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Aarhus, Denmark

Århus, (pronounced: Oar-Hoos, previously Aarhus) is the main city on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. With a population of just over 300,000 people (1,200,000 East Jutland metropolitan area) 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... Read more

Aarhus, Denmark

Århus, (pronounced: Oar-Hoos, previously Aarhus) is the main city on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. With a population of just over 300,000 people (1,200,000 East Jutland metropolitan area) 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 main stream 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

Aarhus has a cruise ships dock. Town center is within 10-minutes walk.
Taxis, public transportation, and tour buses are commonly near the security gates.
Here is the link to the list and cruise schedule for Aarhus port.

Get around Aarhus, Denmark

Get around

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. You need to insert a DKK 20 coin, which you get back when leaving the bike in another "bike station" (not available during winter months).
Bus tickets for travel within the city limits (Aarhus Kommune limits) are 20 DKK, 10 DKK if you are under 16 years of age. Tickets are also available in 10-trip tickets, that vary in price depending on how far you want to go (120 DKK - 220 DKK), 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.

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. 110 DKK, under 18's free.  
  • 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. 40 DKK.   
  • 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 bulding itself, as well as the surrounding park, forrest and beach landscape makes for a nice daytrip in themselves, but it is the experience-oriented exhibitions that make this ethographic 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. 110 DKK, under 18's free.   
  • 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. 45 DKK.   
  • 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 europes 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). The Brabrand Lake is ideal for biking and rollerskating, as there are 10 km of flat paths without any car traffic.

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 home made burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups and snacks at reasonable prices.
  • Casa Mia, Tordenskjoldsgade 12. Nice and cosy italian restaurant serving simple and tasty pizzas and pasta dishes. Enjoy the food at the restaurant, or have it as take away. Pizza about 60 DKK.   
  • Havnens Perle, Sverigesgade 1A, +45 86 13 22 56. Located at the harbour. 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. A main meal is around 68 DKK and they serve more roadhouse-style food than restaurant - ensure you check out the website before making the trip out there.  
  • Restaurant Koch, Pakkerivej 2, +45 86 18 64 00. in the harbour has only one menu at DKK 1000. 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 handcut 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 besides the old rails. Breakfast buffet: 45 DKK, Brunch/lunch buffet: 100 - 125 DKK, Dinner: 100 - 350 DKK.   
  • 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. Mains from DKK 170.   
  • 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. 40 DKK.   
  • 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 til 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. Beer 10kr.   
  • 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. Beer 20kr (More on Saturdays)..   
  • 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! Beer 35kr.   
  • 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. Longest bar in town, serving the best drinks in town. Nice atmosphere, nice crowd and drinks for 50kr a piece is considered cheap. 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. Th-Sa 23-??. 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, but you can get it for a 50 DKK fee. 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. Beer 40kr (After happy hour), Drinks 45kr for a double.
  • Sams Bar, Klostergade 28., +45 86 13 21 31. Th 21-03,F-Sa 21-05. If you don’t get in to Social Club, go to this neighboring club. Beer 40kr   
  • Train, Toldbodgade 6, +45 86 13 87 22. Could be called Aarhus' main club. Don't miss 'Kupe' next door for the pre-party. Beer 45kr.  
  • Hos Anders. Frederiksgade 25. Beer 20kr.
  • Jacobs, Vestergade 3. Expensive, centrally located, pretty average.
  • Waxies, Frederiksgade 16.
  • Römer, Åboulevarden 50. Very good club with blasting tunes. Recommended! Beer 40kr. Drinks 45kr
  • 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. Beer 20kr.
  • 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.a
  • 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 cocktailbar, and the party really gets started when the DJ starts play 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 traintracks running next to it).
  • Storcenter Nord. Located in the nothern part of the central city. Another mall with around 55 shops.
  • City Vest. Located in the western part of the city. A mall with arround 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 follow basic safety tips and keep your belongings with you when you are in crowded places. 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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