The relatively large influx of young people and students from across the Nordic countries create a natural base for cultural activities, and there are countless cafés as well as clubs, cinemas, museums, amusement parks and various other venues of entertainment.
Each year, the town hosts several festivals and concerts including Aarhus International Jazz Festival in July and Aarhus Festuge in September—the biggest themed festival in Scandinavia.
The city’s amusement park Tivoli Friheden offers a range of fun and exciting attractions in green surroundings for all ages. Bring some fresh food if you fancy barbecuing your own meal. The amusement park is open during the summer months only.
To travel back in time visit ‘Den Gamle By’ and experience on first-hand what life was like in Denmark 300 years ago. The staff dressed in costumes can show you around this unique open-air museum of urban buildings collected and saved from demolition across the country.
The three most popular beaches in Aarhus are Bellevue, Den Permanente and Moesgård Strand which are all very popular on hot summer days, but also fantastic for a nice walk with fresh air and beautiful sights. You can catch the bus to all three beaches.
Aarhus’ Museum of Modern Art has a notable collection of Danish art with a wide range of international exhibitions. A five metre tall sculpture named ‘Boy’ has quickly become the museums landmark.
Among many interesting objects, this museum also houses more than 2000-year-old Grauballe man. He was found so well kept that scientists even discovered that he had eaten porridge for breakfast on the day he was sacrificed.
The city’s cathedral is the longest church in Denmark and houses several centuries old frescoes. You should not miss the baptismal font resting on the four Evangelists with their human bodies crowned with symbolic animal heads.
This is one of Denmark’s most original museums. The Women’s Museum shows exhibitions on the aspects of the life of Danish women’s past and present.
Aarhus Rådhus is a functional city hall made by some of Denmark’s most famous architects and have incited admiration and antipathy since the day it was completed in 1941. You can wander around for free, but a guided tour, available in the summer months, is highly recommended.