With approximately 300.000 inhabitants, Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark. It was founded by the Vikings in the 8th century, and is located in a natural bay along a small river and surrounded by forests. Aarhus is often refered to as "the youngest and brightest city in Denmark” because of its large student population – almost 1/5 of the residents are students. The young population and the fact that the city is the unofficial “capital of west Denmark” (and thus strives to match what Copenhagen has to offer) means that Aarhus has a large concentration of attractions, shopping and city life. Since the city center is quite compact, most of the attractions are easy reachable by foot or city bus.
The website VisitAarhus provides lots of information about Aarhus.
What to see and do in Aarhus:
- ARoS Aarhus Art Museum - One of the biggest museums in the northern part of Europe. Enjoy the permanent and temporary exhibitions or take a walk in Your Rainbow Panorama with a scenic view of the city. Address: Aros Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus C. All participants at ALGO 2016 receive a free ticket for ARoS.
- Aarhus Festival - Held from August 26 to September 4. Aarhus Festival serves as a frame for more than 1000 different events and 100 venues. The events vary widely and cover all aspects of art and culture and gathers more than 300.000 visitors each year. The main focus is urban space art and architecture, gastronomy and music events and concerts.
- The Old Town - A Danish Open Air Museum - The Old Town ("Den Gamle By") was founded in 1909 as the world's first open-air museum of urban history and culture. Take a tour in the city as it looked from the 16th century and forward. Address: Viborgvej 2, 8000 Aarhus C.
- MOMU - Moesgaard Museum - A dedicated museum for archaeology and ethnography situated just out of Aarhus in beautiful surroundings. The museum was modernized and re-opened in new buildings in 2014. Address: Moesgaard Allé 15, 8270 Højbjerg.
- Legoland - Amusement park with focus on LEGO. Legoland is the largest tourist attraction in Denmark outside of Copenhagen. The park is not located in Aarhus, but next to Billund Airport, so if you fly into this airport we definitely recommend you paying Legoland a visit. Address: Nordmarksvej 9, 7190 Billund.
- Tropical Houses at the Botanical Garden - The Greenhouses will give you an educational and sensuous experience strolling through the beautiful and varied sceneries, and you will find plants from most parts of the world. There is a free admission to the Greenhouses and the café serves great food at fair prices. Address: Møllevejen 10, 8000 Aarhus C.
- Harbors, forests and beaches - If the weather behaves (which we hope it will), Aarhus also has a lot of outdoor attractions/activities. They obviously include strolling the harbors, forests and beaches on both the north and south side of the city. On the south side of the city close to the Queens summer residence Marselisborg (with change of the guards at noon when the queen is in residence – which she usually is in the summer) you will find Marselisborg Habor featuring a few restaurants and the Marselisborg forest extending along the ocean and beaches. Marselisborg forest also contains a nice small deer park. Close by you find the “Friheden” amusement park.
- Cafés along the river or in the Latin Quarter - Most of these cafés turn into regular bars towards midnight and there are several clubs downtown.