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Introduction

Århus

Århus

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Aarhus is the second largest city of Denmark with about 240,000 inhabitants (over 300,000 in the total urban area). It is located along the westcoast of Jutland and is the main port of the country. For more information, check the Aarhus Guide or Aarhus City Info websites.

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Neighbourhoods

Suburbs of Aarhus are: Beder, Brabrand, Egå, Frederiksbjerg, Gellerup, Harlev, Hasle, Hasselager, Holme, Hjortshøj, Højbjerg, Kolt, Lisbjerg, Lystrup, Malling, Mårslet, Risskov, Rosenhøj, Sabro, Slet, Skejby, Skæring, Skåde, Stavtrup, Solbjerg, Skødstrup, Studstrup, Tilst, Tranbjerg, Trige, Vejlby, Viby, Åbyhøj and Åby.

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Sights and Activities

  • Aarhus Domkirke, the tallest and longest cathedral in Denmark. Construction of the cathedral was begun around 1200 by Bishop Peter Vagnsen, but already 130 years later in 1330 a fire ravaged parts of the church. The cathedral is the largest church in length and height of 93 metres, there is room for about 1200 seated. An underground passageway runs under the cathedral. There is nothing mysterious about it. From 1998 to 99 underwent the cathedral interior restoration including All murals.
  • Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady) is a large church. The present brick church dates back to ca. 1250, where the choir and the sacristy were built. The ship was built around 1350 and hand the ship around. 100 years later. The tower, which incidentally is east-facing position, was built around 1500. Today appears the church as a result of the extensive restoration in the mid-1950s, moreover, the same restoration that resulted in the discovery of the crypt.
  • Aarhus Rådhus (City Hall) - Aarhus City Hall was designed by Arne Jacobsen and Erik Moller and built 1937-1941. The original town hall furniture designed by Hans Jorgen Wegner. City Hall, with its architecture, simple lines, materials and details of a major work in the Scandinavian modernism.
  • Den Gamle By (The Old Town) - To visit the Old Town is like stepping into a small Danish town in 16 -, 17 - and 1800's with houses, homes, shops and workshops. All brick, timber, tiles, furniture, rugs and plates are original and shifted from cities from all over Denmark.
  • The Botanical garden is one of Aarhus' largest parks. The garden contains a wealth of opportunities to experience - for all the senses, different interests and needs.
  • Tivoli Friheden is an amusement park. Tivoli freedom is a theme park in Aarhus. It is beautifully situated in the woods on the outskirts of the town centre. The park has about 400,000 visitors a year and that number is growing. The park has undergone a great change in recent years, so the park today is with nice coat and lots of flowers and fountains.
  • Aarhus Kunstmuseum - Denmark's new international art museum opened in 2004 in the heart of Aarhus and is with its 17,700 square metres spread over nine floors one of northern Europe's largest.
  • Marselisborg Slot (Marselisborg Palace) is the Danish royal couple's summer and Christmas residence. When the Queen and her family are staying at the castle during the summer, there is a change of guard in the royal bodyguard at 12:00pm. Castle Park with Queen's rose garden is open for visits, when the castle is not inhabited. There is no access to the castle itself.
  • Aarhus Teater (Aarhus Theatre) is the largest theatre in the city. At the theater's inaugural 15th september 1900, was there both praise and rice to the architecture and decoration. But the conclusion was shared by all critics: Aarhus has got a theater, in many ways richer, more entertaining and more modern than Copenhagen.
  • Kvindemuseet, the Women's Museum - The Women's Museum in Denmark is a nationally recognized, nationwide special museum, whose goal is to explore, build collections and knowledge of women's lives and work in the Danish cultural history.
  • Viking Museum - The exhibition in the Viking Museum has been renovated in 2008 and added the stories of some of the many discoveries that in recent years, excavations in Aarhus has brought to light. These findings have particular shown that Aarhus is one of Denmark's oldest cities, and that the city was one of the most important Viking trading contacts on both the north and east.

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

Like most of Denmark, Aarhus has a mild maritime climate. Summers last from June to August when it's mostly around 20 °C during the day and between 10 and 12 °C at night. Winters are relatively cold, but not like more northern places in Scandinavia. Temperatures between December and February are usually around zero with frost at night. Though days of around 10 °C are not uncommon.

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Getting There

By Plane

Aarhus Airport (AAR) has a few connections. Sun Air of Scandinavia has flights to/from Oslo, Gothenburg and Stockholm. Bulgarian Air Charter has summer flights between Aarhus and Varna and Burgas in Bulgaria.
Cimber Sterling flies to Copenhagen, Ryanair flies to Alicante, London and Girona and SAS to Copenhagen.

By Train

The Danish State Railways has services between Aarhus and most major Danish cities.

By Bus

Gullivers Reisen has buses between Berlin and Aarhus, stopping in Kolding and Vejle as well. Eurolines stops in Aarhus as well.

By Boat

Iceland

  • The Icelandic cargo ship Eimskip has two vessels, the Dettifoss and Goðafoss which travel the route Rotterdam-Hamburg-Göteborg-Aarhus-Fredrikstad-Tórshavn-Reykjavík. It takes 8 days in total and the return trip goes via eastern Iceland and Tórshavn only. The vessel can take a maximum of 3 passengers but only between mid-April and mid-October.

Lithuania

Domestic
Aarhus to Kalundborg with Mols Linien and Samso Linien.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
City Sleep-InHavnegade 20Hostel79

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Keep Connected

Internet

While Internet cafés are present in most larger cities, they are usually not geared for tourists and hence they can be a bit tricky to find. Hotels usually provide both wireless internet and computers with internet access, but whether this service is provided for free, varies greatly. Many cafés and bars also provide free wireless internet for paying customers, even when it is not signposted, so it is always a good idea to ask. A lot of the McDonalds restaurants in Denmark have a couple of internet terminals available for their customers. The easiest way to get online is often the public library, as there is one in almost every town. Public libraries are usually centrally located, well signposted (look for Bibliotek) and always free. There can be a bit of waiting time to get a free computer though, but there will normally also be some sort of reservation system in place.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112. Denmark's international phone country code is 45. The prefix for international dialing is "00" or '+' (on a mobile phone). Bring your own unlocked GSM phone to make calls. Prepaid SIM cards are available at most shops and international calling can be reasonably priced. Any prepaid credit is generally only valid for calls made in Denmark, but can be purchased in small amounts to avoid waste when you leave. International collect calls are not allowed from phone booths, which are all ran by the TDC company. You should be able to make international call with the prepaid SIM cards anyways.

Post

Post Danmark A/S is Denmark's national postal service, and has a good reputation regarding service, speed and reliability. Sending a standard letter or postcard (up to 50 grams) costs 5 DKK within Denmark, 8 DKK to other European countries and 9 DKK outside Europe. Parcels up to 1 kilogram start at 75 DKK within Denmark, but are mostly 200 DKK or more to all other countries. The website has details about more prices and also about the opening hours of post offices, which vary widely from region to region but are usually open from around 9:30am until 5:00pm, 5:30pm on Thursdays. Most are open on Saturdays until 1:00pm. Apart from the post offices, some kiosks and newsagents sell stamps as well, and you will find postcards in many places. National and overseas mail must be placed in the red letterboxes that you will find almost everywhere. Collection times are posted on the letterboxes. As an alternative for sending parcels internationally, you might consider companies like TNT, UPS, DHL or FedEx, as they are fast, reliable and competitively priced in general.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 56.1581354
  • Longitude: 10.2120017

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