The city’s amusement park Tivoli Friheden offers a range of fun and exciting attractions for all ages. Located outside the city centre, just a couple kilometres to its south, Tivoli Friheden enjoys a location amidst lush forest greenery. Please mind that opening hours may vary by week.
To travel back in time visit ‘Den Gamle By’ and experience first-hand what life was like in Denmark hundreds of years ago. The staff dressed in costumes can show you around this unique open-air museum of urban buildings collected and saved from demolition across the country.
Aarhus’ Museum of Modern Art has a notable collection of Danish art with a wide range of constantly updated international exhibitions. A five-metre-tall sculpture named "Boy" has quickly become the museum's landmark, and so has the recently inaugurated "Your Rainbow Panorama" walkway (50 meters above street level), offering breathtaking views over the city through multi-coloured glass.
Among many interesting objects and artefacts, this museum is also where the 2000-year-old Grauballe man (world's best-reserved bog body) is contained. He was found so well-kept that scientists even discovered that he had eaten porridge for breakfast on the day he was sacrificed.
This is one of Denmark’s most unique museums. The Women’s Museum hosts exhibitions on the aspects of the life of Danish women in the past and present. The museum's permanent display centres around the differences in life experience of boys and girls throughout the last 150 years .
The grounds of the Dutch royal family summer residence are open to visitors when the palace is unoccupied, and strolling through the adjacent park and English garden is free of charge. An arguably even more appealing attraction lies just south from here - a park populated by tame deer who eagerly accept treats from and interact with visitors.
Showcasing flora species from all across Denmark (and the world), the Aarhus Botanical Gardens are a great place to visit regardless of the weather - the green spaces are good for a picnic or a BBQ during the summertime, and the covered greenhouses provide a welcome respite from the elements throughout the rest of the year.
The Aarhus Street Food space is the brand-new and, arguably, hippest addition to the Aarhus dining scene. With a collection of dozens of cafes and restaurants serving all kinds of world cuisines imaginable under one roof, the now refurbished former garage is an excellent place to go if you don't quite know what you're in the mood for.
The appealing "all-inclusive" dining concept of Kähler Villa entails being served a menu consisting of appetiser, starter, and main, all paired with spirits or non-alcoholic drinks to match, and followed by dessert and coffee. Located several kilometres outside the city centre and easily accessible by public transport.
Cafe Gemmestedet is a really cosy cafe with a relaxed atmosphere and classic cafe dishes. There is a selection of board games so you can enjoy a game of chess or backgammon. In the evenings, the cafe takes on a new ambience of a casual bar, with special 2-for-1 offers available on cocktails of the day.
The popular Cafe Jorden ("Earth Cafe"), serves quality brunches until mid-afternoon. It is also a great place for a really good breakfast in quiet, stylish surroundings. The cafe's location in the downtown area, combined with its old-time ambience, make for a solid choice in Aarhus.
This cafe serves strong, fragrant coffee and is a real treat for connoisseurs. When it opened in 1996, it was one of the first coffee bars with their own coffee roaster and imported raw beans. It remains a frequented coffee shop today, with an extraordinary variety of bean origins.
Sherlock Holmes Pub is the quintessential English pub in Aarhus, complete with a solid selection of international beer and more than 40 different kinds of whisky. Live music plays 5 nights a week, live sporting events are broadcast, and there is an indoor smoking area available.
Located right on the riverbank, Herr Bartels is a lively cocktail bar with an extensive drink list, reasonable prices, and good music playing in the background. Herr Bartels tends to get quite busy, but doors close when the bar is full to capacity, which prevents overcrowding.
The bohemian "book and wine cafe" takes its literary ambition very seriously, and even goes as far as to host literature and poetry readings on occasion, interspersing those with live jazz shows. It opens in the morning and works until midnight on most days, making it a good round-the-clock location.
Just next to the main train station is Bruun’s Galleri, a new stylish shopping centre selling almost everything money can buy from sweets to art and from shoes to lamps. The on-site cinema plays movies in English, and the mall itself is directly connected to the central train station.
Along with Magasin, Salling’s is another department store, offering "all under one roof" shopping with ranges of articles for the entire family, such as fashionable clothing, shoes, perfumes and more. The store facade is beautifully lit up to resemble a wrapped Christmas gift come December.
"Fresh" is the buzzword at Ingerslevs Boulevard, the largest food and vegetable market in Denmark. A heaven for gourmet food lovers, this busy market offers a plethora of shopping opportunities, with locally-sourced fruit and vegetables, deli items, cheeses, and freshly-brewed coffee on offer.
The Strøget shopping street is where it all happens in Aarhus - it is a hot spot for not only some of the best and most varied shopping opportunities in town (the reputable Salling department store is also located in the street), but also an open-air venue for festivals and large-scale events.
The old part of Aarhus, Den Gamle By, is great for sauntering among the unique little streets and shops. Here you can find things you will not be able to find anywhere else. Shop at the very same locations where peasants once used to barter produce, and visit Schous Sæbehus, Denmark's largest chain store in the 1920s.
In the outskirts of Aarhus you can find Bazar Vest, a market for everyone. If you enjoy vibrant marketplaces with food, spices, vegetables, and even local souvenirs, this place is a must-go. The space is dominated by Middle Eastern influence in goods assortment and cuisines offered.
Aarhus Airport is located 45 kilometres north of Aarhus, and a regular bus service takes passengers from the airport to Aarhus bus station in approximately 50 minutes. The bus schedule is according to flight times and you can buy your ticket on the bus. Taxis can also be found outside the main entrance. Car rental companies are represented at the airport, but pre-booking is advisable.
Aarhus city centre is compact and easy to cover by foot. For longer trips, the city’s bus network is extensive. Tickets can be purchased at the machine in the rear of the bus and last for two hours. An Aarhus Pass is well worth it if you are planning to do a lot of sightseeing in town and you can choose between 24 and 48 hours. You can buy all your tickets at the Aarhus Bus Station. A Dutch top-up transportation card ("rejsekort") works all across Denmark and is the most convenient option for longer stays. Cycling is a great way to get around Aarhus. More than 250 bikes are distributed around the city (April 1 - Oct 30) free of charge. For longer bike rides, you can rent bicycles from several providers in town.