Welcome to the world’s smallest metropolis! Located right by the sea, Aarhus has a lot to offer, whether you are seeking experiences in beautiful nature or a city break including shopping, great food, culture, historic sites and loads of entertainment. With world-class attractions that rival those of many larger cities, you are guaranteed to find something to enjoy in Denmark’s second largest city. Home to 350,000 people and a large student city. Aarhus might be old at heart, but definitely is young in spirit. Find more information about Aarhus here.
Most restaurants in Aarhus are open from 11.30 until midnight. However, hot meals are not normally served after 22.00. Tips are automatically included in the bills for service, meals, etc. but tipping is definitely appreciated. A list of restaurants for formal dinners in the city is available at the registration desk. If you want a personal recommendation for low cost, social dining and other affordable food options, reach out to the information desks, volunteers and rethinkers. Many interesting new food varieties can also be found on the ‘hyggelige’ premises of Streetfood market near the main station.
*Hygge is a highly popular and original Danish word. ‘Hygge’ or ‘Hyggelig’ describes a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that gives a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture). Candles and kaffe are often needed to get there.
The weather in Denmark varies a lot depending on the seasons. In week 42 it is often cloudy but can be sunny and windy. We are close to the sea and the weather can change al times a day. Make sure to bring a light overcoat or rain jacket when you go out. Average temperatures in October can vary between 5°C and 15°C.
Bank and exchange offices are located in the city centre close to the hotels. The closest one to the central station is Danske Bank ATM at Rådhuspladsen 3, 8000 Aarhus C. The ATM closest to the conference is Danske Bank ATM at Otte Ruds Gade 106, 8200 Aarhus N.
Banks opening hours:
Closed Saturdays and Sundays
The currency of Denmark is the Danish krone. While some shops do accept euros, we recommend that you exchange to the local currency. Most shops also accept all major credit cards. Please note that in Denmark the use of credit cards is the most widespread type of payment. Even if you pay a small amount, it is normal to pay with credit card, and on some occasions, you can only pay with credit card.
The exchange rates are better, and you do not pay a fee, when buying foreign currency at Forex.
Address: Forex, Banegårdspladsen 20, 8000 Aarhus C, (+45) 8680 0340.
Electricity in Denmark is 230V AC. Plugs are European standard with two round pins (Type C mostly works).
(+45 only when calling from outside Denmark)
Police, fire, ambulance (+45) 112
Police (+45) 114
Falck car rescue services (+45) 70 10 20 30
Emergency room at Aarhus Hospital, Skejby (+45) 70 11 31 31. Always remember to call in beforehand, Address: Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 161, Entrance 33, 8200 Aarhus N.
Doctor, outside normal working hours (16-08) - Lægevagten (+45) 70 11 31 31. Always remember to call in beforehand, Address: Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 161, Entrance 33, 8200 Aarhus N.
Dentist, outside normal working hours: Valdemarsgade 1 D, stuen th., 8000 Aarhus C (+45) 40 51 51 62. Opening hours are Friday 18-21 and Saturday/Sunday 10-13.
Pharmacy: Aarhus Løve Apotek, Store Torv 5, 8000 Aarhus C (+45) 86 12 00 22. Opening hours 06-24.
During the conference days 19 October to 22 October a special ticket will be available for purchase for all ECREA participants. The ECREA ticket will allow conference guests to travel unlimited during the day or night within buszones 301-313 (Municipality of Aarhus limits) when travelling with bus as well as Aarhus’ light rail (Letbanen).
The ticket will be available for purchase through Midttrafik’s app a week before the conference for the price of 180 DKK. The special ECREA ticket is only valid in combination with personal identification which proofs participation in ECREA 2022, and the special ticket does not cover transportation to/from the airport.
If you do not want to use the app, tickets can also be bought at vending machines located at light rail stops and the main station. For light rail, tickets need to be purchased for 2 or 3 zones before you board the train. On buses, there are still vending machines operated with coins. Newer buses do not have this option anymore. The easiest way to travel in Aarhus is to get a prepaid travel card without personalisation - Rejsekort from the 7-Eleven kiosk at the main station for 80DKK. You can recharge these cards at vending machines and check in and out for every ride you take. It is possible to take more than one person on one card but they need to be added to the ride upon check-in. The ECREA 2022 discount will not be applied when travelling with Rejsekort.
Download the Midttrafik app here:
For more information about getting around in Aarhus by bus see the section ‘How to Get to the Venue’.
Conference Website: www.ecrea2022.au.dk
VisitAarhus Website: www.visitaarhus.com
AU Find Website: www.international.au.dk/about/contact/aufind
Please note that week 42 is a public holiday in Aarhus, so the opening hours of shops, attractions and offices can vary. Many Danes also go on holiday during this time of the year.
Visit Aarhus will have a cargo bike on campus, where it is possible to get a city map and to get local recommendations about what to see, where to eat and experience in Aarhus. ECREA participants get special discounts on three of Aarhus' most famous attractions:
Find more information about free and paid attractions here.
All participants get a free reusable water bottle to help stay hydrated throughout the conference. Tap water is drinkable in Denmark and you can refill your bottles at water fountains or faucets on campus. Remember to write your name on the tag of your water bottle, so it does not get confused with others. Take the bottle home and keep a nice memory from the ECREA 2022 in Aarhus.
Our volunteers are a mix of local and international students from Aarhus University and from the city volunteers' programme, called Rethinkers. The volunteers are ready to help with any questions, you might have, and give you the best tips on what you can experience in Aarhus. Throughout the conference there is a staffed info desk at each main conference location for your guidance and you can find the volunteers all around campus and in the sessions.