Holidays to Aarhus
At the heart of Denmark is the thriving city of Aarhus. This progressive city is moving forward while keeping in touch with its own history. Music has always been a defining part of Aarhus’ identity and this legacy remains in the vibrant concerts and festivals that are held throughout the city. The historic streets hold ancient churches, diverse museums and bustling cafes.
Music and festivals
The largest event in the cultural calendar is the Aarhus Festuge. This multicultural festival is the largest in Scandinavia, and it transforms the city in late August and early September. There are also popular music festivals throughout the summer, including the International Jazz Festival and the NorthSide Festival. Aarhus holidays are not complete without a concert at one of the many music venues, from jazz sessions in cosy pubs to grand orchestral performances at the Concert Hall.
Whatever interests you about Aarhus, there is a museum dedicated to telling you more. Many of these are award-winning and some are free to enter. Children will enjoy the Old Town Museum, which lets you experience life as it was in a Danish market town in the past. The ARoS art museum has vast and wide-ranging collections, and the roof features a rainbow panorama from where you get 360-degree views of the city. One of the only museums dedicated to women’s history, the Women’s Museum is situated in the old city hall. Aarhus was occupied by the Nazis during the Second World War and the Occupation Museum, contained in the former Gestapo headquarters, is a chilling reminder.
The pleasant streets of Aarhus are ideal for exploring and discovering at your own pace. Quaint buildings nestle among architectural masterpieces such as the 12th-century Domkirke, one of the largest churches in Europe. You can admire the original frescoes and stained glass windows before climbing the bell tower for views over the ancient streets. Take coffee in one of the cafes in the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter for a true taste of life in Aarhus.
Eating and drinking
The smørrebrød is in vogue in Aarhus and there are countless cafes and restaurants serving this traditional open sandwich. At Kähler Spisesalon you can taste the passion for food, and you are also surrounded by Kähler’s beautiful ceramics. If you are keen to try fine dining during your holiday in Aarhus, there is also a creative gastronomy scene.
Where to stay
During your stay in Aarhus, you can base yourself in the vibrant city centre or relax near the forest or the beach. There are accommodation options for every budget, including hotels, apartments and hostels. The CABINN Hotel boasts a canal-side location and is minutes away from the best cultural attractions, while the City Sleep-In Hostel offers simple city living for a fraction of the price.