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Top things to do in Aarhus
Top things to do in Aarhus
Top things to do in Aarhus
Renowned as the European Capital of Culture, Arhus, the second largest city in Denmark, has something to offer to all types of visitors. A historic city, you are surely going to find yourself engrossed in visiting historic edifices, most notably its churches. The city is known to be one of the leading development centers for information technology, media, life sciences, architecture etc. with its port being the largest industrial port in Northern Europe. Fans of nature aren't disappointed with the amount of natural beauty that the city has to offer including the forests at Riis Skov and Marselisborg. The city also has a large deer park where you can observe those beautiful creatures in their natural setting. All in all, Aarhus is a beautiful city with several historic monuments and natural beauty to absorb!
One of the largest museums in Europe, the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum is housed inside a spectacular 10-storey building and derives its name from Aros, which is the old Latin name for the city and the capitalized letters spell 'ars' which mean 'art' in Latin. The museum is famous for its displays of art from the Danish Golden Age (1700 - 1900), Danish Modernism (1900 - 1960) and contemporary art and stands as one of the oldest museums in the country.
Known as the summer residence of the Danish Royalty since 1902, Marselisborg Palace was built as a gift from the Danish people. One of the main attractions of the palace is the ceremony that takes place for the change of guards every day at noon. Do not miss out on the Memorial Park near the Palace which is dedicated to the Danes who lost their lives in World War I. While the palace in itself is not open to the public, its flower gardens and 32-acre wide parks are. With large lawns, sculptures and ponds, this is a great destination to visit.
Located right in the heart of the city in the Great Market (Store Torv), Aarhus Cathedral is a highly frequented attraction in the city. Most of the church dates back to the early 1500s but certain Romanesque elements from the original 12th-century structure can still be found. The highlights of the cathedral are its winged altar dating back to 1497 with an aesthetically carved pulpit from the 16th century and the vault paintings from the 15th century portray St. Clement as the patron saint of the church.
With umpteen intimate and magnificent areas left unexplored, Mindeparken is a destination worth visiting while in Aarhus, for it has the best plants as well as cultural and historical elements. Stroll around or choose to get a peaceful stay in one of the garden rooms and experience the blooming enthusiasm, exercise, sunbathe and explore. Do not miss out on the majestically flowering cherry trees in the park's cherry grove if you happen to visit around May and June.
Aarhus Botanical Gardens:
Founded in 1875, the Botanical Gardens cover an area of 53 acres and among its highlights are several subtropical plants from all over the world, with a special area dedicated to Danish trees and plants. With its relaxed atmosphere, the gardens are a great place for picnics and leisurely strolls and also contain an open-air amphitheater, which hosts several events throughout the year. There are also a variety of summer programs for children.
Located 10 kilometers south of the city, this museum has exceptional exhibits from the prehistoric period to the Viking Ages. The highlight of the museum is the 2,000-year-old 'Grauballe Man', which is the well-preserved remains of a human being that were found in 1952. Additionally, there are several archaeological and ethnographic displays that trace the history of man.
Den Gamle By:
Head to this quirky museum which is a miniature town consisting of 75 buildings, reconstructed from buildings in several areas of Denmark that symbolize different points in history. You can take a horse-drawn wagon ride to visit each building and explore stores and workshops. Smaller museums like the Danish Poster Museum, The Toy Museum or the Gallery of Decorative Arts might also pique your interest.
Head to Denmark’s oldest amusement parks famous for the haunted house that will give you the jitters, an illusion factory, 5-D cinema and 40 other attractions to choose from that vary in intensity. At Tivoli Friheden, do not miss out on the swings that give a heart-thumping elevated view of the surrounding park. The other points of interest include the mini golf course and imitation pirate ship. The park is dotted with live performances like Pjerrot - The Magician, the park's mascots, Mrs. Frog and Mr. Rabbit., making sure you never run out of entertainment.
Kvindemuseet or the Women's Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum that focuses on the lives of Danish women and their impact on society and culture. This museum serves as a research tool highlighting the roles of women in workplaces and homes as well as their contributions to art. Explore the changing attitudes of society through the centuries while paying a visit to this museum.
Djurs Sommerland is categorized into 8 themed areas - Pirateland, Lilliputland, Africaland, Mexicoland, Sommerland, Vikingeland, Cowboy and Indian Land, and the waterpark Vandland, showcasing 60 exciting rides. Some of the adrenaline-fuelled rides are at Pirateland: Piraten, Skattøen and the Piranha for the brave-hearted. With a range of amusements from the replica of an old Texas Wild West street to a miniature golf course in old Mexico, a bagful of fun awaits.