Located on Denmark’s Jutland peninsula, Aarhus has been both affectionately and officially known as the country’s second city for many years. It is however now finally on its way to becoming equal on a cultural level with its older capital sibling Copenhagen. With the capital regularly winning in the cool, design, gastronomic, arts and cultural stakes, visitors to Denmark often miss out its smaller cities of which many are real gems, and Aarhus is certainly one of them. Recently crowned as European Capital of Culture 2017, along with Paphos in Cyprus, in a bid to shine the light on its notable selection of highly regarded museums, galleries, restaurants, food markets and open spaces, the tourist landscape of Aarhus is changing. Supported by the Central Denmark Region and all municipalities, Aarhus 2017 will create awareness towards its important contribution to Denmark’s national cultural offering and improve its visibility in Denmark and in Europe. Long weekend-friendly, bursting with quirky shops, boutique design studios and numerous warmly lit and welcoming bars and cafés, this easy to reach destination is firmly on our bucket list.
City Hotel Oasia | Kriegersvej 2, 8000 Aarhus
Located in one of Aarhus city’s old historic buildings which formerly housed a small hotel called “Eriksen’s Hotel”, today Hotel Oasia Aarhus is Aarhus’ newest Boutique and Design hotel. Equipped with its own Michelin starred restaurant Substans, the property is located in the city centre and a short distance from the central station.
Gastromé | Rosensgade 28, 8000 Aarhus C
Founded by local chefs Søren Jakobsen and William Jørgensen, Gastromé brings together a passion for seasonality and carefully matched wines. Big on organic and bio-dynamic varieties, the kitchen uses locally grown ingredients including herbs from the Vilhelmsborg forest. With its new Michelin star status Aarhus is certainly creating good competition for its capital sibling.
Frederikshøj | Oddervej 19, 8000 Aarhus C
Housed in the former staff lodge of the Royal Palace, Frederikshøj was recently crowned with a Michelin star. Offering slick and modern Danish service, including iPad menus and floor to ceiling windows, the kitchen serves a creative selection of seasonally inspired New Nordic dishes.
ARoS Museum | Aros Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus
Famed for its rainbow coloured panoramic circular skywalk which takes you on an imaginative cloud touching tour of the city, ARoS has been part of the city’s fabric since 1859 and is the oldest public art gallery in Denmark outside of Copenhagen. Today it houses an eclectic mix of old and new exhibitions and welcomes a number of important international artists including Grayson Perry who exhibited there last year.
Seaside | Den Permanente Beach, Salonvejen 18240 Risskov | Moesgård Beach, Strandskovvej 2, 8270 Højbjerg
When the days are long in Scandinavia during the summer months its citizens head for the beaches to enjoy the landscape and soak up the natural light before the dark days draw in. Denmark’s size means that you are never too far from its pretty coastline. From Aarhus there are a number of nearby options including Moesgård Beach which is located on the edge of Marselisborg Forest and about five miles south of the centre. Den Permanente beach is popular amongst Aarhus’ young which is only a short ten minute cycle ride from the city centre. In typical Danish style most beaches come equipped with lifeguards, refreshment areas and good facilities.
The Old Town | Viborgvej 2, 8000 Aarhus C
Giving visitors the opportunity to visit the bygone days of Denmark and Aarhus, Den Gamle By (Old Town) is the country’s national open air museum of urban history and culture.
Botanical Gardens | Botanisk Have Aarhus, Midtbyen, 8000 Aarhus C
Aarhus’ Botanical Gardens originally opened in 1873 as an experimental space for growing fruit trees and other plants. It has since become a hub for visitors and residents of the city to enjoy its green calming space outside of the city centre which houses a number of different plant species which can be found in Denmark. There is also a special section containing the best known medicinal plants.
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October 20th 2016