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Aarhus, (pronounced: Oar-Hoos, also Århus) is the main city on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. With a population of just over 300,000 people (1,200,000 East Jutland metropolitan area) it also holds the title of Denmark's second largest city.

City Hall


Aarhus offers an elegant mix of cosmopolitan city and quaint small town charm, with wonderful pubs, restaurants and romantic places. The average age of its inhabitants is among the lowest in Europe. This is mainly because of the large student population.

Some interesting facts:

  • There are many plans of highrises in Aarhus, including the future tallest building in Denmark (Lighthouse -142 meters).
  • Aarhus is part of the East Jutland Metropolitan area, which has the by far fastest growing population in Denmark.
  • Aarhus has a big, well known cultural festival week, called "Aarhus Festuge" (Aarhus Festival) [1].
  • Aarhus has for many years been known as a nesting box for Danish musicians and bands, primarily in main stream pop and rock music.
  • Aarhus is known as The City of Smiles (da. Smilets By). It probably just started as a slogan to improve the city's image, but it has nevertheless caught on, and has for many years been a common nickname for the city.
  • Aarhus is also known as The City of Cafés - visit the city and you will soon know why.
  • The Tourist Information Office has been closed and replaced with a few information screens across the city.


The Danes are reserved towards strangers, but friendly towards tourists, and will normally be happy to give you directions and advice in fluent English.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Trains run 1-2 times an hour from Copenhagen (København) to Aarhus and takes about three hours. As of July 2015, adult fare is DKK 382, with an additional DKK 30 to reserve a seat. Discounts are available for persons 25 years old or younger (if buying a WildCard), or older than 65 years—both concessions cost DKK 191 (half price). Discounts can also be obtained by buying Orange Tickets some weeks in advance. Details on DSB's homepage [2].

It is also possible to catch a train to any other part of the Jutland peninsula, though connections are usually bad. Trains from Hamburg arrive several times a day, but they are expensive (around 50 € one way). Nevertheless, if you book about two months before travelling, you can buy one of the few tickets for €29/€39 (called "Europa-Sparpreis"). For more information check out the website of the German national railway company DB: [3]

Tickets used in trains are also usable in buses, and if you are travelling from Copenhagen, you can use your ticket for the rest of the day to get around Aarhus at no extra expense.

By bus[edit]

Buses have become an increasingly attractive way of travelling between Aarhus and Copenhagen due to their significantly lower prices. An inter-city bus takes roughly an hour longer than an equivalent express train, but the fares are typically between 40% (standard tickets) and 90% (the cheapest Saver tickets) lower.

Abildskou operates buses from Copenhagen (Valby Station), Copenhagen Airport, Hamburg Airport and Berlin.

Rødbillet operates buses to and from Copenhagen (next to the Central Station) as well as several other Danish cities.

Eurolines operates buses to Hamburg, from where you can continue to any other European city.

By boat[edit]

Mols Linien operates ferries to Odden and Kalundborg on the north-west coast of Zealand.

By plane[edit]

Aarhus Airport, Tirstrup is approximatel 45 minutes bus-ride away. X925 Airport buses [4] arrive and depart from Banegårdspladsen immediately in front of the main railway station: a one-way ticket costs 100 DKK. Tickets are sold on the bus. Accepted currencies are Danish Crowns, US Dollars, Pounds and Euro. Major credit cards are also accepted.

Aarhus airport is serviced by a number of major European airlines. Flights from London Stansted Aiport are serviced also by the low-cost flight provider Ryanair.

Billund Airport, with many flight connections, is approx. 90 minutes bus-ride away. Airport buses arrive and leave from Radisson SAS Hotel, a one-way ticket costs 180 DKK. Tickets are sold on the bus. Accepted currencies are Danish Crowns and Euro. Credit cards are accepted.

Get around[edit]

The entire city is clean and well organized, making walking an excellent and enjoyable way to get around. You can pick up a leaflet called "Aarhus - five historical walks". The walks are all really short and you could do them all easily in a day as they are all in the city centre.

Rent a bike in Bikes4Rent [5] or better yet, borrow a free City Bike, available around in the city. You need to insert a DKK 20 coin, which you get back when leaving the bike in another "bike station" (not available during winter months).

Bus tickets for travel within the city limits (Aarhus Kommune limits) are 20 DKK, 10 DKK if you are under 16 years of age [6]. Tickets are also available in 10-trip tickets, that vary in price depending on how far you want to go (120 DKK - 220 DKK), cheaper cards are also available for under 16 year olds). Finally there are tickets that allow you to ride all you want for 30 days, again prices vary depending on how far you want to go. For planning bus trips, it is recommended to use the official travelplanner website for all Danish public transportation: Rejseplanen.

You can also buy a cheap Aarhus Pass which covers all bus transport and all the museums.


  • - Book and pay for your taxi online. 10% savings [7].
  • Aarhus Taxa - 89 48 48 48 [8].
  • Taxamotor Aarhus - 70 33 83 38 [9].
  • JetCab (Bike Taxi)- No phone No. [10].


Anyone who appreciates seeing European architecture will find many points of interest in the city, not least the Concert Hall ("Musikhuset" from 1982 by Johan Richter), which is located next door to the new art museum ARoS.

Store Torv
  • ARoS (Aarhus Art Museum), Aros Allé 2 +45 8 730 66 00. Tu-Su 10-17, except W 10-22. One of Denmark’s largest museums, be sure to check out the '9 Spaces', a maze of black-walled galleries. A recent addition by Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, "Your Rainbow Panorama", offers a splendid roof-top view of the city inside a circular walkway with rainbow-coloured windows. 90 DKK, under 18's free.
  • Den Gamle By (The Old Town), Viborgvej 2 +45 86 12 31 88. Collection of 75 original Danish buildings dating from 1597 to 1909 moved to create an open-air museum village; there are shops and restaurants, some true to the period.
  •   Moesgaard MuseumMoesgård Allé 20 (Bus 18 from central Aarhus starts and terminates outside the museum. DKK 20.),  +45 8739 4000, e-mail: . 10 am - 5 pm, except Wednesday 10 am - 9 pm. Closed most Mondays - see website for exceptions.. Stupendous architecture: a vast prism of a building that stretches down its grassy hill. The central staircase provides an innovative route into human evolution and prehistory. A fantastic place to study Danish prehistory in particular—the main attractions are two finds from the Iron Age: Grauballe Man, the only completely preserved bog body, and the impressive sacrifice of weapons from Illerup Ådal. Extensively rebuilt in recent years, the museum re-opened in October 2014. Excellent museum restaurant and café. DKK 130 (adults), DKK 110 (students and over-65), free for children 17 and under..
  • Rådhuset (The Town Hall), Rådhuspladsen 2 +45 89 40 20 00. by the famous architect Arne Jacobsen is one of the highlights of Danish architecture. Don't miss the Grisebrønden statue (the well of the pigs) with the drooling and peeing pigs, located in the Town Hall Square.
  • The University Park by C.F.Møller, Kaj Fisker (buildings) and C. Th. Sørensen (landscape) is another noteworthy piece of architecture. Here you find the State Library, a Natural History Museum and the Steno Museum with collections on science and medicine.
  • Vor Frue KirkeVestergade 21 +45 86 12 12 43. Church with an interesting crypt church in the basement, built about 1060. It is one of the oldest still existing stone churches in Scandinavia, maybe the oldest.
  • Aarhus Domkirke (Aarhus Cathedral), Domkirkepladsen 2 +45 86 20 54 00. May-Sep 9.30-16,Oct-Apr 10-15. The beautiful cathedral is over 800 years old, and the longest in Denmark. Next to it, Aarhus Cathedral School is situated, also over 800 years old.
  • Aarhus Viking MuseumSkt. Clemens Torv 6 +45 89 42 11 00. M-F 10-16, except Th 10-17.30. Small Viking museum located in the basement of the Nordea Bank next to the cathedral. Free.
  • Bymuseet is closed down, and will later be incorporated in "Den Gamle By"


For concerts, try The Concert Hall [11], Train [12], Voxhall [13], Gyngen [14], Fatter Eskil [15], Musikcafeen [16] or Studenterhus Aarhus [17].

Enjoy one of the many nature offerings, all of which can be reached by foot from the city: Botanisk Have (The Botanical Garden), Universitetsparken (The University Park), Vennelystparken, Riis Skov (Riis Forest), Havreballe Skov (Havreballe Forest), and Marselisborg Park adjacent to Marselisborg castle, the Queen's summer residence (the castle's private garden and park are open to the public when the Queen is not in residence). The beautiful 8 km. stretch of forest south of the city is equally suited for a hike, especially the old forest around the Moesgård Museum and Skovmøllen (Forest Mill). The Brabrand Lake trail is ideal for biking and rollerskating, as there are 10 km of flat paths without any car traffic.

Theatre & Cinema[edit]

For independent and European cinema, visit Øst for Paradis [18]. For mainstream movies, visit Cinemaxx [19] in Bruuns Galleri, Biocity [20] opposite from the train station or Metropol [21] in Trøjborg.

  • Slagtehal 3Mejlgade 50. is your choice, if you're into horror movies, movies every Thursday 50 DKK.
  • Aarhus TheaterTeatergaden +45 89 33 23 00. The city's main theater
  • SvalegangenRosenkrantzgade 21, 8000 Aarhus C. The second-largest theatre in Aarhus, conveniently located in Rosenkrantzgade just off the major pedestrian street Ryesgade.

Other listings[edit]

  • Tivoli FrihedenSkovbrynet 5 +45 86 14 73 00. 11-23 (varies greatly). Amusement park is located south of the center. Check opening days on the webpage. Also featuring concerts. 65 DKK / All-ride ticket 130 DKK.
  • RaceHallHasselager Centervej 30 +45 86 28 01 70. Go for a gokart race in what they claim is the largest indoor Race track in Europe 310-580 DKK.
  • Aarhus SkøjtehalGøteborg Alle 9 +45 86 10 42 19. Ice skating is possible during the winter in Aarhus Skøjtehal, or outside the Concert Hall. 37 DKK.
  • Huset (The House), Vestrbros Torv 1-3 +45 86 76 20 00. M-Th 9-21,F 9-16. You can make your own artworks in the free ateliers in this activity center
  • VoxHallVester Alle 15 +45 87 30 97 97. Basically a concert hall, with a good, tightly planned concert schedule. Tickets are usually bought at the door, but if you're going to a major concert, buy before-hand!


  • There are many colleges and schools of higher education in the city, the biggest of which is Aarhus University (Da. Aarhus Universitet), with around 35.000 students, also including the Aarhus School of Business. This means that the city is crowded with students.
  • Learn Danish in the Universitys Danish Courses [22] or in the LærDansk [23].


  • There is a pedestrian shopping street (Strøget), highlighted by upscale Scandinavian clothing shops and Salling and Magasin department stores.
  • Bruun's Galleri. Located next to the railway station. You can enter the mall by going through the railway station. The biggest city mall in Denmark with 95 shops and a cinema. (there are plans of expanding Bruun's Galleri over the train tracks running next to it).
  • Storcenter Nord. Located in the northern part of the central city. Another mall with around 50 shops.
  • City Vest. Located in the western part of the city. A mall with around 30 shops.
  • Bazar Vest. Located in the western part of the city. 10 minutes walk from City Vest. Mostly foreign nationalities have small shops where you can buy all kinds of exotic items and food. (closed on Mondays)
  • "The Latin Quarter" - so called by the locals - is the shopping district north of Store Torv between Guldsmedgade and Mejlgade. Here you will find the small 'independent' shops and some of the city's oldest cafés. If you're in the city in mid-September, your trip may coincide with Mejlgade for Mangfoldighed, a 1-day street party in Mejlgade.


There are hundreds of restaurants in Aarhus, reaching from cheap kebab joints, to high-class dining. Aarhus is generally known as one of the best places to eat in Denmark, probably due to the strong competition. However, the best places are not necessarily located on the most prominent addresses, so a bit of browsing is recommended. You could also try Åen - walk down "the river" in the city center, there are lots of restaurants and cafes with high standard.

The locals regularly frequent the many cafés when going out for a meal. Besides being the best option for breakfast, brunch and lunch, most cafés serve excellent home made burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups and snacks at reasonable prices (80-150 DDK for a meal).


  • Havnens PerleSverigesgade 1A +45 86 13 22 56. Located at the harbour. This place has been awarded the best Danish barbecue restaurant in Aarhus. Enjoy a fresh made burger, hotdogs or a traditional Danish meal with pork, potatoes and loads of cream sauce. A main meal is around 68 DKK and they serve more roadhouse-style food than restaurant - ensure you check out the website before making the trip out there.
  • Casa MiaTordenskjoldsgade 12. Nice and cosy Italian restaurant serving simple and tasty pizzas and pasta dishes. Enjoy the food at the restaurant, or have it as take away. Pizza about 60 DKK.
  • Schweizer BagerietM.P. Bruuns Gade 56. Located up the hill south of the railway station. A tasty bakery full of Danish delights - perfect for breakfast, although you'll have to find your coffee elsewhere.


  • Latin Brasserie and CreperieKlostergade 2 +45 86 13 78 12. located on a corner in the Latin Quarter. They serve good mussels with handcut chips.
  • Mackies's Cantina (Mackie's Pizza), Sct. Clemens Torv 9 +45 86 12 36 61. nice restaurant and café, known for introducing pizza eating without knife and fork, into Aarhus. Pretty cheap prices.
  • MefistoVolden 28 +45 86 13 18 13. A simple cafe with great food. The menu includes seafood, tapas, meat. Mains from DKK 170.
  • Nordens FolkekøkkenJægergårdsgade 6 +45 53 53 82 50. An excellent mid-range restaurant offering a Nordic-inspired menu at very reasonable prices. 3 courses for 349 DKK; add 225 DKK for wine menu. 429 DKK for three courses including wine if you show up (and leave) early..
  • SkovmøllenSkovmøllevej 51 +45 86 27 12 14. Eat your lunch in an old watermill in the forest, then stroll along the stream, running through a beech forest down to the beach.
  • ValhallaÅboulevarden 35 +45 86 13 27 47. located under the bridge beneath the main pedestrian street Strøget. You can enjoy a 1 hour all you can eat buffet feast which includes food, drinks (including pulling your own beers), and dessert for around DKK 150.
  • Bülows kaffebarJægergårdsgade 80 (A short south on M. P. Bruuns Gade from the train station and to the right on Jægergårdsgade),  +45 86 21 55 50. Tuesday through Friday 10.00 to 17.30, Saturday 10.00 til 16.00. A very cozy, eclectically decorated cafe. It is elevated such that your head is at the ground level of the street outside. Friendly barista.


  • MASHBanegårdspladsen 12 +45 33 13 93 00. Aarhus branch of the lauded Danish steak house, boasting some of the city's best steaks as well as a very impressive wine menu.
  • Restaurant SeafoodMarselisborg Havnevej 44 +45 86 18 56 55. Located at the marina they serve, as the name suggests, seafood. The food is photo-worthy when served and tastes equally as good.


Aarhus river

Aarhus's large student population fuels a lively nightlife. There is a robust nightlife for those who are looking for a night on the town. Aarhus can deliver everything from big mainstream clubs to small alternative hangouts playing niche music.

Prices for food and drink are higher than in other parts of Europe, especially near the river (Å in Danish). The favorite local beers are Tuborg, Carlsberg and Ceres (which is no longer brewed locally).

  • Bodega Kurts MorFredens Torv 7. Beer 10kr.
  • CastenskioldÅboulevarden 32 +45 86 55 22 23. M-Th 10-midnight,F-Sa 10-02,Su 10-17. Sunny cafe during the day and sizzling bar at night, sleek design and creative cocktails, has become something of a clubhouse for city's design and fashion elite.
  • Fidel'sÅboulevarden 25, +45 86 20 24 28. Th 19-03,F-Sa 19-05. Cocktail bar, age limit 23 on weekends.
  • FlintstoneRosenkrantzgade 20 +45 86 12 43 44. M-W 13-01,Th-F 13-02,Sa 10-02,Su 16-01. A small but cozy pub not far from the main walking street. Nice and friendly staff! Beer 35kr.


  • Herr BartelsÅboulevarden 46 +45 86 18 08 33. Th 20-??,F-Sa 20-04. Longest bar in town, serving the best drinks in town. Nice atmosphere, nice crowd and drinks for 50kr a piece is considered cheap. Recommended.
  • Der KuhstallÅboulevarden 22. M-Th 16-midnight,F-Sa 12-05. Large, German-style "Bier Bar" on the river.
  • Ris Ras FilliongongongMejlgade 24 +45 86 18 50 06. M-Sa noon-02,Su 14-19. Also just known as Ris Ras, this cozy and alternative bar offers a great variety of beers, rums and... Hookahs! When the tiny bar gets packed, you can find more secluded - but not less cozy - rooms in the basement.

  • TrainToldbodgade 6 +45 86 13 87 22. Could be called Aarhus' main club. Don't miss 'Kupe' [24] next door for the pre-party. Beer 45kr..
  •   Jacobs Barbqvestergade 3. Aarhus' oldest restaurant, with a large famous menu card. Top of the line steaks in cosy and warm surroundings.
  • WaxiesFrederiksgade 16.
  • RömerÅboulevarden 50. Very good club with blasting tunes. Beer 40kr. Drinks 45kr..
  • Sherlock Holmes. Frederiksgade 76. Nice big pub with only-English speaking staff.
  • Den Sidste. Paradisgade 9. Literally "The last one" in Danish. Fills up when other clubs close up. Beer 20kr.
  • Thorups Kælder. Is the city’s oldest basement, reputedly built in the 13th century by Cistercian monks. Today you can enjoy a drink or two in this basement bar where you can almost hear the rustling sound of the monks’ habits sweeping across the floor.
  • G-bar. Aarhus' gay and lesbian club.
  • SLM. Gay leather and fetish bar.
  •   ZenZa Cocktailbar (ZenZa Århus), Åboulevarden 30 +45 50 40 20 30, e-mail: . Th 21:00-05:00, Fr-Sa 23:00-05:00. Zenza Cocktailbar’s main focus is high quality and good service. Here they offer a wide variety of delicious cocktails, also shots, beer, and wine. ZenZa is more than ‘just’ a cocktailbar, and the party really gets started when the DJ starts play music.


Prices for hotels are higher than in other parts of Europe. There is a youth hostel, but it is not very fancy


  • Blommehaven Camping. Camp site in the beautiful Marselisborg Forest, 5 km south of the city center. Can be reached with bus.
  • Danhostel. The youth hostel is in the forest about 3 km north of town. Can be reached by bus.
  • City Sleep-in. Basic hostel in Havnegade in the center 5 min from the train station. Functional but rather spartan, and not very clean. Dormitory from €18.

Medium to expensive[edit]

  • Cab Inn. Right in the center between the Church and Åen. Rooms go from €71 (single) to €103 (triples). The rooms are quite small but a TV and private shower and toilet are included. Two stars
  • Comfort Hotel Atlantic. Set in a modern building with views across the harbor and the city. Three stars.
  • Comwell Aarhus +45 8672 8000. Brand new design hotel (opened summer 2014) with 240 rooms, located in the city's newest and tallest highrise, Aarhus City Towers. Four stars. 1298 DKK
  • Zleep Hotel Aarhus. A modern tower situated just outside the centre, near the main approach roads to the city, 500 meters from the E45 motorway. Three stars. 499 DKK.
  • Hotel Villa Provence. A small French oasis bursting with an almost private atmosphere and character. Four stars. 1400 DKK.
  • Hotel Ritz. Best Western hotel, just next to the train station. Three stars.
  •   Best Western The Mayor HotelBanegaardspladsen 14 +45 87320100, e-mail: . Check-in: 15.00, check-out: 11.00. A modern town hotel which has been refurbished 3 august 2015. It is a 3 star hotel with a 4 stared product. The Mayor Hotel offers a large breakfast made by own baker and serves special roasted coffee and fresh pressed orange juice. All this just beside the shopping street and train yard. From 600 kr..
  • Scandic Aarhus Vest. Built in 1989, a six-storey hotel two kilometres from the Old Town and four kilometres from the city center and train station. Three stars.
  • Scandic Aarhus City. Large, very new hotel (opened 2012) in the city centre, right next to the main pedestrian street and just a few hundred metres from the central station.
  • Hotel Oasia. Hotel opened June 2008, furnished with Nordic design.
  • Hotel Royal. Luxury hotel in the centre. Four stars.
  • Helnan Marselis Hotel. The monumental waterfront hotel was designed by Danish architects Friis and Molkte and completed in 1967. Four stars.
  • Havnehotellet. A clean hotel right on the marina. The hotel is unmanned and so check-in is done on a computer. The marina is a nice place to sit and watch the sunset with a bottle of wine from the vending machine! (no mini-bars) and is only a 5 minute walk from the main city centre, although you can catch the bus if you want. There are a couple of restaurants and an ice-cream shop there so you don't have to leave the marina if you don't want to.


  • Badeanstalten SpanienSpanien 1 +45 86 13 25 77. M-F 7-21,Sa 7-17,Su 9-17. Hot spot for the city's gay community, has an indoor pool, steambaths and saunas. Many children in the pool in weekends. 37-60 DKK.


Go next[edit]

  • Aarhus is surrounded by beautiful beech forests; take a walk in Marselisborgskoven or in the deer park.
  • As a coastal city, there are many beaches to walk - just remember warm clothes October through early April. There are history trails from Moesgaard Museum right down to the water, with reconstructed stone age, Iron Age and Viking houses and tombs, rune stones etc.
  • The local soccer team AGF, plays their home games at Atletion, which can hold around 21.000 in attendance. If you're a soccer fan, don't miss a home game (Played on Saturdays or Sundays) as the atmosphere is amazing during game night!
  • There are a number of beautiful castles and manor houses located a short car ride (30 minutes to an hour) away from Aarhus. Options include Rosenholm Slot (by Hornslet), Frijsenborg Slot (by Hammel) and Gammel Estrup (near Randers). As a day trip you might choose to visit Rosenholm Slot and Gammel Estrup, which are both located north/northeast of Aarhus.
  • Djurs Sommerland, amusement park has Denmark's largest rollercoaster. Can be reached with buses 121, 122 and 123 in 1h15m. Discount if buying your entrance ticket in the bus (you only pay DKK 20,- extra for the bus trip there and back).
  • Ebeltoft is a quaint little town about an hour bus ride away. You can catch bus 123 with a day ticket costing DKK 125 (note that you can use this to also get out to the airport if arriving/leaving the same day). It has one main cobblestone street lined with shops and cafes and you can visit the glass museum (it has a mirror room that you can walk in!) or the world's longest wooden ship. The actual bus ride there takes you through some lovely green hilly countryside too. Just make sure you get off at the station called Ebeltoft C rather than waiting till the end of the line which is the Ebeltoft bus station... unless you enjoy a bit of a walk which one could say is a nice way to view the residential streets one wouldn't normally have done!
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