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Aarhus skyline with ARoS Art Museum and the landmark clock tower of Aarhus City Hall.
Den Gamle By (The Old Town)

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


Aarhus offers an elegant mix of cosmopolitan city and quaint small town charm, with wonderful pubs, restaurants and romantic places. Being a university city and centre for education, Aarhus has a large student population and the average age of its inhabitants is among the lowest in Europe.

Some interesting facts:

  • Aarhus hosts the largest cultural festival in Scandinavia, known as "Aarhus Festuge" (Aarhus Festival). It is held every year for 10 days in August-September.
  • Aarhus is part of the East Jutland Metropolitan area, which by far has the fastest growing population in Denmark.
  • 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.
  • There has been a veritable building boom in Aarhus in recent years, with many large scale projects. Several are already finished, but many are still being planned, including some tall highrises.
  • 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 once or twice an hour from Copenhagen (København) to Aarhus and take about three hours. As of July 2015, the adult fare is DKK382, with an additional DKK30 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 DKK191 (half price). Discounts can also be obtained by buying Orange Tickets some weeks in advance. Details on DSB's homepage.

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

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.

EkspresRuten operates buses to and from Copenhagen (next to the Central Station) and Roskilde (Trekroner Station), as well as several other Danish cities.

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 arrive and depart from Banegårdspladsen immediately in front of the main railway station: a one-way ticket costs DKK100. Tickets are sold on the bus. Accepted currencies are Danish crowns, US dollars, pounds sterling and euro. Major credit cards are also accepted.

Aarhus airport is serviced by a number of major European airlines. Flights from London Stansted Airport 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 DKK180. 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. If you want to venture further out, several routes have been established for both exercise and leisurely strolls. Known as "sunbeams", they avoid heavily trafficked roads and includes nature experiences.

Rent a bike in Bikes4Rent or better yet, borrow a free City Bike, available around the city. You need to insert a DKK20 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 DKK20 - or DKK10 if you are under 16 years of age. Tickets are also available in 10-trip tickets, that vary in price depending on how far you want to go (DKK120-220), 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 transport: Rejseplanen.

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


  • JetCab (Bike Taxi)- No phone number.


ARoS Art Museum
Aarhus University Park
Aarhus Cathedral at the square of Store Torv.
Mindeparken and the Marselisborg Palace.

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. Many attractions are free and the public space has many free facilities, events and an interesting street life, so even on a budget you can have an enjoyable experience.

  • 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. Be sure to spend some time in the large surrounding Botanical Garden and the new Greenhouses. Both are free, but not the museum.
  • Kvindemuseet (Women's Museum), Domkirkepladsen 5 +45 86 18 64 70. Tu-Su 10-16, except W 10-20. Right next to the Aarhus Cathedral in the old City Hall building. There is a good nicely decorated café here too. 40 DKK.
  •   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. The museum re-opened in in a brand new iconic building in October 2014. Excellent museum restaurant and café. The large historical landscape below the museum is also worth a visit in itself. It is free and accessible year round. 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. The indoor design is the most intriguing. For a fee you can visit the clock tower and enjoy the view. Don't miss the Grisebrønden statue (the well of the pigs) with the drooling and peeing pigs, located in the Town Hall Square. Good hotdogs too.
  • The University Park (Aarhus University Campus). Designed by famous Danish architects C.F.Møller, Kaj Fisker (buildings) and C. Th. Sørensen (landscape garden) is another noteworthy piece of architecture. Here you find the State Library, a landmark highrise in characteristic yellow brick, Antikmuseet a museum of Antique culture and art, a Natural History Museum, and the Steno Museum with historic collections on science and medicine. The park itself is worth a visit on its own, year round.
  • 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. Free.
  • 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 both the longest and tallest in Denmark. Next to it, is Aarhus Cathedral School, also with an 800 year history. Concerts are sometimes arranged in the church. The tower offers a good view. Across the cathedral is an old subterranean monks cellar, it was formerly part of the cathedral complex, with an underground tunnel, now a bar and nightclub. Free (a fee for the tower).
  • Kunsthal AarhusJ.M. Mørks Gade 13 (Go to Mølleparken. Kunsthal Aarhus is located across the river.),  +45 86 20 60 50. Tu-Su 10:00-17:00, except W 10:00-21:00. An arts centre, promoting contemporary art. Built and established in 1917, it is one of the oldest arts centres in Europe. Free (2015).
  • Aarhus Viking MuseumSkt. Clemens Torv 6 +45 89 42 11 00. M-F 10:00-16:00, except Th 10:00-17:30. Small Viking museum located in the basement of the Nordea Bank next to the cathedral. Free.
  • Mindeparken (Marselisborg Mindepark) (Drive south along the coastal route.). This memorial park offers a panoramic view of the Bay of Aarhus. Many larger events are held here and when the weather permits, citizens flock to relax here. The park has several interesting sections of different designs, including a grove of Japanese cherry trees and a sculpture garden. It also contains the largest World War I memorial in the country, commemorating 4,000 dead Danish soldiers. Many interesting places are nearby, including the Marselisborg Palace, Aarhus Forestry Botanical Garden, the Ceres Park & Arena stadium, Aarhus Racecourse and the extensive Marselisborg Forests. Free.


For concerts, try The Concert Hall, Train, Voxhall, Gyngen, Fatter Eskil, Godsbanen or Studenterhus Aarhus.

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 Mindepark adjacent to Marselisborg Palace, the Queen's summer residence (the private palace garden and park is 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 hiking, biking and rollerskating, as there are 10 km of flat paths without any car traffic.

Theatre & Cinema[edit]

Aarhus theatre

For independent and European cinema, visit Øst for Paradis [1]. For mainstream movies, visit Cinemaxx [2] in Bruuns Galleri, Biocity [3] opposite from the train station or Metropol [4] in Trøjborg.

  • Slagtehal 3Mejlgade 50. This should be your choice, if you're into horror movies, which are shown every Thursday. DKK50.
  • Aarhus TheaterTeatergaden +45 89 33 23 00. The city's main theatre
  • SvalegangenRosenkrantzgade 21. The second-largest theatre in Aarhus, conveniently located in Rosenkrantzgade just off the major pedestrian street Ryesgade.


Tivoli Friheden amusement park.
  • Tivoli FrihedenSkovbrynet 5 +45 86 14 73 00. 11-23 (varies greatly). Amusement park is located south of the centre. Check opening days on the webpage. Also featuring concerts. DKK65 / All-ride ticket DKK130.
  • RaceHallHasselager Centervej 30 +45 86 28 01 70. Go for a go-kart race in what they claim is the largest indoor Race track in Europe. DKK310-580.
  • Aarhus SkøjtehalGøteborg Alle 9 +45 86 10 42 19. Ice skating is possible during the winter in Aarhus Skøjtehal, or outside the Concert Hall. DKK37.
  • Huset (The House), Vestrbros Torv 1-3 +45 86 76 20 00. M-Th 09:00-21:00,F 09:00-16:00. You can make your own artworks in the free ateliers in this activity centre.
  • 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!
  • GodsbanenSkovgaardsgade 3 +45 8940 9948, +45 2920 9043. A new centre for cultural productions of all kinds. Open workshops, events (theatre, concerts, performance, film, etc.). There is a restaurant and café here too. Located behind ARoS and the Concert Halls. Free.

Festivals and events[edit]

Concert (Aarhus Festuge)
  • Aarhus Festuge. 10 day multi-cultural festival every year in late August, early September. The festival draws many participants and visitors and it is the largest event of its kind in northern Europe. The city is filled with music, literature, theatre, food, architecture and other events and is decorated for partying. Free.
  • Northside. 3 day annual music festival every summer with three stages. Many well-known and international stars.
  • Classic Race Aarhus. An annual race and event every year in May with classic cars, including sportscars. At Mindeparken.
  • Sculpture by The Sea - Aarhus (Go to Tangkrogen to start your tour). A local version of the famous Australian Sculpture by The Sea event. Arranged by ARoS and the crown-prince couple every second year, next time in 2017. Hundreds of sculptures are installed at the beach, south of the city and can be viewed here for about a month. Each event has drawn c. 500,000 guests. Guided tours for a fee. Free.
  • Aarhus International Jazz Festival. Held every year in the summer, following the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Many Danish and international stars as well as concerts with both local and up and coming talents. hundreds of concerts, many free concerts in the public space.
  • Moesgård Vikingetræf. A large Viking event held every summer in July at Moesgård beach. Viking re-enactments, markets, workshops, roleplays.


The East Jutland region has many options for golfers. The courses are of a high quality and often situated in beautiful nature. As part of this region, Aarhus has several options for playing golf:

  • Mollerup Golf ClubMollerupvej 7, Risskov +45 86 78 55 56, e-mail: . Mollerup Golf Club is situated in the northern outskirts of Aarhus, on the southern slopes of the broad and flat Egå Valley, officially in the district of Risskov, but close to Skejby. Apart from the golf facilities, there is a great scenic view across the valley here and it is close to the forest of Mollerup Skov and the lake area of Egå Engsø. 18 holes. The club is from 1993, but golf has been played here since 1968. Café and restaurant. 9 km from the city centre.
  • Lyngbygaard GolfLyngbygårdsvej 29, Brabrand +45 87 44 10 70. Located west of Aarhus in the district of Brabrand. 18 holes and 9 holes with five tees on every hole. Challenges for all levels. Designed by the American architecture firm von Hagge, Smelek og Baril. Golf academy and restaurant.
  • Aarhus Golf ClubNy Moesgårdvej 50, Højbjerg (Go to Moeasgård Museum),  +45 86 27 63 22, e-mail: . Aarhus Golf Club in the district of Højbjerg is located close to the Moesgård Museum and the Marselisborg Forests. There is a great view of the Bay of Aarhus from here and the excellent bistro and restaurant UNICO, also serves for non-golfing guest, both lunch and evening meals. The golf club has 35 years of experience and more than 1,000 members. 18 holes.
  • Aarhus MinigolfÅboulevarden 52 +45 21 85 05 18, e-mail: . If you dont like to leave the city, or are looking for some alternative fun, Aarhus has a minigolf club! Play in the city centre on the rooftop of Bruuns Galleri or at the three story minigolf centre at the riverside at Åboulevarden. The mingolf centre is located on top of Café Viggo and there are two bars here and room for up to 150 players. If you are a party, there are rooms for celebrating and you can order dinners. 60 DK.


  • 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.


  • The extensive pedestrian zone in the city centre is packed with small speciality boutiques, cafés and larger department stores such as Salling and Magasin du Nord. Especially the main street known as Strøget, highlights upscale Scandinavian clothing shops and jewellery.
  • 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 across the rail way yard 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 large amount of conferences, good quality food products from local producers and 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 centre, there are lots of restaurants and cafes with high standard (and price).

The locals regularly frequent the many cafés when going out for a meal. Besides being the best option for breakfast (DKK45), brunch and lunch, most cafés serve excellent home made burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups and snacks at reasonable prices (DKK80-150 for a meal).

Restaurant Johan R at the Concert Halls in Danish design
The Latin Quarter has many restaurants (Restaurant Komfur)
There are several interesting restaurants in the Marselisborg Forests (The Varna Palace)


As Aarhus is a city full of students, there are actually several budget priced places, but they can be hard to spot for the hurried tourist and a little research (or asking) would be a good idea, if you need to save on the meals. You do not have to compromise on quality in Aarhus, even when eating on a budget.

  • 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.


  • Mackies's Cantina (Mackie's Pizza), Sct. Clemens Torv 9 +45 86 12 36 61. Restaurant and café, known for introducing pizza eating without knife and fork, into Aarhus. Pretty cheap prices. Usually good steaks and wine for a discount also. Nice decor and atmosphere.
  • 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.

Traditional Danish food[edit]

Teater Bodega is one of several historic restaurants in Aarhus, serving traditional Danish food.

Traditional Danish food has seen a surge in the Danish restaurant business in recent decades. Unlike the experimental and often quite expensive dining of the New Nordic Cuisine, traditional Danish food is hearty, simple and of course sticks with tradition. Usually special dinner plans around the feasts such as Mortens Aften (St. Martin's Day 11 November), Christmas and Easter. Prices are mostly mid range.

  • Den Lille KroNørre Allé 55 +45 86 86 44 41. Central restaurant with a cosy atmosphere, this relatively new restaurant serves traditional Danish food of a good quality for both lunch and evening dinners. Portions are large. mid range.
  • Rådhus KaféenGuldsmedgade 32 +45 86 18 44 88. Established in 1924, and with a central location at the City Hall Square, this is a popular restaurant both for lunch dinners and evening meals. Portions are large and the quality is good. Authentic traditional Danish interior design. mid range.
  • Teater BodegaSkolegade 7 +45 86 12 19 17, e-mail: . With a central location next to Aarhus Theatre, this historic restaurant has served food since 1911. The name Teater Bodega is from 1959. There is a big variety in the meal plan, and the quality is good. The interior is kept in an old traditional Danish design and is an experience in itself. mid range.
  • Restaurant KohalenJægergårdsgade 152-154 +45 86 12 14 81. Located in the former slaughter house district of the harbour district, this restaurant (from 1907) serves good quality traditional Danish meals. The restaurant is very popular for loud dinner parties and it might be impossible to reserve a seat. mid range.
  • Restaurant Benny'sGuldsmedgade 32 +45 86 18 44 88. Small central restaurant in the Latin Quarter serving traditional Danish food. Has had some bad reviews on Trip Adviser. mid range.


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' [5] 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


The Danhostel in the beautiful and tranquil forest-park of Riis Skov just north of the city centre.
  • 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. 15-20 min walk from the city centre. You can both store and make your own food here and save.
  • 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]

Hotel Royal, right in the city centre.
The new modern Comwell hotel in the tall central Aarhus City Tower.
  • 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.



Aarhus Municipality has made its Wi-Fi free and public. Known as Smart Aarhus, it can be freely accessed in and around most public institutions and from many larger public squares and parks as well, day and night.


  • Badeanstalten SpanienSpanien 1 +45 89 40 20 70. M-Th 8-20, F-Su 8-16. Recently renovated historic building of functionalist design, located at the central bus station, with large indoor pool, spa and saunas. Many families and children in the pool on weekends. Special luxury section with men and women mixed. Saunas, steambaths, spa and other wellness facilities. Occasional evening events. 45-85 DKK.


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  • The local soccer team AGF, plays their home games at Ceres Park & Arena, which can hold around 21,000. 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!
  • Aarhus is surrounded by beautiful beech forests; take a stroll or do some green exercise in the urban forest-park of Riis Skov just north of the city centre or the extensive Marselisborg Forests along the southern coast. Each of the four seasons has its own particular charms, but the leaf bursting beech trees in early May is something special.
  • In Riis Skov you can spice up the trip with some great dining at the romantic Sjette Frederiks Kro. In the summertime you can buy ice creams, coffee or hot dogs at one of two forest kiosks instead and take a swim, play or soak up some sun at the public seabath of Den Permanente. There are facilities here for some beach grilling also, just bring coal and food. If you would like to explore the city more, you should try to take a walk through the adjacent neighbourhood of Trøjborg. It is officially part of the city centre, but Trøjborg has its own particular charm, a bit like a small town within the city.
In the Marselisborg forests you can also hike/bike/drive or take a bus to Moesgård, a section of the forests further south. Here you can experience the marked history trail from the Moesgaard Museum right down to the sea, with reconstructed Stone Age, Iron Age and Viking houses and tombs, rune stones etc.. There is a good café at the museum itself, you can choose to have an excellent lunch or evening meal at Restaurant UNICO at the golf course close to the museum, have a great lunch at the medieval Skovmøllen restaurant in the forests, or you can bring your own food as many of the locals do when they picnic at the large grassy areas at the beach in the summer months.
  • As a coastal city, there are many beaches to walk around Aarhus, just remember to bring warm clothes from October through early April. East Jutland is known for some good surf, angling and sports fishing opportunities [6] and you could use Aarhus as a base.

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  • 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 Moesgård Manor, Vilhelmsborg, Rosenholm Slot, Frijsenborg Slot and Gammel Estrup. Moesgård Manor is located next to the new Moesgård Museum, but only the outside grounds and the manor park is accessible. Vilhelmsborg (3km southwest of Moesgård Manor) has a very good restaurant and a nice park and forest, a riding college and hosts a large amateur theatre play once in the summer. Gammel Estrup 25km north of Aarhus and near Randers, is a museum and perhaps the best choice for event seekers. Here you can experience the inside of the manor first hand and several events are held throughout the year. Rosenholm Slot by Hornslet is a private residence, but offers occasional guided tours. Frijsenborg (at Hammel) is also a private residence, but situated in a beautiful forested countryside and close to Pøt Mølle, an excellent restaurant and inn in an old timber framed milling house.
  • Djurs Sommerland, amusement park has Denmark's largest rollercoaster. Can be reached with buses 121, 122 and 123 in 1h15. Discount if buying your entrance ticket in the bus (you only pay DKK20 extra for the bus trip there and back).
  • Several nearby cities can be done in a day trip, with Aarhus as a base. Cities that might interest a traveller, includes Randers, Grenå, Silkeborg, Skanderborg, Horsens, Vejle and Ebeltoft. If you plan your daytrip well and get up in the morning, you might even make interesting and eventful one-day outings to Viborg, Aalborg or Odense. Copenhagen is a 3 hour train ride away, but a bit longer if you go by bus or car.
  • Ebeltoft is a quaint little town about an hour bus ride away. You can catch bus 123 with a day ticket costing DKK125 (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! Ebeltoft has a ferry connection to Zealand.
  • Visit the Kalø castle ruins 20km north of Aarhus and breathe in some nature scenery from the hilltops of the new Mols Bjerge National Park. This trip can be combined with some excellent dining at Molskroen in the cosy rural village of Femmøller or perhaps a travel further east to Ebeltoft.
  • Drive south to the nearby village of Hou and take the 1 hour ferry to the island of Samsø. Hou is well served by both buses and train too, or if you are fit you can bike there; it is a safe and pleasant trip in itself. You can spend the day doing Samsø and even stay overnight, as there are several excellent hotels and good opportunities for some quality dining on the island. If you are here for a day trip only, drive/bike to Nordby, Nordby Bakker and perhaps Stavns Fjord. From Samsø you can continue your trip to Zealand, so you don't have to backtrack.
  • If you are in Scandinavia or Denmark for hiking, the long distance Aarhus-Silkeborg hiking trail starts of from the city centre of Aarhus. from Åparken to be specific. The first part of the trail includes the Brabrandstien pathway along the Aarhus River, Brabrand Lake and Årslev Lake further west. It is a beautiful trail to walk, and leads to the historically interesting and scenic landscape known as Søhøjlandet (The Lake District) near Silkeborg. The Mols Bjerge National Park close by on Djursland also invites for good hiking experiences.
  • The Maguerite Route. The national Maguerite Route (Margueritruten) passes through or can be started off from Aarhus. It is a self-drive route marked out to highlight the most picturesque areas and sites in Denmark.

Routes through Aarhus
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