Amazing Aarhus

Denmark’s second-largest city doesn’t always top the list of must-see travel destinations, but the compact, easy-on-the-eyes university town is a hidden gem. Here’s why you should visit Aarhus this year.

Aarhus, Denmark
  • Happy people

    Aarhus frequently tops lists of the happiest places to live on the planet. Its cheerful residents are not only thankful for its vibrant cultural scene and exceptional art galleries but also for its high standard of living. There also is a strong sense of equality and community and its compact orientation gives it a friendly small-town feel.
  • Youthful energy

    Although historically it’s one of the oldest cities in Denmark, Aarhus is famous for its vibrant youthful energy. A large student community accounts for 13 percent of the city’s population. Expect to see the city bars and clubs packed with a lively, friendly crowd, especially during the school term.
  • Old Town

    With a beguiling mix of old and new architecture, Aarhus is an attractive city, and its intriguing Old Town deserves a special mention. Located in Aarhus Botanical Gardens, Old Town is home to an outstanding collection of 75 historical buildings collected from 20 townships all over Denmark. Half-timbered buildings, dating from 1550 and the late 19th century, are here, including several shops, a post office, a school and even a theater – giving the illusion of a real "living" town. This area also includes five historical gardens. Opened in 1914, it attracts around 3.5 million visitors per year.
  • Vibrant cultural scene

    Aarhus has been named European Capital of Culture 2017 and is home to an excellent collection of museums, contemporary art galleries, nightlife and a thriving calendar of cultural events. Standout attractions include the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, which houses works from some of the world’s most progressive artists, GalleriV58, which represents more than 35 national and international artists, and Højkant, which is a lively art and design cooperative.

    History buffs will love Moesgaard Museum, which showcases an important collection of artifacts from the Viking period. Music lovers should visit one of the city’s popular festivals -- the SPOT Festival in spring or the NorthSide Festival in summer.

  • Latin Quarter

    The Latin Quarter is one of the oldest and most attractive parts of the city, dating back to the 14th century. A collection of narrow, cobblestone streets make up the area. At the center, you’ll find the small, intimate Pustervig Torv square, which has a vibrant atmosphere with a number of chic shops, cozy cafes and excellent restaurants.
  • Botanical Gardens

    This green oasis just north of Old Town was founded in 1875 and spans an impressive 53 acres. The Botanical Gardens are open to the public year round. It’s a pleasant place for a stroll or picnic. Highlights include two small lakes, a recently renovated tropical dome and hothouses with subtropical plants from all corners of the world.