The student city of Aarhus in Denmark has a history dating back to the Vikings in the 700s, and the city is a fascinating mix of old and new. Aarhus is growing steadily and has already reached a total population of more than 300,000 people, including 35,000 students, making the city the second largest in Denmark. In order for you to understand how big Aarhus really is, you need to know that it is about twice the size of Trondheim.
If you visit the old part of Aarhus you will quickly notice the vital forces of the city. Here it has been refurbished, and residents and visitors meet by trendy shops and cafes.
Take a stroll along the beach or marvel at the brain and heart of the many cultural events and give the stomach good experiences in the form of delicious food from the many quality restaurants. We recommend everyone to visit this exciting city in Jutland. Most tourists here have a good alternative to Copenhagen!
Get to know Århus
Although Aarhus is often referred to as “Denmark’s youngest city”, it is equally regarded as the oldest in Denmark. Originally, there was a city with Vikings here as early as the 9th century. At that time it was called Aros, which is not so far from Aarhus. Already in the year 1201 the foundation stone of the Cathedral was laid. And the area around the Cathedral has been central since then. However, there was no rapid urban development of Aarhus until the 19th century.
In 1847, construction of the port facility began. This work was completed in 1861, and together with the opening of the Jutland – Århus – Randers railway line in 1862, it marked the start of a rapid development of Aarhus. Today, Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city with about 300,000 inhabitants. In addition, Aarhus is a university town with all that it entails of creativity, desire for knowledge and not least a lively nightlife and cultural life. Today, Århus is considered to have the most “wise heads per capita” of all Danish cities.
- Abbreviation: AAR
- Country: Denmark
Tourist areas in Aarhus
Everything within Ringgaden is considered the city center. The center of the city center is called the Inner City and is bounded by three avenues; Nørre Allé, Vester Allé and Sønder Allé. This is where you will find most of the attractions, eateries and shops. And this is where you will find the old settlement. In the Viking era, Århus was surrounded by a semi-circular defense rampart. This one went from the sea and along the river. You can understand where by looking at today’s street names, e.g. The Borg Gate, the Violence and the Tomb.
The inner city and the Latin Quarter
The central shopping street in Aarhus is Strøget, ie the combination Ryesgade and Søndergade. The street goes from Store Torv at Aarhus Cathedral to Bruun’s Gallery right by the railway station, just off the Fredriksbjerg area. Aarhus Cathedral is the heart of the inner city. It was at the cathedral that the Vikings first settled in the 9th century. Then as now, this is the town’s gathering place. The church is not far from the Honor Quay and the sea. Just east of the Cathedral is Århus theater with associated ticket service. The area around the Cathedral is called the Latin Quarter and is, as previously mentioned, the oldest area in Aarhus. The mind goes straight to Southern Europe as you wander around the cobbled streets and look at the life of the many cozy cafes.
If you go south from the Cathedral, along St. Clement’s Square, you are on Strøget. An approximately one mile walk takes you to Bruun’s Gallery. By the way, Clemens Torv is the place where you will find the Viking Museum, and in the basement of Nordea Bank you will see excavations from the Viking Age.
Before coming to Bruun’s Gallery, you will also pass Århus City Hall just outside the inner city. This building radiates future and futurism, despite being built just after World War II. And with its high clock tower, it’s a small landmark in the city. You will find the town hall just south of Sønderallé.
Other important areas of Midtown
Vesterbro is located northwest of the inner city and consists of, among other things, Vesterbro Torv, Den Gamle By and Botanisk Have. Here is also the county hospital and Ceres brewery. The old town is a large open-air museum and is very popular with tourists. The Botanical Garden is close by. You can reach the old town by, among other things, strolling up Viborgvej. The open-air museum consists of a number of historic buildings, in addition to workshops, homes, shops and exhibitions.
North of the Old City, and just outside the central city you will find the large campus area with the University of Aarhus.
Frederiksbjerg is located southwest of the Inner City. Frederiksbjerg is connected to the inner city via the Bruunsbro and Fredriksbro bridges. Just west of Frederiksbjerg you will find Langenæs. This quiet district is a typical example of Danish 1950s architecture. Frederiksbjerg is popularly called the pantry in Aarhus. Visit here to visit the site’s many specialty food and beverage outlets. An excellent street to start in is MP Bruunsgade just behind Bruun’s Gallery.
Trøjborg is located north of the Inner City. This is an area where both students and artists have settled, and is virtually a “city in the city”. Here are many exciting small shops.
Outside the city center
A little south of the city center of Aarhus is Moesgård, not far from Aarhus Golf Club. This area is interesting because it houses the Moesgård Museum and the manor Moesgård. This is where the Grauball man is. He is the only fully preserved man from the Iron Age.
The sports park
Between Aarhus city center and Moesgård lies Aarhus sports park and large park facilities. Here you come to relax and eg. go for a great walk along Strandvejen or take a picnic in the green. Maybe you come here to watch a football game in the sports park too?
Beaches at Aarhus
Is it hot summer weather and you have the days ahead, then maybe it tastes like a beach visit? Aarhus can offer beaches both to the north and south. For example, you have Moesgård Beach, Ajstrup Beach and Ballehage Beach. Yes, we include Åkrogen beach and Bellevue beach too. All in a short distance from the center of Aarhus.
List of Aarhus Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Aarhus is AAR which stands for Aarhus. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Aarhus, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.