Top reasons to visit Aarhus Aros Art Museum in Aarhus is on of the largest in Europe Aarhus is an enjoyable shopping destination Dokk1 by the harbour in Aarhus is a public culture center Marselisborg castle houses the Royal Danish family every summer

Welcome to Aarhus

Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark and is located on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula.

Top highlights in Aarhus

In Aarhus, you find several international attractions, such as The Old Town Museum (Den Gamle By).

In the city centre, you will find pleasant pedestrian streets with many exciting designer stores and malls. The city can offer a broad spectrum of cultural experiences, cultural events, the best restaurants in the region, and Michelin restaurants.

Aarhus in Denmark is a very modern city with great architecture and a young population regarding the many educational institutions. In 2017 Aarhus was the European Capital of Culture. 

Aarhus, located on the eastern coast of the Jutland peninsula, is Denmark's second-largest city and one of the oldest cities in the nation, founded in the Viking age.

12 top attractions in Aarhus

  1. Aros
  2. Moesgaard Museum
  3. The Old Town (museum)
  4. Tivoli Friheden
  5. Aarhus Cathedral
  6. Aarhus Music House
  7. Marselisbog Palace
  8. Dokk1
  9. The Latin Quarter
  10. Tropical House in Botanical Garden
  11. Iceberg Architecture in Aarhus
  12. The Women's Museum 

See more: Top attractions close to Aarhus

Cultural experiences in Aarhus

Aarhus offers some of the top cultural attractions in Denmark, including several art galleries, museums, and theatres, and was in 2017 Aarhus the European Capital of Culture.

If you love modern art, we can recommend visiting the ARos Art Museum, which has a rainbow panorama on top of the museum. If you love history, you will be thrilled to see Den Gamle By, where you can walk in a town as it looked in Denmark before the 1900s.

Lonely Planet recommends Aarhus

Aarhus is one of the ten cities in Europe that Lonely Planet recommends you to see - and it is not surprising because Aarhus has a lot to offer.

The city has many educational institutions, which make Aarhus the "youngest" city in Denmark, and this is one of the reasons you find many cafes and restaurants in the city. Though it's also one of the oldest cities in Denmark, it provides this "young" expression when you visit Aarhus.

Aarhus has around 300,000 inhabitants and is a busy city with cosy bars, cafes and restaurants – many of which are where you can get the New Nordic cuisine on the menu card and a trio of Michelin-starred restaurants. While for visitors on tighter budgets, there is a new street-food market in Aarhus.

See more: Michelin restaurants in Aarhus

The beach is just outside the city centre

It takes only 15 minutes by bus or bicycle to reach the beach or the beautiful Marselisborg Forests, where the Danish Queen also has her summer residence.

The Aarhus area offers many attractions, so do not hesitate to spend a weekend or more in Aarhus.


Where to stay

See list with great hotels in Aarhus


See also: Visit East Jutland

See also: Visit South Denmark