European Capital of Culture 2017

Aarhus - a Modern City

A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat of the pulse. In Aarhus, when we say walking distance, we really do mean walking distance. 

The art museum, ARoS, delivers groundbreaking works from some of the world’s most progressive artists. Den Gamle By – The Old Town Museum is a unique international attraction and Moesgaard Museum will give visitors a world class museum experience.

Also Aarhus has been selected shopping city number one in Scandinavia and in 2016 Lonely Planet puts Aarhus at the top of the list of Europe’s hottest destinations.

Rethink 2017

Aarhus is the European Capital of Culture in 2017 and will host a lot of unique cultural events in 2017.


The 2017 Capital of Culture is a collaboration between all 19 municipalities in Central Denmark Region in order to attract activities and events that will strengthen the entire region.

Aarhus is European Capital of Culture 2017

Aarhus - European Capital of Culture 2017

Aarhus is the European Capital of Culture in 2017. Aarhus's project, which has the theme RETHINK, is supported politically and economically by Central Region Denmark and the 19 municipalities of the region.

Top attraktions in Aarhus

Top attractions in Aarhus

Aarhus has several attractions that are renowned internationally. Den Gamle By – The Old Town Museum which holds 3 stars in The Michelin Guide, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum with Your rainbow panorama on top ... and a lot more.

Aarhus is among the best places to travel in 2016

Aarhus is among the best places to travel in 2016

The Travel + Leisure shows here the 50 biggest, buzziest destinations to visit 2016 - Aarhus is number 17!

The characteristics of Aarhus

Aarhus is a dynamic city on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. From here, beach, harbour and forest are all within reach of a 15-minute bike ride. 315.000 people live in Aarhus and 1,2 million people live in the greater Aarhus Area.
 
Think of Aarhus as a major city crammed into a mega village. Being a university city, Aarhus is the youngest in Denmark measured by average age, but historically one of the oldest. Thus, the atmosphere is a vibrant mix of youthful energy and blasts from the past.
Knowledge and education

Knowledge and education

Each year, the higher educational institutions in Aarhus attract more and more young people to the city. Aarhus has the highest concentration of students in Denmark and a lively study environment as many of the educational institutions are located in central Aarhus.

Best business environment in the world

Aarhus is known as the Capital of Wind Energy – and with good reason: Nowhere else in the world will you find a similar concentration of companies covering the entire value chain within wind turbine design, development and production.

 Greater Aarhus has one of Europe’s highest concentrations of specialist businesses within food manufacturing, from farmers and food manufacturers to global cooperatives and gastronomy.

 And - The Port of Aarhus is Denmark’s international port. In recent years the port has strengthened its position as Denmark’s largest container port. The size of the port also allows big cruise ships to visit Aarhus.

Floating windmills. Sustainability is one of Aarhus's core areas

Energy, climate and environment

Business Region Aarhus is the home of a range of market leading companies within the cleantech area. The area covers environment friendly production by the use of sustainable energy. 

Aarhus - A knowledge powerhouse for foods

A knowledge powerhouse for foods

The Central Denmark Region accounts for 60% of Denmark’s food exports. Furthermore, Aarhus is recognised internationally for its expertise within food development and production, including agriculture.

One of Northern Europe’s largest hospitals

One of Europe’s top hospitals

The New University Hospital in Aarhus with a site area of approx. 1.25 million sq m and a total building area of 380,000 sq m.

The history of Aarhus

Aarhus is one of the oldest cities in Scandinavia, but today one of the youngest due to the averange age of the inhabitants.

Today Aarhus is known as an innovative city that is characterised as a student city with a rich history which already begun when the Vikings founded the city primarily due to its advantageous location.

The history of the city

The history of Aarhus

Aarhus was founded during the Viking Age, and there are still traces of the people who chose to settle by the mouth of the Aarhus Å river.