Heart of the city

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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.

In Aarhus, life is a bit slower even though you can still find world class experiences and culture.

The small streets at the heart of the city intertwines and reveals Aarhus’ age. The old Latin Quarter, Latinerkvarteret, surrounds Store Torv and Bispetorv where you will find Aarhus Cathedral, which was built between 1190 and 1300. The tower with its 96 meters is one of the tallest in Denmark and the church, which is the main church in Aarhus Parish, is absolutely worth a visit.

Aarhus Domkirke

Aarhus Domkirke

Photo: Thomas Nørremark

The cathedral is at the end of Strøget, a pedestrian area with small independent boutiques and shops as well as international chains where you can find everything from clothes and shoes to homeware and leisure. The department store Salling on Søndergade houses Salling ROOFTOP.

Enjoy the view of the city with a drink, a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. If you dare, you can step out onto the glass platform where you can look straight down on the shoppers far below.

From the platform you can see Aarhus Townhall which is only a stone’s throw away. The townhall was made by the world-famous architects Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller, while the interior and furniture were made by the furniture architect Hans J. Wegner. The townhall is open for visitors and you can go on a tour of the building with AarhusGuiderne.

And not far from the centre of Aarhus is Aarhus Ø - a brand new district that has sprung up in the city in recent years. Here you can experience modern Aarhus with architectural high-rise buildings, including the iconic Isbjerget and Lighthouse, Denmark's tallest building.

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