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Aarhus

Aarhus may not be as sleek as her Copenhagen sister, but she is a vibrant, fun and interesting city nonetheless - and is one of the oldest Viking cities in Denmark. Read more...

Where Aarhus may not have the sophisticated chic of Copenhagen, it is a vibrant city with an ancient history but a young and fun population. With bars, restaurants, museums and festivals aplenty, Aarhus is well worth a visit.

The second largest city in Denmark, Aarhus is situated in the geographical centre of Denmark on the Jutland Peninsula. Originating as a fortified Viking settlement in the 8th century, it is one of the oldest continuous cities in Denmark. The Moesgaard Museum delves into the city's prehistory and sheds light on the life of the Vikings who lived here centuries ago. For a more recent look at olden day life, the open air museum of urban history and culture (Den Gamle By) takes visitors from 1500 to modern day, with houses, farmers, shops and even bakeries, following 1880s recipes.

Enjoy a tour of the Old Town and see the famous cathedral of Aarhus, the longest and tallest in the country at 93m in length and 96m in height. Construction of the cathedral began in the 12th century, as with much of the Old Town. With many parks and narrow cobblestone streets, Aarhus Old Town is a charming spot to visit.

Aarhus has the largest university in Denmark and so a relatively young population. Perhaps this is part of the reason why it has such a strong music scene, with many small festivals going on throughout the year. Three of the biggest music festivals of Denmark occur here over the Summer - the 8 day International Jazz Festival; SPOT Festival, showcasing emerging Danish and Scandinavian talent; and the NorthSide Festival, a three day festival of international and Scandinavian acts. In 2017, Aarhus will be one of the European Capitals of Culture  and so the event calendar will be even more jam-packed, with many events happening in and around the impressive Musikhuset.

Other highlights of the city include the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, with the Rainbow Panorama Circular deck on top of the building, giving unparalleled 360 degree views of the city. The city also boasts three Michelin star restaurants and many renowned bars.

Explore Aarhus as a part of the Coastal Fairy-tale, Danish Delights or Denmark Castles and Jutland package. What's more, Legoland in Billund is only a short trip away and an essential Danish experience!