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 for highrise buildings in Aarhus, including the future tallest building in Denmark (Lighthouse -142 meters ).
- Aarhus is part of the East Jutland Metropolitan area, which has the fastest growing population in Denmark, by far.
- Aarhus has a big, well known cultural festival week, called «Aarhus Festuge» (Aarhus Festival Week) .
- Aarhus has for many years been known as a breeding ground 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.
Tourist Information Office (across from the railway station) pick up the leaflet «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 center.
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. The biggest city mall in Denmark with 95 shops and a cinema. (there are plans of expanding Bruun’s Galleri over the traintracks running next to it).
Storcenter Nord Located in the nothern part of the central city. Another mall with around 55 shops.
City Vest Located in the western part of the city. A mall with around 65 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)
As a tourist, you may be looking for Aarhus Souvenirs, but they can be hard to find. The department stores do not have specific souvenir sections, and there is no real city tourist office with souvenirs (there is some information at DOKK1, but no shop where you can buy souvenirs to bring home). The main attractions tend to have attraction specific souvenirs, but to find Aarhus Souvenirs, your best bet is to go to a bookshop, «»Svend A. Larsen»» ] at Sønder Allé 4 close to the town hall. Online you can also go to «»Urban Code»» , who specializes in Aarhus Souvenirs.
«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 the beginning of May, your trip may coincide with Mejlgade for Mangfoldighed, a 1-day street party in Mejlgade.
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 Mor, Fredens Torv 7. Beer 10kr. edit
Bridgewater, Åboulevarden 22, +45 86 18 20 01, . M-W 16-midnight,Th 16-03,F 14-03,Sa 12-05,Su 14-midnight. Biggest sports bar in town. Good atmosphere and lots of people even if there’s no game. Beer 20kr (More on Saturdays).. edit
The Australian Bar Aarhus, Åboulevarden 21, +45 30 37 07 38, . Th-Sa 22:00-05:00. Offers free bar between 23-00 without entrance fee (only wardrobe). edit
Castenskiold, Åboulevarden 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. edit
Die Kleine Bierstube, Frederiksgade 75, +45 86 13 67 64, . M-Th noon-01,F noon-03,Sa 11-03. German bar. edit
Fidel’s, Åboulevarden 25,, +45 86 20 24 28, . Th 19-03,F-Sa 19-05. Cocktail bar, age limit 23 on weekends. edit
Flintstone, Rosenkrantzgade 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. edit
Gaz station, Åboulevarden 21, +45 86 18 18 28, . Th 21-05,F-Sa 19-05. Start the night in one of the cafés on the opposite side of the club. edit.
Heidi’s Bier Bar, Klostergade 34, +45 87 48 00 03, . W 20-03,Th-F 20-05,Sa 18-05. edit
Herr Bartels, Åboulevarden 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. edit
Ris Ras Filliongongong, Mejlgade 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. edit
Social Club, Klostergade 34, +45 86 19 42 50, . Th-Sa 23-??. Biggest and best student club in Aarhus. Inside there are two separate discos and a nice arrangement of dance floors. They are very strict on the Student ID so don’t forget it, but you can get it for a 50 DKK fee. Furthermore, «Happy hour» at Social Club can be very happy indeed — they serve free beer from 23:00-24:00. If you’re lucky enough that it’s your birthday that night, they will give you a free bottle of vodka and sodas. Beer 40kr (After happy hour), Drinks 45kr for a double.. edit
Sams Bar, Klostergade 28., +45 86 13 21 31, . Th 21-03,F-Sa 21-05. If you don’t get in to Social Club, go to this neighboring club. Beer 40kr.. edit
Train, Toldbodgade 6, +45 86 13 87 22, . Could be called Aarhus’ main club. Don’t miss ‘Kupe’ next door for the pre-party. Beer 45kr.. edit
Hos Anders , Frederiksgade 25. Beer 20kr.
Jacobs , Vestergade 3. Expensive, centrally located, pretty average.
Waxies , Frederiksgade 16.
Römer , Åboulevarden 50. Very good club with blasting tunes. Recommended! 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.
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. By the main bus station, there is also an extensive indoor street food market with lots of tasty world food options.
Casa Mia, Tordenskjoldsgade 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. edit
Havnens Perle, Sverigesgade 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. edit
Restaurant Koch, Pakkerivej 2, +45 86 18 64 00, . in the harbour has only one menu at DKK 1000. Open Thursday and Friday night only edit
Restaurant Seafood, Marselisborg 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. The menu even comes with a translation page in case you’re not familiar with Danish, although it’s easier to just get the waiter to translate for you! edit
Latin Brasserie and Creperie, Klostergade 2, +45 86 13 78 12. located on a corner in the Latin Quarter. They serve good mussels with handcut chips. edit
Spiselauget, Skovgaardsgade 3, +45 31 41 20 22. located in the creative workshop Godsbanen. Take a walk on top of the building’s slanted roof or visit the Double Rainbow Kakao Bar besides the old rails. Breakfast buffet: 45 DKK, Brunch/lunch buffet: 100 — 125 DKK, Dinner: 100 — 350 DKK. edit
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. edit
Mefisto, Volden 28, +45 86 13 18 13, . A simple cafe with great food. The menu includes seafood, tapas, meat. Mains from DKK 170. edit
Kohalen, Jægergårdsgade 154, +45 86 12 14 81, . an old and authentic restaurant located at Sydhavnen. The restaurant has been elected as the best place to eat smørrebrød in Aarhus. 40 DKK. edit
Schweizer Bageriet, M.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. edit
Skovmøllen, Skovmøllevej 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. edit
Bülows kaffebar, Jægergårdsgade 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. edit
Café Gaya, Vestergade 43, . Organic vegetarian café with vegan options. edit
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.
Den Gamle By
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. 110 DKK, under 18’s free. edit
Bymuseet. The town museum of Aarhus has been closed down, to be a part of «Den Gamle By» edit
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. edit
Kvindemuseet (Women’s Museum), Domkirkepladsen 5, +45 86 18 64 70, . Tu-Su 10-16, except W 10-20. 40 DKK. edit
Moesgaard Museum, Moesgård Allé 20 (Take bus 6 South), +45 89 42 11 00, . 10-17, wednesday 10-21, closed on mondays except in week 7 and during summer. The museum reopened in new buildings by architect Henning Larsen in 2015. The bulding itself, as well as the surrounding park, forrest and beach landscape makes for a nice daytrip in themselves. The Prehistoric Trail (4 km) that runs from the old Moesgård Manor to the beach and back is one of the most beautiful walks in Aarhus. However there’s no denying that it is the experience-oriented exhibitions that make this ethographic and archeological museum stand out. The main attractions are two finds from the Iron Age — the Grauballe Man, the only completely preserved bog body, and the impressive sacrifices of weapons from Illerup Ådal. 140 DKK, students (with current student ID) 110 DKK, under 18 is free. edit
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. edit
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 Kirke, Vestergade 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. edit
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 and the oldest still existing high-school in the world. edit
Aarhus Kunstbygning, J.M. Mørks Gade 13, +45 86 20 60 50, . Tu-Su 10-17, except W 10-21. Center of contemporary art. 45 DKK. edit
Aarhus Viking Museum, Skt. 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. 4 DKK, free under 18. edit
For concerts, try The Concert Hall , Train, Voxhall , Gyngen , Fatter Eskil , Musikcafeen 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) or Havreballe Skov (Havreballe Forest). 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 Prehistoric Trail (4 km) starting the old Moesgaard Manor is a beautiful trail transecting most of the 100 hectare area of garden, park, forest, fields and beaches that is owned by the Moesgaard Museum. The Brabrand Lake is ideal for biking and rollerskating, as there are 10 km of flat paths without any car traffic.
Theatre & Cinemaedit
For independent and european cinema, visit Øst for Paradis . For mainstream movies, visit Cinemaxx in Bruuns Galleri, Biocity opposite from the train station or Metropol in Trøjborg.
Aarhus Studenternes Filmklub, Ny Munkegade 1530, +45 86 12 74 88, . The filmclub of the Aarhus University, but open for everyone. 60 DKK. edit
Slagtehal 3, Mejlgade 50, +45 86 19 00 79, . is your choice, if you’re into horror movies, movies every Thursday 50 DKK. edit
Bora Bora, Valdemarsgade 1, +45 89 33 23 00, . Cozy theater with a bar near Musikhuset edit
Aarhus Theater, Teatergaden, +45 89 33 23 00, . The city’s main theater edit
Tivoli Friheden, Skovbrynet 5, +45 86 14 73 00, . 11-23 (varies greatly). Amusement park is located south of the center. Check opening days in the webpage. Also featuring concerts. 65 DKK / All-ride ticket 130 DKK. edit
Jysk Væddeløbsbane, Observatorievejen 2, +45 86 14 25 11, . Go watch a horse race 40 DKK. edit
RaceHall, Hasselager 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. edit
Aarhus Skøjtehal, Gøteborg Alle 9, +45 86 10 42 19, . Ice skating is possible during the winter in Aarhus Skøjtehal, or outside the Concert Hall. 37 DKK. edit
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 edit
VoxHall, Vester 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! edit
Prices for hotels are higher than in other parts of Europe. There is a youth hostel, but it is not very fancy
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 Euro.
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
Blommehaven Camping — Camp site in the beautiful Marselisborg Forest, 5 km south of the city center. Can be reached with bus.
Aarhus Camping — Camp site, 4 km north of Aarhus
Medium to expensiveedit
Hotel Guldsmeden Aarhus — Small hotel situated in the old town in the very heart of Aarhus. Two stars.
Comfort Hotel Atlantic. The Comfort Hotel Atlantic is set in a modern building with views across the picturesque harbor and the city of Aarhus in Denmark. Three stars.
Zleep Hotel Aarhus . Zleep Hotel Aarhus in Viby Aarhus occupies a modern tower situated just outside the city center, near the main approach roads to the city, 500 meters from the E45 motorway. Three stars.
Hotel Villa Provence — Hotel Aarhus A small French oasis bursting with an almost private atmosphere and character, right in the heart of Aarhus. Three stars.
Hotel Ritz Best Western hotel, just next to the train station. Three stars.
Plaza Aarhus Scandic . The Scandic Plaza Aarhus is a modern hotel set in the town’s pedestrianised shopping area, two kilometres from the old town. Three stars.
Scandic Aarhus . Built in 1989, the Scandic Aarhus is a six-storey hotel, located two kilometres from the Old Town and four kilometres from the city center and train station. Aarhus Tirstrup Airport is 50km from the hotel, with an approximate driving time of 45 minutes. Three stars.
Hotel Oasia furnished with Nordic design.
Hotel Royal . Luxury hotel situated in the centre of Aarhus. Four stars.
Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel Arhus . The sleek Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel with its minimal brick exterior, is in Aarhus’s Margrethepladsen, next to the concert hall and less than one kilometer from the city center. Four stars.
Helnan Marselis Hotel . The monumental Helnan Marselis 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.
The entire city is clean and well organized, making walking an excellent and enjoyable way to get around.
Rent a bike at Cycling Aarhus (They also provide guided bike tours) or in Bikes4Rent 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 . 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.
You can also buy a cheap Aarhus Pass which covers all bus transport and all the museums.
Airporttaxi.dk — Book and pay for your taxi online. 10% savings .
Aarhus Taxa — 89 48 48 48 .
Taxamotor Aarhus — 70 33 83 38 .
JetCab (Bike Taxi)- No phone No. .
Trains run 1-2 times an hour from Copenhagen (København) to Aarhus and takes about three hours. Adult fare is DKK 358, an addition DKK 30 to reserve a seat. Discounts are available for persons 25 years old or younger (if buying a WildCard at the expense of 180 DKK) or older than 65 years. Also, discounts can 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.
Rødbillet is the cheapest transport from Copenhagen (among other cities) to Aarhus. Ticket prices around 100 kr.
«Rute1000» is the cheapest transport from Copenhagen to Aarhus if you are a student. Ticket prices are 50 kr.
Abildskou operates buses from Copenhagen (Valby Station), Copenhagen Airport, Hamburg Airport and Berlin.
Eurolines operates buses to Hamburg, from where you can continue to any other european city.
Aarhus Airport, Tirstrup is approx. 45 minutes bus-ride away. Airport buses arrive and leave from Banegårdspladsen in front of the 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 mostly by SAS with flights from Copenhagen; flights from London are serviced also by the low-cost flight provider Ryanair, which has been known to provide fares as low as 1p per(one-way)trip.
Billund Airport , with many flight connections, is approx. 90 minutes bus-ride away. Airport buses arrive and leave from Aarhus bus station and railway station, a one-way ticket costs 155 DKK. Tickets are sold on the bus. Accepted currencies are; Danish Crowns and Euro. Credit Cards are accepted. Alternatively, since direct buses to Aarhus are infrequent and sometimes slow, it is possible to get a bus to Vejle and a train from there to Aarhus.