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15 Things To Do in and Around Aarhus
Thinking of a short break in Aarhus? We’re here to help you plan a few days in Aarhus, packed with some of Scandinavia’s most unique tourist attractions and Danish events you shouldn’t miss. Aarhus is the perfect city break destination. It’s small and easy to get to know, it’s full of photo-worthy sights, like the Iceberg building and Your Rainbow Panorama at the ARos Art Museum. It’s also a seaside city, close to the beaches, forests and the historical attractions of the East Jutland region. Pack your suitcases and enjoy these things to do in Aarhus on your next visit.



The Latin Quarter
1. Grab a coffee or dinner in the Latin Quarter
The Latin Quarter in Aarhus is not only the oldest part of the city. It’s also a great place to soak up the timeless feel of Aarhus while enjoying all the modern perks of city travel; great restaurants, cafés and shops. Don’t leave Aarhus without exploring the Latin Quarter!



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Den Gamle By – The Old Town
2. Step back in time at the famous Old Town Open Air Museum
Lose yourself in Aarhus of old; wander the cobbled streets and take in the historical buildings, exhibitions, workshop and shops of Aarhus famous Old Town open air museum. You can experience Denmark of Hans Christian Andersen’s time right in Aarhus city centre!



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ARoS
3. Walk in ARoS Art Museum’s rainbow
Your Rainbow Panorama on the rooftop at ARoS Art Museum has become an Aarhus icon. As well as walking through this rainbow with views over Aarhus, you can explore ARos’ world-class art exhibitions and enjoy a unique lunch in their café.



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Moesgaard Museum
4. Head to the stunning Moesgaard Museum
Get up close to an ancient body body, the Grauballe Man, at the stunning Moesgaard Museum, just south of Aarhus city centre. You can also explore Viking history and enjoy lunch in the Moesgaard Museum café, before heading back into Aarhus.



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Tivoli Friheden
5. Plunge 40m in terrifying free fall!
Head just outside Aarhus to the forest of Marselisborg and you’ll hear terrible screams. Hidden in the woods is Tivoli Friheden, a popular amusement park for all ages with, amongst other things, one of the world’s most terrifying free falls, the Sky Tower!

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The Aarhus Festival
6. Enjoy the Aarhus Festival
First held in 1965, the Aarhus Festival is now one of the largest cultural events in Scandinavia. Fly to Aarhus in late Aagust to take part and enjoy a wealth of international and Danish art, exhibitions, dance and music performances throughout Aarhus city centre.



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Marselisborg Palace
7. See The Queen at Marselisborg Palace
Aarhus is home to HM The Queen’s summer residence, the beautiful Marselisborg Palace. When the Royal Family is not in residence, you can enjoy a walk through Marselisborg’s extensive rose gardens. The Changing of the Guard takes place at noon, every day when The Queen is there.

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Food Festival
8. Taste Denmark at Food Festival
As well as tasting the best in Nordic and Danish products and food, at Food Festival in Aarhus you can also try your hand at making it. Head to Aarhus in September to enjoy this unique food experience, including Food Festival’s cookery classes.

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The Botanical Garden
9. Relax at the Botanical Gardens
You can enjoy the relaxing surroundings at Aarhus’ Botanical Gardens not far from the Old Town open air museum. The Botanical Gardens date back to 1873 and include plants from all over the world and a tropical house.

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NorthSide
10. Hear the biggest international music names at NorthSide
NorthSide music festival in the centre of Aarhus has grown over the last few years to become one of the most impressive music festivals in Scandinavia. Get up close to the biggest international names in music and enjoy the unique surroundings of cultural Aarhus.



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Isbjerget
11. Take a picture of The Iceberg
In the short time since it was built, the Iceberg at Aarhus’ harbour front has become one of Aarhus’ most recognisable icons. The Iceberg itself is an apartment building, but stroll around its local area, Aarhus Ø, a new and vibrant part of Aarhus and find the perfect angle to capture this unique building.

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DOKK1
12. Get cultural at Dokk1
The impressive Dokk1 on Aarhus’ waterfront is a cultural and multimedia gathering point and home of exhibitions, events for all and a library. Dokk1 was built by well-known Danish architects Schmidt Hammer og Lassen. It’s easy to get to from the city centre and well worth a visit.

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Aarhus City Hall
13. See the iconic Aarhus City Hall by Arne Jacobsen
Aarhus City Hall is a symbol of iconic functionalist Danish design. it was designed in 1941 by famous Danish architect, Arne Jacobsen. You can join the Aarhus Town Hall guided tour and explore the magnificent interiors and Aarhus City Hall’s hidden rooms.



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Møllestien
14. Get your camera ready: Møllestien
Møllestien is a quaint, cobbled street, right at the centre of Aarhus and surely one of Aarhus’ most photographed places. The houses on Møllestien are mainly from the 18th century, but the street itself dates all the way back to Viking times. Head there for a photo and to soak up the old charm of Aarhus’ past.



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Moesgaard Viking Moot
15. Release your inner Viking at Moesgaard Viking Moot
Moesgaard Viking Moot is a must for any history enthusiast, or for anyone looking for a uniquely Danish historical experience. Moesgaard Viking Moot takes place on the last weekend in July, in beautiful surroundings. You can experience full-on Viking battles, markets and events for all ages to transport you back to Viking times.

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