Welcome to the world’s smallest metropolis
Aarhus is the best of Denmark in one place. Denmark’s second largest city is an unmissable destination with its forests, beaches and world class architecture and art. Shop at small independent shops, explore the old city’s history and art or spend a day in the beautiful Danish nature in the middle of the city.
Heart of the city
You’re never far from anything in Aarhus yet you can feel the international mindset and outlook of the city. Even though the city is an international metropolis you’ll still be met by the people of Aarhus’ hospitality which has inspired Aarhus’ nickname: City of Smiles.
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Aarhus of yore
Aarhus is an old Viking city, and you can still see that in the streets today. Aros, as Aarhus was called then, was founded around the year 750 around the area of Aarhus Cathedral. The location was perfect in the middle of Aarhusbugten, which was the perfect spot for trade.
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Art and architecture
Both inside and outside in Aarhus you’re met with great art and architecture. Besides Aarhus Townhall you can experience classic Danish architecture at for example Aarhus University which is characterized by the yellow brick buildings where several of the beautiful facades are covered with ivy.
The university is one of the twelve most meaningful architectural works in Danish history according to the Danish Ministry of Culture.
Around the city you are met by examples of murals and street art, for example in the Latin Quarter and in the area around Godsbanen. You can also find several small independent galleries and the exhibition gallery Kunsthal Aarhus where you can experience national and international contemporary art.
The art museum ARoS is worth a visit both whether you’re interested in architecture and art or not. Art greets you from the very moment you set your eyes on the reddish-brown building with the rainbow roof. The piece at the very top is by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and is titled ‘Your rainbow panorama’.
Inside, you can take the lift to the top floor and see Aarhus in 360 degrees in all the colours of the rainbow. Experience art in the museum’s temporary exhibitions and see some of the museum’s large collection in the permanent exhibitions.
Nature in the City
Northeast of the city centre you find beautiful Riis Skov, a forest that’ll quickly make you forget that you’re in the middle of the city. Here, there’s a view over Aarhus Bugt and easy access to Den Permanente, a small beach area with a view of the city.
South of the centre of Aarhus you’ll find Marselisborg Memorial park where, in Spring, you can see the cherry blossoms or enjoy the beautiful autumnal colours at the end of the year. In the summer, you can go for a walk on the bathing pier and artwork Den Uendelig Bro – The Infinite Bridge.
Aarhus by locals
Take a detour - dive into the best tips from the people of Aarhus!
It's fun, exciting, and different, and you might even have some extraordinary experiences. Get inspired by the locals - the Aarhus residents - and receive their recommendations for both small and big city experiences and hidden gems.