Aarhus - Explore Denmark's happiest city!

Head to Aarhus, named by Lonely Planet as one of 10 European destinations you should see. Diverse, modern and fun, Aarhus is one of the happiest cities on Earth. It also happens to be the European Capital of Culture 2017. A visit to Aarhus' art galleries, cosy Latin Quarter or the Old Town will show you just why Aarhus' residents, and visitors, are so happy…

Things to do near Aarhus

Aarhus is a dynamic city on the Jutland peninsula. From here, beach, harbour and forest are all only a 15-minute bike ride away. The area around Aarhus also offers the biggest concentration of attractions in Denmark. Must-see sights, such as the Jelling Rune Stones, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are all in easy reach, as well as fjords and beaches to explore.

Aarhus is Denmark’s youngest city

13% of Aarhus’ population are students, making Aarhus the youngest city in Denmark. Historically though, it’s one of the oldest. 315,000 people live in Aarhus and 1.2 million people live in the greater Aarhus area, so it’s the perfect size for a weekend break or family getaway.

Culture in Aarhus

Being young at heart means that the city can offer you a wide spectrum of cultural experiences, from nightlife, cultural events and shopping to the best restaurants in the region. Aarhus is also home to popular festivals, such as Food Festival, SPOT Festival and NorthSide Music Festival.

ARos and Aarhus' diverse museums

Visit the distinctive art museum, ARoS, to see groundbreaking works from some of the world’s most progressive artists. At Moesgaard Museum, you can witness artefacts from the earliest period of the Viking Age. Den Gamle By - The Old Town Museum is a unique, international attraction which you can walk around with your whole family.

Visit the home of the Danish Royal Family!

You can visit the summer residence of HM The Queen in Aarhus. Marselisborg Palace is a stunning royal landmark built at the start of the 1900s. When The Queen is in residence, the changing of the guards takes place every day at noon. When The Queen is in residence at one of her other Danish castles, you can visit Marselisborg Palace's beautiful rose gardens.

Scandinavian shopping in Aarhus

Frequently named as the number one shopping destination in Scandinavia, Aarhus has the biggest international brands and Scandinavian shops and designers waiting to be discovered. So pack your shopping bags and take a little piece of Denmark home with you.

Further reading

Find Aarhus holiday inspiration at the VisitAarhus website.

Get ideas for other tourist attractions to visit near Aarhus in East Jutland.

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Aarhus - Capital of Culture 2017

Did you know that Aarhus has been named European Capital of Culture 2017? Visit this year for a bumper calendar of events celebrating Aarhus' cultural clout.


How to get to Aarhus

Fly to Aarhus Airport or Billund Airport, or get here by direct train from Copenhagen in around 3 hours. For something a little different, why not take a seaplane from Copenhagen to Aarhus!