The town of Silkeborg lets you discover its wooded lakes aboard the world’s oldest operative paddle steamer. Surrounded by rolling downs, the town also has a freshwater park and aquarium with local wildlife. Silkeborg can be reached directly from Aarhus by rail in about 45 minutes.
Mols Bjerge National Park and Ebeltoft
The historic town of Ebeltoft with its winding cobbled streets is located by the rolling coastal downs of Mols Bjerge National Park by the bay just north of Aarhus. Among the attractions in Ebeltoft are the world’s longest vintage wooden tall-ship and a glass art museum. The national park is best experienced by car.
The historic shire of Djursland is located right next to Aarhus Airport and offers one of Denmark’s largest concentrations of family attractions, including two safari parks, a tropical biosphere, an aquarium and an amusement park. Here you also find sandy beaches stretching from the town of Grenå to the Mols Bjerge National Park. Staying in Djursland can easily be combined with visits to Aarhus.
Samsø is a CO2 neutral “eco-island” that generates more electricity than the island consumes. Samsø is also known for its organic farming and cottage living. Staying on Samsø at one of the island hotels and B&Bs lets you discover this unique island by bicycle. This island escape can be reached by ferry (Danish website) directly from central Aarhus in 50 min.
LEGOLAND® in Billund is the world’s first theme park dedicated to the LEGO® brick – and still Europe’s largest. Located 2km from Billund Airport. LEGOLAND® is a major European family attraction and part of the LEGOLAND® Billund Resort (see below). Note! Limited opening days outside summer peak season.
LEGOLAND® Billund Resort
The town of Billund features a wide range of family attractions including a safari park and an Aquadome waterpark. In the second half of 2017, the new LEGO® House museum will open in the heart of town. The museum will be the world’s first such LEGO® museum. The LEGOLAND® Billund Resort website is a booking resource that offers B2B discounts on accommodation in Billund and family attractions across the region, stretching from coast to coast.
The Jelling Monuments
The Jelling Monuments are a UNESCO World Heritage site and include two Viking rune stones marking the birth of the nation. A new hands-on experience centre in the town of Jelling highlights the age of Vikings.
Originally designed to represent the egalitarian “Protestant urban ideal,” Christiansfeld has changed precious little over the past 250 years. Today, the town, known for its delicious honey cakes, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Denmark’s oldest town, Ribe is a charming destination with cobbled medieval streets, a cathedral and a meandering river. The town is located by the west coast in the Wadden Sea National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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