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AarhusDenmark

Founded by Vikings and fueled by creativity of its young population, Denmark’s second largest city is perfect for experiencing Jutland’s rich history and culture.

Denmark’s second largest city is a cosmopolitan blend of culture, creativity and small-town community spirit. Locals affectionately call it, “the world’s smallest big city.” It was founded by Vikings in the 10th century on the eastern coast of the Jutland Peninsula, the Danish and German land that juts north from mainland Europe into the North and Baltic seas.

Aarhus is a short bike ride from both sea and forest. This progressive city is a leader in renewable energy and efficiency, and is home to one of the best universities in Scandinavia. The high number of university students means Aarhus has the youngest population in Denmark, ensuring the city of just 300,000 stays young at heart and big on new ideas.

Culturally, the city is thriving, with a number of world-class galleries and museums located within its boundaries. Visit ARoS, a ten-story art museum featuring a vast permanent collection. See Danish art spanning more than four centuries and influential contemporary art from around the world. Many of Denmark’s best-known bands and musicians call the city home. On weekends Aarhus is a great place to catch a live show.

While the population may be young, the city itself has roots dating back more than a thousand years to the Viking Age. Discover the history of the city and the Jutland region at one of Aarhus’ many museums. Aarhus City Hall offers guided tours and is renowned for its daring architecture. Step back in time at Den Gamle By, the world’s first open-air museum of urban history and culture, or visit the Aarhus Cathedral to see a great example of 12th-century architecture.

Aarhus is served by an international airport but can also be reached on high-speed train and bus from many northern European cities. Once in town the city is easy to navigate. Rent a bike or use one of the free community bikes that are dispersed throughout the city. Cycling is the best way to get around any Danish city, since the infrastructure offers a safe and efficient journey. A metro and bus system also runs throughout Aarhus.

Where to stay in Aarhus

Aarhus City Hall which includes an administrative buidling as well as a small group of people

Midtbyen

4.5/5Wonderful!(44 area reviews)

Midtbyen is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Aarhus City Hall and Viking Museum while you're in town.

Midtbyen
Aarhus which includes heritage elements and a hotel

Aarhus C

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Aarhus C, Aarhus Theater and Viking Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Aarhus C
Aarhus which includes heritage elements and a hotel

Indre by

If you're spending some time in Indre by, Aarhus City Hall and Viking Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Indre by
Homemade Lebanese food inspired by a trip to Beirut in 2012
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Aarhus South

Restaurants and shopping are just a few things travelers like about Aarhus South. A stop by Brabrand Lake is also recommended if you've got time to explore the area.

Aarhus South
Aarhus which includes heritage elements and a hotel

Vesterbro

If you're spending some time in Vesterbro, Den Gamle By and ARoS are top sights worth seeing.

Vesterbro
Aarhus featuring a city, modern architecture and outdoor art

Aarhus North

While Aarhus North might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Den Gamle By and Port of Aarhus.

Aarhus North

Top Hotels in Aarhus

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
CABINN Aarhus Hotel
CABINN Aarhus Hotel
2 out of 5
Kannikegade 14, Aarhus
¥7,919
per night
Apr 10 - Apr 11

Located in Aarhus C, this hotel is steps from Aarhus Theater, Viking Museum, and Aarhus Cathedral. Store Torv and Women's Museum in Denmark are also within 5 ...

3.7/5Good! (3,898 reviews)
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"They could not find my booking, even though I could show them a booking confirmation."…"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2020

CABINN Aarhus Hotel
Wakeup Aarhus
Wakeup Aarhus
2 out of 5
M.P. Bruuns Gade 27, Aarhus
¥7,736
per night
Apr 10 - Apr 11

Located in Aarhus C, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bruun's Galleri, Musikhuset Aarhus, and Aarhus City Hall. ARoS and Tivoli Friheden ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,090 reviews)
Great value

"Lovely stay in Aarhus. Close to everything and very helpful staff. Great value for money! Only parking was expensive."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2019

Wakeup Aarhus
Comwell Aarhus Dolce by Wyndham
Comwell Aarhus Dolce by Wyndham
4 out of 5
Værkmestergade 2, Aarhus
¥10,476
per night
May 9 - May 10

Located in Aarhus C, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bruun's Galleri and Dokk1. Aarhus City Hall and Aarhus Theater are also within 15 minutes. Aarhus ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,055 reviews)
Service counts!

"Lea at reception made our stay perfect! She went above and beyond what was expected for "good" customer service! I can't wait to return and visit her again!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Comwell Aarhus Dolce by Wyndham

Popular things to do in Aarhus

Port of Aarhus
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Port of Aarhus

4/5(6 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Aarhus with a trip to Port of Aarhus. Discover the area's museums and cathedral.

Den Gamle By
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Den Gamle By

5/5(10 reviews)

From an 18th-century almshouse to a 20th-century student commune, this living, outdoor museum spans two hundred years of Denmark’s urban history.

ARoS
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ARoS

4.5/5(15 reviews)

A giant colored walkway sits on the roof of this important Danish art museum, providing visitors with a truly alternative view of the city.

Aarhus City Hall
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Aarhus City Hall

4/5(18 reviews)

Climb the clock tower that the city had to fight for at Aarhus’ fascinating city hall.

Aarhus Cathedral
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Aarhus Cathedral

4.5/5(7 reviews)

While visiting the tallest church in Denmark, pay homage to the intrepid Danish sailors who lost their lives at sea.

Marselisborg Palace
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Marselisborg Palace

Learn about the local history of Mindeparken with a stop at Marselisborg Palace. Discover the area's museums and cathedral.

Top activities in Aarhus

AarhusCARD
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AarhusCARD

¥5,219
Per adult
Bridge to Malmø and Lund - In Sweden
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Bridge to Malmø and Lund - In Sweden

¥11,357
Per adult

Reviews of Aarhus

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

College town with vibrant population

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 20, 2019

Super cute town! Would go back. I wish we had more time to explore the city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 15, 2019

Historic,cute, friendly, good food

4/5 - Good

Syzl

Aug 26, 2019

Unfortunately, it poured the entire time we were there...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 5, 2019

Nice place to visit. Friendly people 

5/5 - Excellent

Kate

Jul 31, 2019

My favorite city and very walkable. We used the Aarhus card because the attractions are a bit more pricey than in Copenhagen.

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