Even though Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark, you will quickly realize that it is a city both compact and easy to get around, on foot or on one of the 450 city bikes available to rent. When your SAS flight arrives into Aarhus Airport, the airport express shuttle bus will be ready and waiting to take you right to the heart of the city centre in only 40 minutes - free with an AarhusCARD!
The central streets of the city are free of cars and the abundance of designated cycle lanes will take you safely around the city. Grab a bike and cycle to the Marselisborg forests, the Deer Park and the local beaches or jump into the world’s largest seawater pool ‘Havnebadet’ – designed by world-renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingells and made entirely of sustainable pine trees from Sweden. In Aarhus you will not be short of ways to be active and enjoy the best of nature in beautiful surroundings.
The attractions of Aarhus are not only fascinating and offer amazing experiences, for the most part they also have sustainability at the core of their natural existence.
Moesgaard Museum is one of the world’s most energy efficient museums; a large number of the rides in the amusement park Tivoli Friheden are run by solar and wind power and at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, the restaurant forages from the museums’ rooftop vegetable garden, has it’s own beehive and pays great attention to seasonal and local products.
Aarhus is known to be a great place to shop and besides the well-known chains, the impressive department stores and the shopping centre at the heart of the city ‘Bruuns Galleri’, you will also find a variety of shops focusing on re-using and recycling second hand goods - shops like TøjStory, Kom:mode, Högenhof and Soulshine all offer quality second hand clothing at great prices.
Sustainability is also at the heart of the hotel experiences in Aarhus and at the city’s restaurants where there is a huge focus on using local and seasonal produce.
Furthermore, you will find well-known chefs and spearheads within food and passionate about the sustainable agenda that have created an innovative food culture in the city exploring new ways of reusing and recycling food waste and leading new food initiatives.
Aarhus is also proud to be home to one of Europe’s most sustainable festivals ‘NorthSide’ within walking distance of the city (of course!) as well as Scandinavia’s largest ‘Food Festival’. During the year you will find a variety of events and festivals filled with innovative and sustainable initiatives and flea markets is spread all over the city all year round. Read more about NorthSide in Scandinavian Traveler here.