the city center, there are lots of restaurants and cafes with high standard.
The locals regularly frequent the many cafés when going out for a meal. Besides being the best option for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, most cafés serve excellent homemade burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups and snacks at reasonable prices.
  • Casa Mia, Tordenskjoldsgade 12. Nice and cozy Italian restaurant serving simple and tasty pizzas and pasta dishes. Enjoy the food at the restaurant, or have it as take away.
  • Havnens Perle, Sverigesgade 1A, +45 86 13 22 56. Located at the harbor. This place has been awarded the best Danish barbecue restaurant in Aarhus. Enjoy a fresh-made burger, hotdogs or a traditional Danish meal with pork, potatoes and loads of cream sauce. They serve more roadhouse-style food than a restaurant - ensure you check out the website before making the trip out there.  
  • Restaurant Koch, Pakkerivej 2, +45 86 18 64 00. Open Thursday and Friday night only   
  • Restaurant Seafood, Marselisborg Havnevej 44, +45 86 18 56 55. Located at the marina they serve, as the name suggests, seafood. The food is photo-worthy when served and tastes equally as good. The menu even comes with a translation page in case you're not familiar with Danish, although it's easier to just get the waiter to translate for you!   
  • Latin Brasserie and Creperie, Klostergade 2, +45 86 13 78 12. located on a corner in the Latin Quarter. They serve good mussels with hand-cut chips.   
  • Spiselauget, Skovgaardsgade 3, +45 31 41 20 22. located in the creative workshop Godsbanen. Take a walk on top of the building's slanted roof or visit the Double Rainbow Kakao Bar beside the old rails.
  • Mackies's Cantina (Mackie's Pizza), Sct. Clemens Torv 9, +45 86 12 36 61. nice restaurant and café, known for introducing pizza eating without knife and fork, into Aarhus. Pretty cheap prices.   
  • Mefisto, Volden 28, +45 86 13 18 13. A simple cafe with great food. The menu includes seafood, tapas, meat.
  • Kohalen, Jægergårdsgade 154, +45 86 12 14 81. an old and authentic restaurant located at Sydhavnen. The restaurant has been elected as the best place to eat smørrebrød in Aarhus.
  • Schweizer Bageriet, M.P. Bruuns Gade 56. Located up the hill south of the railway station. A tasty bakery full of Danish delights - perfect for breakfast, although you'll have to find your coffee elsewhere.   
  • Skovmøllen, Skovmøllevej 51, +45 86 27 12 14. Eat your lunch in an old watermill in the forest, then stroll along the stream, running through a beech forest down to the beach.   
  • Bülows kaffebar, Jægergårdsgade 80 (A short south on M. P. Bruuns Gade from the train station and to the right on Jægergårdsgade), +45 86 21 55 50. Tuesday through Friday 10.00 to 17.30, Saturday 10.00 till 16.00. A very cozy, eclectically decorated cafe. It is elevated such that your head is at the ground level of the street outside. Friendly barista.   
  • Café Gaya, Vestergade 43. Organic vegetarian café with vegan options. 


Aarhus's large student population fuels a lively nightlife. There is a robust nightlife for those who are looking for a night on the town. Aarhus can deliver everything from big mainstream clubs to small alternative hangouts playing niche music.
Prices for food and drink are higher than in other parts of Europe, especially near the river (Å in Danish). The favorite local beers are Tuborg, Carlsberg, and Ceres (which is no longer brewed locally).
  • Bodega Kurts Mor, Fredens Torv 7.  
  • Bridgewater, Åboulevarden 22, +45 86 18 20 01. M-W 16-midnight,Th 16-03,F 14-03,Sa 12-05,Su 14-midnight. Biggest sports bar in town. Good atmosphere and lots of people even if there's no game.
  • The Australian Bar Aarhus, Åboulevarden 21, +45 30 37 07 38. Th-Sa 22:00-05:00. Offers free bar between 23-00 without entrance fee (only wardrobe).   
  • Castenskiold, Åboulevarden 32, +45 86 55 22 23. M-Th 10-midnight, F-Sa 10-02, Su 10-17. Sunny cafe during the day and sizzling bar at night, sleek design and creative cocktails, has become something of a clubhouse for city's design and fashion elite.   
  • Die Kleine Bierstube, Frederiksgade 75, +45 86 13 67 64. M-Th noon-01,F noon-03,Sa 11-03. German bar.   
  • Fidel's, Åboulevarden 25,, +45 86 20 24 28. Th 19-03, F-Sa 19-05. Cocktail bar, age limit 23 on weekends.   
  • Flintstone, Rosenkrantzgade 20, +45 86 12 43 44. M-W 13-01,Th-F 13-02,Sa 10-02,Su 16-01. A small but cozy pub not far from the main walking street. Nice and friendly staff! 
  • Gaz station, Åboulevarden 21, +45 86 18 18 28. Th 21-05, F-Sa 19-05. Start the night in one of the cafés on the opposite side of the club.
  • Heidi's Bier Bar, Klostergade 34, +45 87 48 00 03. W 20-03,Th-F 20-05,Sa 18-05.   
  • Herr Bartels, Åboulevarden 46, +45 86 18 08 33. The longest bar in town, serving the best drinks in town. Nice atmosphere, nice crowd. Recommended.   
  • Ris Ras Filliongongong, Mejlgade 24, +45 86 18 50 06. M-Sa noon-02, Su 14-19. Also just known as Ris Ras, this cozy and alternative bar offers a great variety of beers, rums and... Hookahs! When the tiny bar gets packed, you can find more secluded - but not less cozy - rooms in the basement.   
  • Social Club, Klostergade 34, +45 86 19 42 50. Biggest and best student club in Aarhus. Inside there are two separate discos and a nice arrangement of dance floors. They are very strict on the Student ID so don't forget it. Furthermore, "Happy hour" at Social Club can be very happy indeed - they serve free beer from 23:00-24:00. If you're lucky enough that it's your birthday that night, they will give you a free bottle of vodka and sodas.
  • Sams Bar, Klostergade 28., +45 86 13 21 31. Th 21-03, F-Sa 21-05. If you don’t get into Social Club, go to this neighboring club.
  • Train, Toldbodgade 6, +45 86 13 87 22. Could be called Aarhus' main club. Don't miss 'Kupe' next door for the pre-party.
  • Hos Anders. Frederiksgade 25.
  • Jacobs, Vestergade 3. Expensive, centrally located, pretty average.
  • Waxies, Frederiksgade 16.
  • Römer, Åboulevarden 50. Very good club with blasting tunes. Recommended!
  • Sherlock Holmes, Frederiksgade 76. Nice big pub with only-English speaking staff.
  • Den Sidste, Paradisgade 9. Literally "The last one" in Danish. Fills up when other clubs close up.
  • Thorups Kælder is the city’s oldest basement, reputedly built in the 13th century by Cistercian monks. Today you can enjoy a drink or two in this basement bar where you can almost hear the rustling sound of the monks’ habits sweeping across the floor.
  • G-bar. Aarhus' gay and lesbian club.
  • SLM. Gay leather and fetish bar.
  • ZenZa Cocktailbar (ZenZa Århus), Åboulevarden 30, +45 50 40 20 30. Th 21:00-05:00, Fr-Sa 23:00-05:00. Zenza Cocktailbar’s main focus is high quality and good service. Here they offer a wide variety of delicious cocktails, also shots, beer, and wine. ZenZa is more than ‘just’ a cocktail bar, and the party really gets started when the DJ starts playing music. 

Shopping in Aarhus, Denmark

  • There is a pedestrian shopping street (Strøget), highlighted by upscale Scandinavian clothing shops and Salling and Magasin department stores.
  • Bruun's Galleri. Located next to the railway station. The biggest city mall in Denmark with 95 shops and a cinema. (there are plans of expanding Bruun's Galleri over the train tracks running next to it).
  • Storcenter Nord. Located in the northern part of the central city. Another mall with around 55 shops.
  • City Vest. Located in the western part of the city. A mall with around 65 shops.
  • Bazar Vest. Located in the western part of the city. 10 minutes walk from City Vest. Mostly foreign nationalities have small shops where you can buy all kinds of exotic items and food. (closed on Mondays)
  • "The Latin Quarter" - so-called by the locals - is the shopping district north of Store Torv between Guldsmedgade and Mejlgade. Here you will find the small 'independent' shops and some of the city's oldest cafés. If you're in the city in the beginning of May, your trip may coincide with Mejlgade for Mangfoldighed, a 1-day street party in Mejlgade.

Safety in Aarhus, Denmark

Denmark is a safe country. Aarhus is also a pretty safe city. However, you should always use your common sense, watch your belonging, be polite, etc. like in any other city.
Emergency number: 112

Language spoken in Aarhus, Denmark

The Danes are reserved towards strangers, but friendly towards tourists, and will normally be happy to give you directions and advice in fluent English.


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