Aarhus: 10 causes to go to Denmark’s ‘Capital of Cool’

In 2017, Denmark’s second metropolis, grabbed our consideration as a European Capital of Tradition. Compact with a inhabitants of simply 300,000, cultured and quirky Aarhus continues to drag in guests.

Aarhus is Denmark’s Oxford with college students comprising 20% of the inhabitants, that provides the place a Bohemian twist however nonetheless structured with Scandinavian effectivity. Many artistic college students stay-on giving Denmark’s Capital of Cool a youthful vibe.

DOKK1, an enormous new library on the waterfront, epitomises Aarhus’ younger spirit with a buggy park and playground. When a child is born in Aarhus the library rings a bell to have fun.

Completely satisfied individuals

Denmark’s inhabitants is continuously rated amongst the happiest on the earth. Aarhus is called “The Metropolis of Smiles” making the individuals among the happiest in Denmark.

After success as a European Capital of Tradition, 13,000 volunteers wished to hold on internet hosting the occasion, performing as guides on days when cruise ships dock. With their immaculate English and apparent pleasure of their metropolis, Aarhus’s individuals give guests a heat welcome.

Individuals flock in for the Jazz Pageant in late July, it has simply celebrated its 30th Birthday after which the cultural fest that’s the Aarhus Pageant in August.

Skyline views

The Aarhus Card, which you should purchase on-line of on the airport, provides you entry to ARoS, the town’s modern artwork gallery. Take the elevate to the highest to orientate your self to Aarhus’s geography with a stroll across the 360 diploma gallery. The glass follows the colors of the rainbow.

Alternatively, ascend to the highest degree of the division retailer Salling the place there’s a cafe and bar. Cocktails at sundown – overlooking Aarhus’s metropolis centre, redeveloped waterfront and shoreline – is a neighborhood favorite.

Bike city

Aarhus has sturdy inexperienced ideas. Surrounding forests are invited into the town with leafy parks and a willpower to protect Aarhus’s pure heritage. With a 20 Kroner coin as a deposit, guests can launch bikes from their holders to cycle round Aarhus.

Buses are plentiful too, with all journeys coated by an Aarhus card. So, this forward-thinking transport coverage implies that visitors congestion is uncommon in Aarhus.

New Nordic delicacies

Aarhus’s artistic cooks are steadily rising the variety of Michelin stars held by the town’s eating places however the meals markets supply cheaper alternate options.

Aarhus Central Meals Market is the extra upmarket of the 2 choices: the one searching for a sense of “hygge”, heat cosiness. Primarily based in a former theatre its spotlights and darkish areas recall its former glory. Alongside Danish favourites reminiscent of smorrebrod and fish n’ chips different stalls push culinary boundaries with progressive Israeli Tapas and Tunisian salad.

Primarily based within the previous bus station, extra city uncooked, Aarhus Road Meals Market has 30 stalls providing meals and drinks from all through the world. With most stalls providing at the least one dish for 50 Danish Kroner it’s a vastly well-liked venue with locals.

A design resort

Love of artistic design is within the Danish DNA. Staying on the 65 room Oasia Resort provides you the prospect to stay the trendy Danish Designer life.

Set in a quiet residential space however lower than three minutes stroll from the rail station, Oasia, with its snow-white partitions and black leather-based chairs, is designer heaven.

Company can improve to one of many 5 Design rooms. In addition to the usual Bang Olufsen telephones and televisions these fastidiously curated rooms characteristic designer chairs with the atmosphere of a Bauhaus design exhibition.

Den Gamely By

It is a historic venue that’s quickly rising. There’s a village from 1864 exhibiting a lifetime of cobbles, horse-drawn carriages, carpenters planing their wooden and painters having to make their very own paint. Buildings from throughout Denmark have been transported and rebuilt to recreate historical past together with a surviving toll home that after stood on stilts within the harbour to gather taxes from transport.

Once more included within the Aarhus card the village additionally recreates scenes from 1927 and 1974. The subsequent undertaking on the growth agenda is a 1974 dockyard.


With quite a few seashores inside biking distance of the town centre Aarhus individuals wish to loosen up on the Jutland Coast.

One current innovation, in line with Aarhus’ inexperienced ambitions, is the Seaside Chef. On summer season weekday afternoons you may be a part of a Seaside Chef without cost. She or he will present you how you can forage for shellfish and edible seaweed on Aarhus’ seashores, cooking up a meal from the maritime produce.

The Infinity Bridge

Aarhus’ Infinity Bridge is the final word stroll for attaining your every day 10,000 steps. The round formed picket building was initially destined for only one summer season, again in 2015, as a part of The Sculpture by the Sea occasion.

After a deluge of requests the Municipality of Aarhus agreed to reconstructing the panoramic bridge, as a bit of artwork, set-up yearly between Could and October.

Moesgaard Museum

It’s price taking the bus out of city, by the forests,  to Moesgaard Museum for the structure alone. This museum of archaeology and ethnography is an enormous futuristic wedge constructed into the hills, giving views down in direction of the coast.

Mooesgaard’s foremost declare to fame is Grauballe Man, most likely a sacrificial sufferer from three centuries earlier than Christ. One other everlasting exhibition, utilizing state-of-the-art expertise, recreates the drama of the Viking age.

The Latin Quarter

Cooled streets and half-timbered medieval homes mark out Aarhus’s Latin Quarter. It’s a spot the place individuals loosen up, contributing to the Happiness quotient with a smart work-life steadiness. Danes like to linger over a espresso and cafe society or eat in one of many cosy eating places. Saunter previous classic garments retailers, artists galleries and but extra design retailers.