The second-largest city and region in Denmark, Aarhus has a young population and a strong cultural focus. The community is committed to integrating its rich cultural history with urban development, tourism, infrastructure and business development.
Founded by the Vikings approximately 1,300 years ago, the city is situated next to The Kattegat, an area of sea bounded by Denmark in the west and Sweden in the east. Built on trade, Aarhus experienced a boom in the 1990s and is now a commercial and educational centre in Denmark, as well as a must-see for anyone design-minded, thanks to its noteworthy architecture and plethora of local designer shops across the city.
With extensive cafés, restaurants and bars throughout the city centre, Aarhus is a great location to spend the day experiencing the notoriously relaxed Danish lifestyle or wander the streets soaking up the local sights.
The port of Aarhus, or Aarhus Havn, is located close to the city centre and is less than 10 minutes away by foot.
The cruise terminal at Aarhus Havn was recently expanded in a bid to increase cruise traffic; authorities are constantly striving to improve facilities to ensure a comfortable reception for all passengers.
The facilities currently include:
- Wireless Internet
- Tourist Information
- Guided tour start points.
On arrival, visitors are treated to welcoming performances from local musicians, and occasionally folk dancers in traditional garb will join the welcome party.
How To Get Around
A compact city (it has been described as ‘a major city crammed into a mega-village’), it is possible to visit most of the popular attractions in Aarhus on foot during a day trip. For those who would prefer another mode of transport, taxis and tour buses are located just outside the port gates.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 10 minute journey to downtown Aarhus.
From there is it easy to explore the city and the several museums located within.
- It is a 35 minute journey to Clausholm Castle
- It is a 90 minute journey to Legoland
- It is a 2 hour journey to see the house of Hans Christian Anderson.
- Currency - The currency in Aarhus is the Danish Krone (DKK). Coins come in denominations of 50 ore (valued at half of 1-kr), 1-kr, 22-kr, 5-kr, 10-kr and 20-kr. Notes come in 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kroner denominations.
- Time Zone - Aarhus runs in the Central European Time Zone (CET), which is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight savings time is in effect between March and October, putting the city two hours ahead of UTC.
- Weather - Aarhus enjoys a temperate and marine climate, with warm, sunny summers and cool, occasionally frosty winters. The highest average temperature is experienced in August, reaching 22 degrees Celsius, and the coldest average temperature is experienced throughout December and January, dipping to about 3 degrees Celsius.
- Clausholm Castle - Set in the picturesque countryside about 30 minutes out of Aarhus, Clausholm Castle is one of Denmark’s best preserved baroque estates. Built in the 1690s by the Danish Chancellor, Count Conrad Reventlow, the castle has been thoroughly restored and furnished with original 1700s pieces. As it is privately owned, it is only open throughout July for public viewing; however, the castle’s impressive park is open to visitors from May through September, 11am to 5pm daily. Admission will cost 95 DKK for adults to see the park and the castle, and 50 DKK for just the park. Children (0-13 years) enter free of charge.
- Legoland - If you’ve spent years wondering what 60 million Lego bricks in one area looks like, then a trip to Legoland at Billund, about 90 minutes away from Aarhus, might make for an entertaining day trip. Separated into zones and featuring more than 50 rides, if your getaway includes getting back in touch with your inner child, this is your highlight here. One-day admission passes start at 249 DKK if you pre-purchase tickets online, with prices increasing if you pay at the entrance.
- The House of Hans Christian Andersen - If you’re up for a bit of road trip sight-seeing, take the time to head to the city of Odense and visit a museums dedicated to the great Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen. The fairy tale writer’s residence has been transformed to display his drawings and art, as well as having interactive facilities where visitors can flick through his stories or hear his tales. Opening times vary so it is worthwhile checking times online before making the journey from Aarhus.