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AarhusDenmark

Founded by Vikings and fueled by creativity of its young population, Denmark’s second largest city is perfect for experiencing Jutland’s rich history and culture.

Denmark’s second largest city is a cosmopolitan blend of culture, creativity and small-town community spirit. Locals affectionately call it, “the world’s smallest big city.” It was founded by Vikings in the 10th century on the eastern coast of the Jutland Peninsula, the Danish and German land that juts north from mainland Europe into the North and Baltic seas.

Aarhus is a short bike ride from both sea and forest. This progressive city is a leader in renewable energy and efficiency, and is home to one of the best universities in Scandinavia. The high number of university students means Aarhus has the youngest population in Denmark, ensuring the city of just 300,000 stays young at heart and big on new ideas.

Culturally, the city is thriving, with a number of world-class galleries and museums located within its boundaries. Visit ARoS, a ten-story art museum featuring a vast permanent collection. See Danish art spanning more than four centuries and influential contemporary art from around the world. Many of Denmark’s best-known bands and musicians call the city home. On weekends Aarhus is a great place to catch a live show.

While the population may be young, the city itself has roots dating back more than a thousand years to the Viking Age. Discover the history of the city and the Jutland region at one of Aarhus’ many museums. Aarhus City Hall offers guided tours and is renowned for its daring architecture. Step back in time at Den Gamle By, the world’s first open-air museum of urban history and culture, or visit the Aarhus Cathedral to see a great example of 12th-century architecture.

Aarhus is served by an international airport but can also be reached on high-speed train and bus from many northern European cities. Once in town the city is easy to navigate. Rent a bike or use one of the free community bikes that are dispersed throughout the city. Cycling is the best way to get around any Danish city, since the infrastructure offers a safe and efficient journey. A metro and bus system also runs throughout Aarhus.

Where to stay in Aarhus

Aarhus City Hall showing an administrative building as well as a small group of people

Midtbyen

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Midtbyen is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Aarhus City Hall or ARoS.

Midtbyen
Aarhus C, Aarhus, Midtjylland, Denmark

Aarhus C

4/5Very Good!(7 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Aarhus C, Aarhus Theater and Aarhus City Hall are top sights worth seeing.

Aarhus C
Indre by, Aarhus, Midtjylland, Denmark

Indre by

If you're spending some time in Indre by, Aarhus City Hall and Aarhus Theater are top sights worth seeing.

Indre by
Aarhus South, Aarhus, Midtjylland, Denmark

Aarhus South

Visitors to Aarhus South like its restaurants and shopping, and Brabrand Lake is a sight worth a stop.

Aarhus South
Aarhus featuring heritage elements and a hotel

Aarhus North

2/5(1 area review)

While there might not be top attractions in Aarhus North, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Den Gamle By and Port of Aarhus.

Aarhus North
Vesterbro, Aarhus, Midtjylland, Denmark

Vesterbro

If you're spending some time in Vesterbro, Den Gamle By and Aarhus Botanical Gardens are top sights worth seeing.

Vesterbro

Top hotels in Aarhus

CABINN Aarhus Hotel
CABINN Aarhus Hotel
2 out of 5
Kannikegade 14, Aarhus
The price is £72 per night from 18 Nov to 19 Nov

Located in Aarhus C, this hotel is steps away from Aarhus Theater, Viking Museum and Aarhus Cathedral. Royal Scandinavian Casino and Store Torv are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (1,722 reviews)
Bad check in

"They could not find my booking, even though I could show them a booking confirmation."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jan 2020

CABINN Aarhus Hotel
Zleep Hotel Aarhus Viby
Zleep Hotel Aarhus Viby
3 out of 5
Viby Ringvej 4B, Aarhus
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £67 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov

Located in Aarhus South, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Brabrand Lake, NRGi Arena and NRGi Park. Tivoli Friheden and Marselisborg Palace are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (936 reviews)

"Great beds. Could use a non-fire stairway for folks on lower floors."…"

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2019

Zleep Hotel Aarhus Viby
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus
4 out of 5
Margrethepladsen 1, Aarhus
The price is £103 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

Located in Aarhus C, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Musikhuset Aarhus, ARoS and Aarhus City Hall. Bruun's Galleri and Aarhus Art Building ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,060 reviews)

"wonderful and helpful people, the rooms spotless; the rooms are a bit dated, which is m only real complaint...breakfast great...."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Aarhus

Guesthouse Sharon Aarhus
Guesthouse Sharon Aarhus
3 out of 5
Tjørnegade 6 B, Aarhus N, Aarhus
The price is £85 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Located in Aarhus North, this villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Aarhus, Den Gamle By and Royal Casino. Viking Museum and Aarhus University Hospital ...

4.3/5Excellent! (32 reviews)
Friendly hosts

"Very friendly hosts and very clean Just needs a little atmosphere big room 2 different beds one double and one single Very good and simple breakfast Great location for Århus"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

Guesthouse Sharon Aarhus
GUESTapart - Aarhus
GUESTapart - Aarhus
3.5 out of 5
Tueager 5, Aarhus
The price is £116 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Located in Aarhus North, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Aarhus University Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Aarhus and Aarhus Natural ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (110 reviews)

"Loved it, nice little kitchen and wonderful shower. And a two minute walk to the street car stop. Maybe a 20 minute walk to a grocery store. I stayed a week there and would definitely stay again"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2020

GUESTapart - Aarhus
Athome Apartments
Athome Apartments
3 out of 5
38 Hedeager, Aarhus
The price is £118 per night from 28 Nov to 29 Nov

Located in Aarhus North, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Aarhus University Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Aarhus and Aarhus ...

4.4/5Excellent! (13 reviews)

"Very modern and well equipped apartment with good tram links to the centre. Very easy check in / out process. Only fault we had was Netflix being advertised as built into the TV when we were pretty sure it wasn't. We arrived on Thursday, I emailed about it Friday morning and I hadn't received a reply ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2019

Athome Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Aarhus

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Karan

16 Feb 2020

Aarhus central station and adjoining area is wonderful to walk around but there is always strong wind and rain so it can get challenging. The beach is nice and the deer park is lovely. You can take your family there with some carrots to feed the deer

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Oct 2019

Beautiful Scandinavian city on the water. Vibrant as it is a uni-town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Oct 2019

Absolutely LOVE this city!! Been many times and always a pleasure.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Aug 2019

Beautiful and vibrant city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Aug 2019

Staff at local airport very friendly and helpful

3/5 - Okay

Ali

25 May 2019

Aarhus is an ok city, it is not the most interesting place to go. And it is expensive. But that is Denmark for you

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