7 Awesome Things To Do In Aarhus, Denmark [with Suggested Tours]

By Lyza Paloma October 28th, 2015 Posted in Destination, Europe Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 38 Comments

Are you planning to travel to Aarhus, Denmark, soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Aarhus, with suggested tours.

7 Awesome Things To Do In Aarhus, Denmark
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Everybody knows Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital. But, its second-largest city, Aarhus or Arhus, has its charms, too. It’s not ideally huge, but you will not be bored here as there are so many things to enjoy. On average, tourists spend 3 days here. So read on what you should do on your trip!

List of Things to do in Aarhus, Denmark

1. Take a bike tour around Aarhus

7 Awesome Things To Do In Aarhus, Denmark
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One of the best ways to tour around the city without spending much money on transportation or tiring yourself from walking is through a bike. There are bikes for rent around the city, near the train stations or bike shops. Asides from the attractions in this list, one should not miss the Mollestien Lane. It’s very picturesque and quite a gem in the city.

Suggested Tour: Aarhus Card

2. Check out Den Gamle By

7 Awesome Things To Do In Aarhus, Denmark
Photo by Ib Aarmo CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

You can’t say you’ve been in Aarhus, Demark without going to the old town open-air museum, Den Gamle By. It does not only display houses that have been used in the 1900s, but you will see people dressed up, too. They will show you the old ways of Denmark. It will surely be a fascinating experience. It’s also inside the Aarhus Botanical Gardens, so after walking on the streets of the Old Town, you can relax.

P.S. It’s magical to spend Christmas here!

Suggested Tour: Aarhus Christmas Tour 

3. Visit ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum

7 Awesome Things To Do In Aarhus, Denmark
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The oldest art museum outside the country’s capital is ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum. They feature artworks from the Danish Golden Age until today. Even kids will enjoy this museum. One of the tourist’s favorite parts is the “Your Rainbow Panorama,” a circular skywalk that offers you a view of the city and a great photo op spot.

Suggested Tour: Aarhus Like a Local: Customized Private Tour 

4. Have Fun in Tivoli Friheden

7 Awesome Things To Do In Aarhus, Denmark
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If you want to have fun, then go to Tivoli Friheden. It is an amusement park in Aarhus that is good for all ages. If you are an adrenaline-junkie, like me, try the roller coaster and the Sky Tower. There are also restaurants in the area, so you don’t have to worry. The best time to go here is during Christmas as the lights are amazing.

Suggested Tour: Aarhus Card 

5. Have a night out at Vadestedet

7 Awesome Things To Do In Aarhus, Denmark
Photo by Cohen Van der Velde CC BY 2.0

Vadestedet (The Ford) is a recreational spot nearby the Aarhus River. There are many cafes and clubs in this area, so you should dine it. You can check many pubs and stay at one which suits your tastes and vibe. The best time to party in Aarhus is on Friday or Saturday nights. Don’t forget to try Aarhus Bryghus, a local beer!

Suggested Tour: Aarhus Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

6. Learn history in Moesgaard Museum

7 Awesome Things To Do In Aarhus, Denmark
Photo by Lars Plougmann CC BY-SA 2.0

When you come here, you will probably think it’s not a museum, but a villa. You will see archaeological collections that will make you learn about Denmark’s history, from the Stone Age to medieval times. There is plenty to see and learn, so open your eyes and ears as you wander within this world-class museum.

Suggested Tour: Aarhus Card 

7. Relax Den Uendelige Bro

 

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The Infinite Bridge is something you should not miss when you are in Aarhus, Denmark. You can enjoy a 360 panoramic view of Aarhus Bay. You can also take a dip and swim around the beach or just sit down and take in the view. Please take note that the bridge usually gets dismantled from October to April during the winter season. You can get a perfect view of the sunrise here, too!

Suggested Tour: Aarhus Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

 

Where to stay in Aarhus, Denmark

Budget Hotel

Wakeup – Aarhus

7 Awesome Things To Do In Aarhus, Denmark

Located a few minutes’ walks to Aarhus Train Station and 300 m from Aarhus City Hall, Wakeup Aarhus features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property.ARoS Aarhus Art Museum is 700 m away. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen T.V. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom.

Price: Starts at USD 98 for a Standard Double Room for two

Luxury Hotel

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Aarhus

7 Awesome Things To Do In Aarhus, Denmark

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel is part of the Scandinavian Congress Centre in the heart of Aarhus, Denmark. Rooms are air-conditioned in 3 differing styles. All are equipped with a flat-screen T.V. with cable channels, as well as a minibar, safe and trouser press. The open-air museum Aarhus Old Town is a 10-minute drive away, while the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum and Concert Hall Aarhus neighbor the hotel.

Price: Starts at USD 146 for a Standard Room for two

How to go to Aarhus, Denmark

By Air: The nearest airport is Aarhus Airport. There are regular domestic flights from Copenhagen, London, Poland, Norway, and Sweden. You can take a bus from the airport to the railway station.

From Copenhagen, Denmark: You can take a train from Copenhagen Central Station to Aarhus Central Station. It will take about 3 hours.

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About the Writer

Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I aim to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.

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38 thoughts on “7 Awesome Things To Do In Aarhus, Denmark [with Suggested Tours]

  1. This place sounds really adventurous. I am big tim bike riding fan. Definitely gonna do that when I will visit. Great post

  2. Aarhus looks so nice and peaceful. It has always been my impression that Danish people are nice, and the country is very nice too. I have met some people from there who came all the way to the Philippines for vacation. Looking at the places you recommended, I suppose if I will pick one, it is to spend time talking with people (and friends) on night outs in bars… I do prefer quiet ones where it is easier to talk. And oh, let’s have some beers too. 🙂

  3. Awesome list of awesome things to do in denmark haha! The place looks so chill I want to live there. The amusement park seems great 🙂

  4. Looks like a chilled out city. Quite different from the usual bigger cities. Nice places in the list along with cool pictures

  5. I would love to try that bungee and sky dive thingy, and the deers are so meek and lovely. Hope I’ll have a chance to visit this place soon- looks orderly and quiet.

  6. I’ve never been to Denmakr before. But I’m always looking for nice places to travel to. It’s not that far away for me actually. Ive already picked some favourites from your list! I really like the deer park and Tivoli Friheden. My brother in law is fond of Botanical gardens, so I’ll definetly show him those pictures!

  7. Denmark seems to be a place where you can sit and relax, take a walk or ride a bike and enjoy the scenery around.

  8. To be honest Denmark really isn’t part of our must visit list, seeing your post though makes me think twice about it.

  9. Denmark seems like a very progressive country. It’s not a very popular destination among locals here in the Philippines, but from your description and photos it looks like a good place to visit in Europe. I love that there are open parks and botanical gardens in the middle of the city! 🙂 The perfect formula for preserving nature amidst development.

  10. I’ll definitely enjoy the botanical garden. The indoor botanical garden somehow reminds me of the Gardens By The Bay in Singapore. I watched your video clip of the Sky Tower Free Fall and I dunno if I am that adventurous to try!

  11. In the seven awesome things to do in Aarhus, the last three really captured my interest. I would love to know more about Denmark by strolling in the Den Gamle By. Hope you added a photo of some people wearing the traditional Danish attires. Meanwhile, the free fall in Sky Tower is a must for an adventure seeker like me. How high is it? Finally, the botanical garden serves double purpose: relaxation through the view of plant varieties and as a good backdrop for a portrait shoot.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. I’d love to visit Tivoli, I was supposed to a few years back but the weather prevented me. I love strolling round Old Towns, they’re always so classic and stunning. And I’d love to go to a deer park, definitely needs to go on my Travel Wishlist

  13. Wow, these are all cool stuff. Now, I want to go to Denmark more. I love the tTinggly experience! 🙂

  14. Awesome list girl! Been wanting to visit Denmark for so long, it is so close from Finland yet I’ve never been. Hopefully one day I’ll get to visit this beautiful place 🙂

  15. A very nice selection, Mary! I’ve only been to Copenghaen, Holstebro and Esbjerg but I figured DK is a very small country, it’s so easy to drive around! Thanks for sharing! Xx

  16. Looking pretty and the Autumn colors…ah so nice! The old part of town looks lovely and the Botanical gardens so Autumn foliage !

  17. I’m desperate to visit Denmark… even more so now.
    Unfortunately it is a little down the list just due to the cost of everything out there. Hope to visit its neighbors too.
    Sounds like its well worth the trip and the pennies 🙂
    Love reading your guys posts!

  18. I love the idea of the Rainbow Panorama! And the Botanical Gardens look beautiful! Isn’t it nice when you can find great things to do in a small town?

  19. I will certainly check this out when we go to Denmark! My son, Dane, wants to go there since he thinks everyone’s name is Dane. Silly kid.

  20. Thx s much for this post on Aarhus, Denmark. I’ve never even heard of this city, but your pics have seriously made me want to book a trip to check it out.

  21. Nice to see, Denmark doesn’t seem to get too much travel coverage.

    Is the Tinggly reference to the travel gift company (I’ve noticed a lot of writers in ambassadorial roles lately)?

    I’ve checked them out, and their stuff, whilst cool, is seriously over-priced…

  22. So many cool things to do in Denmark, wow! The amusement park sure sounds awesome; I’d love to try that free-fall!

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Written by Lyza Paloma

Lyza is a native of Leyte who spent 10 years studying and working in Cebu before working for Two Monkeys Travel. She decided to stop daydreaming and started to pursue her dreams of traveling to the Philippines and the world. She has already been to 4 countries in Asia and 18 provinces in the Philippines. She’s flexible and can travel solo, with friends, or family. Besides traveling, she loves organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends.

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