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Best things to do in Aarhus

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Outdoor Sculpture
“Good (and different) art museum. Go up in the “rainbow” and enjoy the view over Aarhus! ”
302 locals recommend
History Museum
“Den Gamle By - The Old Town Museum The 'Den Gamle By' (The Old Town) is a perfectly unique attraction in Aarhus for the whole family to go on fascinating journey back in history. The museum is awarded the maximum three stars in the Michelin Travel Guide. In the Welfare State of Denmark In the 70s town district you can drop by the shops, including Poul's Radio and TV shop, the mini-supermarket, the gynaecologist clinic, the kindergarten, and the hairdresser's. The townhouses are inhabited by various people, including a nuclear family, a commune, and a blind man. In the backyard are parked a Beetle and the plumber's Citroën. And you can also go inside the moped workshop and the scouts' meeting room. At the end of the Havnegade street lies the historical Aarhus jazz bar Bent J with occasional live music on stage. Once upon a time before 1900 In The Old Town you will meet people dressed and acting as folk at the end of the 19th century, and also as how people lived and worked in 1927. You can also take a walk through a town district from 1970s' Denmark, complete with streets, townhouses, shops, backyards, and workshops re-erected exactly as they stood in the past. The oldest part of the Den Gamle By is representative of a small Danish market town complete with houses, gardens, dwellings, shops and workshops. The buildings originate from towns all over Denmark and they have been re-erected in the museum's grounds. From April and throughout the year you can meet the people of yore in the kitchens, the living rooms, and in the grocery shop. The 1920s – modern times have arrived In 1927, the townscape has become modern with cars in the streets, pavements, electric street lamps, telephone poles, and painted wall adverts. In this town quarter of the Den Gamle By lie an ironmonger's, a bookshop, a Schous Sæbehus chain store, a post office, a telephone exchange, and several residences from before Denmark was hit by the recession in the 1930s. Close-up to the Danes' favourite cars in the 1920s If you enjoy or are curious about motorcars, the town district of 1927 in the Den Gamle By has a treat for you at the authentic motorcar dealer and workshop 'Automobilforretning Carl Christensen'. Here you can find superb old cars, a showroom, a spare parts shop, and workshops carrying out engine renovations and bicycle repair. This is a great opportunity to get close-up to the infancy of Danish motoring and learn more about the many fascinating vehicles of the time. Museum of living history You can meet people dressed, working and behaving just like they did in the olden days. They are cooking food, chopping wood, sewing and needling, or attending to customers in the shops. Feel free to stop for a chat with them; perhaps they will tell you to go and fetch water from the well or throw rubbish on the midden. Go for a ride in the horse-drawn carriage, or make a good bargain in the period shops. Have a pint in the beer cellar and enjoy a cup of coffee with cake in the tea garden. In the Festival square the whole family can race on stilts, play skittles, or have fun on the swing boats and on the merry-go-round. Special exhibitions and smaller museums on site During the year there are theme days, concerts, activities for children, and a number of special exhibitions. The Den Gamle By museum grounds are also home to other smaller museums, including The Jewellery Box, The Decorative Arts Gallery, The Danish Posters Museum, and The Toy Museum and The Aarhus Stories with 700 square meters of underground exhibition space dedicated to portraying the birth, development, and potential future of Aarhus. Go on a virtual time travel through The Old Town Walk through the old, narrow cobbled streets and alleys, and admire the intriguing architecture of the past. Visit the hardworking tailor, stop off at The Toy Museum and see what children once did play with or visit the charming grocery store Rahbek's Minimarket. Whether you cannot wait to visit The Old Town or just want to refresh the memories, you can take a virtual time travel on your computer screen, clicking past 23 selected houses at the museum to have a foretaste of the experiences that await you or to relive the special atmosphere. You can start the journey here. FREE ADMISSION FOR EVERYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18”
195 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Nice park, especially during the summer. There's a domed indoor botanical garden as well with free entrance. ”
126 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Tivoli Friheden It is all about entertainment The cosy garden offers plenty of experiences with beauty, entertainment, concerts, theatre and much more. With its wide range of opportunities and entertainment, Tivoli Friheden is the ideal choice for all kinds of excursions. Tivoli Friheden is a theme park in the center of Aarhus located within walking distance from the city centre in the beautiful Marselisborg Forest. In Tivoli Friheden you will find four roller coasters, 40 rides, stalls, games and playgrounds. ‘Hjertekig’ free fall tower In 2019, Tivoli Friheden presents their new amusement ‘Hjertekig’, a 65-metre free fall tower and the highest in Denmark. The highly distinctive tower has changed the Aarhus skyline noticeably. There are two ways that you can take the ‘jump’. The daring can take the free fall from the top and reach 5G acceleration. Or you can sit and enjoy the views while descending slowly and steadily, going round the tower all the way up and down. The stinging Cobra Have you got nerves of steel? Do you dare go 70 kilometres per hour head down? Can your body stand the same G effect that a fighter pilot endures? If you can say yes to all three of these, then you are ready to board the Cobra and try the most awesome roller-coaster in Tivoli Friheden. This adrenaline-rushing orange monster is the ultimate test of whether you can stand the strain when the speed gets really serious. The Sky Tower If you are one of those who can't wait until the next adrenaline kick, then the Sky Tower at the Tivoli Friheden amusement park is exactly what you have been waiting for. This is certainly not for the faint-hearted. This is only for those with nerves of steel who are literally not afraid to leap into wild adventures. Standing 40 meters above the ground, overlooking all of Aarhus, it is only the toughest of the tough who dare take the leap. Before you awaits the maddest free fall, where you reach a speed of up to 90 kilometres per hour before landing in the net. Only one question remains: Do you dare? For the youngest one Bille By is an entire town for families with young children. Here you can take you very own driving license if you are between 5 and 8 years old and drive around in small electric cars. You can also take a breathtaking ride with "Bisværmen" which turns and twirls or try the ever-jumping Grasshopper. It is a blasts for the youngest ones! Haunted House and Cinemagic in 5D Get ready for some action-filled experiences in Tivoli Friheden! In the Haunted House and the Cinemagic you can get scared with the coolest movie-game adventures in 5 dimensions. If you get the highest score of the year, you get your very own tile at the parks "Walk Of Fame". Dining in Tivoli Friheden There are restaurants to suit every taste and if you wish to bring your own picnic basket, there are BBQs and dining areas for this. Free entrance with an AarhusCARD You get free entrance with an AarhusCARD but be aware that it doesn't include the unlimited ride wristband.”
83 locals recommend
Street Food Gathering
“Aarhus streetfood is a must try when you visit Aarhus! Amazing food, drinks and a really nice atmosphere :-)”
95 locals recommend
“Bruuns Galleri Bruun's Galleri is Denmark’s largest city-shopping centre with 10 million visitors every year. There are 100 shops offering everything from groceries, fashion and interiors to cafés and restaurants, including a Cinemaxx theatre.”
86 locals recommend
Art Museum
“ARoS Aarhus Art Museum Enjoy a Michelin experience in Aarhus at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. ARoS is the main art museum in Aarhus and one of the largest museums in Northern Europe. On the roof of ARoS you can also visit Your rainbow panorama. Current exhibitions ARoS offers a large amount of exhibitions and activities all year round, and you can follow them here or you can check out related contents below. Art from top to bottom In the downstairs area you can enjoy the major special exhibitions, with the 'nine spaces' presenting international art installations. On the upper floors house the museum's own collections of art from the 19th century up to the present day. ARoS Aarhus Art Museum is part of Cultural Paths in Denmark in the route "Local Ways to Global Art". In Your rainbow panorama you can move around in a 150 meter long, circular panoramic path with 360º views of the surrounding city. ARoS has two Michelin-stars in the Michelin attraction's guide. The restaurant The restaurant ARoS WINE & FOOD HALL is located at the top of ARoS, and from the roof there is a spectacular view of the city and the bay. At the museum street level you will find the a café and a shop where admission is free. CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS: FREE ADMISSION ”
57 locals recommend
“The Latin Quarter The Latin Quarter is the oldest and one of the most charming quarters in Aarhus. It grew up between the late 14th century after the city had been given permission to demolish the old Viking fortifications. The streets have historical names such as Klostergade (Convent St), Volden (The Rampart) and Borggade (Castle St) – and in the centre of the quarter lies the Pustervig Torv square as a small and cosy oasis, perfect for a break. Unique café and shopping atmosphere In the Latin Quarter you find a vibrant atmosphere. The cafés are filled with people, the streets are narrow and cobblestoned, all providing the perfect setting for the small, chic shops selling one-off items in the area. When it is time to rest your feet and to get a cup of coffee, the Latin Quarter has a range of cosy cafés. Round of the day by dining in one of the city's many exciting restaurants.”
94 locals recommend
“Best beach to visit in Aarhus, when the sun is out. Also has a nude area if that should have any interest. ”
52 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“The Concert Hall Aarhus The Concert Hall (Musikhuset Aarhus) is the largest Concert Hall in Scandinavia and is home to the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Opera, the children's theatre "Filuren" and the Concert Hall Aarhus. Wide array of artists and activities The Concert Hall hosts a wide variety of artistic activities. The auditoria are the scene of great Danish and foreign concerts, operas and dance performances. Unique architecture The first thing that meets the eye as one drives past or comes in to park is the 2,000 m2 glass foyer, whose palm trees, old olive trees and many works of art create an atmosphere all their own. Box office and restaurant The foyer contains the box office, the restaurant "johan r", a gallery, and a series of stages where there are free performances every weekend. Tickets For tickets please call +45 89404040 or book online. You can see the program and the free events at The Concert Hall Aarhus' homepage. ”
39 locals recommend
“Natural reserve where you can take a walk and experience Bambis and other animals up close, as the walk freely around the park. Also close to the beach and the Queens Residence (Marselisborg Castle)”
61 locals recommend
“At Dokk1 you will have the chance for experience and activity as well as for tranquillity and contemplation. In the building you will find media, a café, project rooms, halls, study cells, playground and much more. Children and families are one of Dokk1's most important focus areas, and Dokk1 gives families with children the opportunity to explore together and explore the many opportunities that the house offers. All the children's areas in Dokk1 are for children from 0-12 years, families, day care and schools. Everyone is invited to explore the various media, play games, learn, play, dress up, etc.”
67 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“This street along the river is full of nice Café shops where you can get a nice drink or meal. On sunny days this is a nice area.”
59 locals recommend
Department Store
“Magasin Magasin is an exclusive department store in the heart of Aarhus where you will find everything under one roof. All floors abound with trend-setting fashion brands for women, men, and children, and you can go exploring for exclusive beauty products as well as the latest in interior designs. The best brands in town At Magasin you can find a large selection of exclusive brands from all over the world from Acne and By Malene Birger to Kenzo and Stine Goya. In the interior designs department you will find a large selection of both classic and modern Scandinavian designs. If you are looking for beauty products, there is a wide range of gorgeous international brands on the ground floor. Your personal shopper At Magasin the customer is always the centre of attention, and there is always somebody to assist you. So just ask! You can book your own personal shopper at Magasin in order to get a specialist helping you choose the perfect fit for you, your individual style, and, of course, your budget. They can assist you when shopping for gifts, beauty articles, women’s clothing, men's clothing, and lingerie. You can book a personal shopper free of charge. And it's easy to book an appointment here The latest trends to style your home Magasin is always ahead when it comes to the latest trends and designs for your home. You can go exploring a wealth of classic, cool, and unique brands. You can find timeless Danish designs from Kähler, Rosendahl and Royal Copenhagen, VIPP and Georg Jensen, as well as products from more recent brands such as Gejst, Broste, Hey There Hi, and Lind DNA. And you can find a great selection of the current best-selling books and new electronics, which is also perfect if you are shopping for gifts for your loved one(s). Scrumptious delicacies If you are shopping for a delicious treat for yourself or for a gift, there is a huge selection of exclusive delicacies for you to choose from – from coffee, tea, and chocolate to wine and liquorice. If you feel like a bite to eat or a sweet treat, you can find the good stuff, both sweet and healthy foods, at Joe & The Juice, Lagkagehuset, or Greenilicious. Discount with an AarhusCARD Don't forget that you get 10 per cent off purchases (excluding reduced-price items) at Magasin with an AarhusCARD. You can read more about the large number of benefits on”
29 locals recommend
“The Memorial Park is just below the castle grounds of Marselisborg Palace, facing out over the Bay and is one of many beautiful parks in Aarhus. In the Marselisborg Memorial Park there are numerous fascinating and intimate areas for you to explore. If you happen to be in Aarhus during May and June, make sure not to miss the beautifully flowering cherry trees in the Memorial Park's cherry grove. A memorial wall in the Marselisborg Memorial Park bears the names of the 4,144 South Jutland Danes who lost their lives on compulsory service in the Kaiser's forces during the Great War.”
45 locals recommend
“The best coffee and croissant in Aarhus. World class! Worth the extra money :)”
54 locals recommend