A contrasting mix of youthful spirit and laidback atmosphere, Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city. Thanks to its growing gastronomy, lively music scene and museums to boot, it has been listed as the “European Capital of Culture” by the New York Times.
Things to do in Aarhus
The summer months in Aarhus bring in a variety of live music events. If you’re a fan of festivals then you’re in luck, as June brings with it the three-day North Side Festival, an eclectic mix of new and old talent playing live music late into the night. Similarly, the Aarhus Festival in August offers music lovers a range of live events as Scandinavian culture is celebrated by local and international artists.
If you’re more of a culture vulture, then head to ARoS, the modern art museum featuring rotating exhibitions. You’ll most likely notice the rainbow skywalk that runs high above the city, which is the famous live exhibit put on by ARoS. The Moesgaard Museum, showcasing archaeology and ethnography, is certainly worth a visit too.
After you’ve danced the afternoon away to live music or explored the city’s art history, it’s probably time to find some food. Lucky for you, Aarhus won the European Region of Gastronomy Award and serves exceptional Scandinavian gastronomy. From Michelin star restaurants to quaint off-the-grid cafes, there’s something for everyone. Rye bread is a Danish favourite and is best washed down with a pint of local Mikkeller beer.
Outdoor lovers aren’t left out of the city’s must-see attractions, as just four kilometres north of the city sits a long sand beach and rolling forest, perfect to let the kids run wild and to enjoy a barbecue. Alternatively, pay a visit to Mols Bjerge, one of Denmark’s three national parks located just a 40-minute drive out of the city.
Getting around Aarhus
Shuttle buses run from Aarhus Lufthavn Airport directly into the city, and once in Aarhus you can make use of the free city bikes or use the local bus system. If you’re venturing further afield, a car hire for the day would be advisable.