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About Aarhus

Meet Aarhus

Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark, and over the past years, it has become a popular venue for international scientific conferences. According to the ICCA global ranking, Aarhus is now among the top 75 destinations for international meetings worldwide.

Located on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula, Aarhus has a population of c. 340,000. Aarhus is a university town, with the youngest urban population in Denmark, but it is also one of the country’s oldest cities, as it was founded in the Viking age. This mix of youthful energy and rich history is what makes Aarhus special.

The City of Smiles

There is plenty to see and to do in downtown Aarhus, all within walking distance. One of the most popular areas is Vadestedet, where cafés, restaurants and fashionable shops line the Aarhus River.

Another must-see area is the Latin Quarter, a historic downtown area replete with quirky shops, innovative restaurants and slanted cobblestone streets. This is the place to go for the alternative food, fashion and Danish design that you won’t find on the high street.

In the last few years, Aarhus has gained a whole new neighbourhood: Aarhus Dockland, an exciting and rapidly expanding district that has jutted up along the old harbour.

Blue and green spaces

Aarhus is surrounded by sea and by forests. All around the city, you will find ancient woodland with wildlife preserves, and beaches and canals in every direction. In the heart of the city, there are green oases everywhere - perfect spots for some quiet relaxation. The greenhouses in the Botanical Garden, Marselisborg Memorial Park and the University Park are just some of the parks in the city that deserve a visit.

Visitors with an active lifestyle will find plenty of running routes, bike paths, outdoor and indoor gyms and places to swim. In the summer, there’s nothing better than a refreshing dip in the clean waters of the Aarhus bay: waterfronts like the Harbor Bath, Ballehage Beach, Den Permanente and the swimming lanes north of Aarhus Ø are all easily accessible.

A Michelin city

Aarhus is a paradise for foodies. With four Michelin restaurants, Aarhus is a world-class gastronomic destination. But did you know that the Michelin Guide doesn’t only rate restaurants – it also awards its trademark stars to exceptional attractions, museums, churches and resorts? Aarhus has an impressive number of stars in this category as well: The Old Town, Denmark’s highest-rated open-air historical museum, has three stars, while the ARoS Modern Art Museum and the Moesgaard Museum of history and ethnography each have two.

Read more about Aarhus’ must-see attractions

ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
The Old Town - A Danish Open Air Museum
MOMU - Moesgaard Museum

More things to see and do in Aarhus