Danish regions: Aalborg and North Jutland
Wide-open sandy beaches and some of Europe's mightiest drifting sand dunes make North Jutland a unique destination of natural beauty. The region offers classic seaside hotels and gourmet seaside restaurants. The city of Aalborg is fast becoming a new Scandinavian city destination with a remodelled waterfront and new inspiring architecture. The city also offers heritage attractions and can easily be combined with visits to Aarhus.
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Attractions to visit in Aalborg
Recommended attractions in North Jutland
Aalborg is fast becoming a new Scandinavian city destination. With a newly remodelled waterfront, the city offers new cultural venues.
Among the popular cultural venues by the harbourfront is the city’s new concert hall, the House of Music, designed by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. In addition to musical events in its multiple auditoriums, the concert hall also has a café and restaurant with sea view. Another striking contemporary building by the waterfront is the Utzon Center, a design centre created by one of Aalborg’s most famous sons, Jørn Utzon, designer of the Sydney Opera House. The design centre hosts changing exhibitions and features a lunch restaurant, called JØRN, serving open-faced sandwiches.
Museums and heritage
Aalborg’s art museum, Kunsten, was created by another master of Scandinavian design, Alvar Aalto. Recently refurbished, the museum features changing exhibitions and a permanent collection. Located just outside Aalborg, Lindholm Høje is a major burial site dating back to the Nordic Iron Age and Viking Age. Here you can wander among the many ship settings and monuments dating back more than 1000 years.
And the city’s family attractions include Aalborg Zoo with more than 1,500 animals. The first zoo in the world to be environmentally certified, the zoo offers modern habitats and animal world experiences for all ages.
Urban life and shopping
A city surveyed as the happiest in Europe, Aalborg hosts and annual carnival in May with street parades and music. Aalborg also offers pedestrianised boutique shopping in the historic heart of town. Among the fine restaurants in the city, Mortens Kro is highly rated by Danish dining guides.