A view of the city from the top of the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum

A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip up north to visit a friend in Aarhus.  Located on the east coast of Jutland,  Aarhus is the second biggest city in Denmark and is full to the brim with attractions – beaches, deer parks, bike trails, museums and art galleries, just to name a few.  Since my last visit, the place has grown, with new cafes opening up, updated museums and a brand new library.  In fact, next year it will be named the Cultural Capital of Europe!  Fill up your purse with Danish Kroner, pack your scarf, beanie and mittens and be prepared for a cold, but invigorating, Scandinavian holiday.

1.Take a rainbow walk at the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum

The AroS Aarhus Art Museum houses new and interesting exhibitions all the time.  But, by far my, favourite thing about this creative space is the Rainbow Panorama, designed by Danish/Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, which has been enjoyed by tourists since 2011.  Climb to the rooftop to experience the colourful 360 degree views of Aarhus in whichever hue you choose!

Walking through the Rainbow Panorama
ARoS Aarhus Art Gallery

2. Explore pre-history at the Moesgaard Museum

This brand new museum is built into the hill and houses an extensive exhibitions, ranging from the Stone Age and Iron Age through to Viking times and beyond.  With interactive displays, high-quality technology and fascinating artefacts, such as the remains of the Grauballe Man (a bog body that has been dated back to 3rd century BC), this is a must-see attraction.  At the very top, you can enjoy beautiful views over the ocean and surrounding countryside.

Moesgaard Museum, Denmark

3. Walk around the Viking Burial Mounds

A short walk from the Moesgaard Museum and you will find yourself in fields of sheep, complete with Viking burial mounds!  That’s right – these burial mounds pop up casually all around the country side – a real novelty for people, who usually reside outside of Europe.  How amazing it is to be so close to history from such a long time ago!

A viking burial mound

4. Meet Bambi in the Marselisborg Deer Park

Stroll around the green lawns of the Danish forest, where you can feed and pat the deers.  You might even be lucky enough to see some fawns, if you come at the right time of year.  Bring carrots if you want to get up close and personal with these furry creatures.  Entrance is free and the location is beautiful.

Marselisborg Deer Park

5. Step back in time at Den Gamle By

This open air museum gives you a taste of what life was like in the 1800s, 1920s and 1970s, in Aarhus.  Take a horse and cart down the cobbled laneways, explore the half-timbered houses and buy a snack from the bakery or sweet shop.  This place is huge – allow at least half a day to really feel like you are living in another era.

Den Gamle By – taking a step back in time
Walking through the old streets of Den Gamle By

6. Visit the Scandinavian Wildlife Park

Located about half an hour from Aarhus, this wildlife park is worth the drive.  With large grounds, you can spend hours admiring the beautiful Scandinavian animals.  Watch the eagles, brown bears, wolves and polar bears at feeding time.  Alternatively, check out the reindeers, arctic foxes and wild boars.  You can learn more about ways, in which you can help protect their natural habitats by reading the information signs and attending the feeding times.  The park is closed over Winter, but re-opens when the bears come out of hibernation!

Checking out deer at the Scandinavian Wildlife Park
Feeding the Brown Bears at the Scandinavian Wildlife Park

7. Feast on international Street Food

From Thai curries, Mexican burritos, French crêpes and Danish fish and chips, this big warehouse is filled with food trucks, communal seating and plenty of beer.  It is a great meeting place, with large wooden tables and a buzzing vibe.

Street Food, Aarhus

8. Take a stroll along Moesgaard Beach

Pack a picnic, a towel and some swimmers and spend a day at Moesgaard Beach.  If you’re brave, jump in the water!  On a sunny day, you can easily laze on the beach or take a walk along one of the many forested tracks – the colourful leaves are magical at this time of year and best appreciated by foot.

Moesgaard Beach
Walking through the forest, near Moesgard Beach

9. Borrow a bike and explore the city

Bicycles are, by far, the most popular way to get around Aarhus.  There are bicycle lanes all over the city and through the parks, so it is easy and very safe.  Just remember to rug up – especially don’t forget gloves or your fingers might freeze to the handle bars along the way.

Biking through the Autumn colours


The backstreets of Aarhus
The main town, Aarhus

Have you been to Aarhus?  What are some of your favourite things to do here?

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15 thoughts

  1. Yes! Aarhus is great; I was there four years ago, and I think it’s a very underrated city that people overlook when in Denmark. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks 🙂 I agree – it is an awesome city but people seem to skip it for Copenhagen (understandable as it is also a great city). Glad you enjoyed Aarhus too. I’m sure it will attract a lot more visitors in 2017 when it is the cultural capital of Europe! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  2. It’s so great that you are getting to visit all these interesting places and fantastic being able to follow your adventures through your wonderful informative blog! Even though we may never get to visit Scandinavia, you write so well that we feel like we are there with you! Happy travels! xxx

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  3. It’s so cool that you got to see the Grauballe Man. I read a book about the bog people many years ago by a guy called Peter Glob (the name seems strangely appropriate), and ever since, the bog people have been on my bucket list.

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    1. Peter Glob is indeed a very appropriate name for the author of a book about bog people! Sounds like an interesting read. I find it incredible that a person this old actually exists! Quite amazing! Hope you get to see him one day too 🙂


    1. Thank you! Yes, my first visit to Aarhus I borrowed a bike to cycle from place to place (lucky for me, I have friends living there)! On my second visit I walked a lot more and had the advantage of a car, which was easier in the colder weather 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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