Located in Jutland, Denmark’s western province, Aarhus is actually a small university town. Because of its status, there is not a lot of “to do” activities in Aarhus and to imagine that someone would want to spend a couple of days more in Aarhus compared to in Copenhagen is nearly impossible. However, we found that the quietness of the town is the actual strength that will attract visitors. Why do we say so? This is because Aarhus has a lot of parks and the one not too far from the university is considered peaceful and beautiful. Besides, you’ll get cheap food to eat and great local music scene. Some museums and a few old churches will keep you busy if you’re getting tired of the strolling at the park. Copenhagen is probably livelier, but Aarhus is a place for you to relax.
Tips of Money Saving
Unfortunately, finding budget accommodation in Aarhus is pretty hard because the small town is primarily filled with college students. However, the best way to find a place to stay is to use Couchsurfing site. Due to the lack of cheap and good accommodation in Aarhus, couchsurfing is advisable to all visitors. Other than that, getting a city pass is also a good choice. If you are planning to visit a lot of attractions and do a lot of sightseeing, we highly recommend getting one of the city passes where you can get free admission and discounts to some attractions and the museums. It will also come with free public transportation that will connect you the places of attraction.(image by Ghislain SILLAUME)
Top Things To Do
Aarhus Art Museum offers a variety of awesome drawings, paintings and sculptures from the world’s oldest collections of Danish art dating back to the year 1750. Other than that, the Clausholm Manor which was built in the 1690’s is quite majestic. We highly recommend taking a tour of the castle. Besides, you’ll get the chance to explore Denmark’s oldest Baroque estate that featured a lot of unaltered rooms. If you enjoy drinking beer, visit Ceres Brewery where you will be taught about the history of beer making. You will also be able to sample the drink as well! This is actually one of the most popular attractions in Aarhus.
The oldest theater in Denmark is the Helsinger Teater where it features performances on regular basis during summer. You can also visit “The Deer Park” or the Dyrehaven if you have a lot of time to do so. It is a perfect place to catch a glimpse of sika deer, wild pigs and fallow. Because of its shady wooded surrounding, Dyrehaven offers a peaceful afternoon to the visitors amongst the wildlife, flora and fauna. Take a three hour tour of round and about Aarhus that will take you past marinas and Kalovig Boat Harbor. Before coming back, you will head to the north to the Vosnaesgard Manor and as you come back, you will past beautiful old villages just outside of Aarhus.(image by chop chop the chimp)
We also suggest for visitors to join the Aarhus Festival, the largest cultural event in all of Scandinavia, which usually take place between August 26th to September 4th. You can expect to be entertained by amazing showcase performed by local, national and international artists. Aarhus might be just a small, boring university town to some people, however we believe that you don’t need a major city to understand the true color of traveling. We hope you’ll include Aarhus, Denmark in your list of “must-visit travel destinations“!
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