City guide: Aarhus



A new Scandinavian city destination, Aarhus is European Capital of Culture 2017. Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus is a historic university town of human scale, which in recent years has rapidly evolved with new waterfront developments, leading new museums and a thriving Nordic-inspired culinary scene.  

A city break in Aarhus can easily be combined with visits to nearby family attractions, including Europe’s largest LEGOLAND®, and green stays on an eco-island, in national parks and by sandy beaches.

Themes in this city guide:

Major events in 2017
Inspirational two-day itinerary
Six Great experiences 
Aarhus and Central Jutland (new page)
Aarhus Food Scene

Aarhus 2017

European Capital of Culture 2017

In 2017, Aarhus is European Capital of Culture 2017. A wide program of events and initiatives will mark the event, which also sees the opening of a new museum dedicated to the history of Aarhus, located inside the Den Gamle By Open-Air Museum.

Your Rainbow Panorama

The Garden – End of Times, Beginning of Times

The ARoS Museum of Modern Art launches the first edition of a new art triennial to be hosted at the museum, in the city centre and in the surrounding woodlands of Aarhus, an area stretching across 4km.  Read more about the project here. Open from 3 June – 3 July 2017.

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Inspirational reading

For further inspiration, read the travel articles on Aarhus by leading magazines and guides.

Travel + Leisure

Lonely Planet

The Guardian

More articles about Aarhus 

Getting to and from

Nearest airports

- Aarhus Airport. An international airport 43km north of the city and offers an airport shuttle bus service (925X) taking approx. 53 min.

- Billund Airport. Denmarks second largest airport is found 96km south-west of the city and offers a direct airport shuttle bus service, 912X (85 min).

National travel planner: Tickets for bus and trains can be purchased online using rejseplanen.dk or using their app.

Ferries: Aarhus is connected to Zealand via the Mols-Linien ferry service. Samsø is connected to Aarhus directly via ferry (Danish website). A service is also available from Hou south of the city. Find ferry routes at www.faerge.dk 

Coach operators: Abildskov and Eurolines offer regular coach service between Copenhagen and Aarhus. The travel time is around 4 hours. 

Reaching Aarhus from Copenhagen: The city of Aarhus can be reached from Copenhagen by a direct rail connection (around 3 hours).

Domestic flights from Copenhagen Airport to Aarhus Airport take about 45 min. 

Nordic seaplanes (Danish website) is a direct 45 min seaplane connection from Copenhagen Harbour to Aarhus Harbour (city centre to city centre) with 5 departures a day. Departs from Nordre Toldbod 29 in Copenhagen and Østhavnvej 37 in Aarhus.

Other tourism websites:


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