Flights to Aarhus
Denmark’s second largest city is Aarhus and it’s a large port city with numerous sights and tourist attractions. Located on the eastern coast of the Jutland peninsula, Aarhus is a mix of historic and modern, rolled into one.
Flights to Aarhus arrive at the Aarhus Airport (airport code: AAR) located about 36 kilometres outside of the city. Taxi service is available and a regular shuttle will take travellers to and from the train station. All flights to Aarhus from South African have two transfers in the route. KLM makes its stops in Amsterdam and Copenhagen, and Lufthansa connects in Munich and Copenhagen. You can also go through London and Copenhagen on a flight to Aarhus with either British Airways or Virgin Atlantic.
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The Tourist Attractions of Aarhus:
The Old Town
Strictly speaking The Old Town attraction is not the old town of Aarhus as it does not just feature old buildings from the city; it includes a collection of buildings from towns all across Denmark and is one of the country’s top visitor attractions. There are many half timbered buildings and they date back as far as the 1550’s. As well as the buildings themselves there are period furnishings and exhibits, plus staff members who are dressed in traditional clothing and performing traditional jobs like blacksmiths, merchant and more.
Aarhus City Hall
In stark contrast to the historical buildings of the Old Town is Aarhus City Hall. It’s a modern piece of architecture that was constructed in the early 1940’s and features a prominent clock tower that stands 60 metres tall. This City Hall replaced earlier buildings – there have been two former city halls though the first one was demolished in 1859 and the second one now houses one of Aarhus’ museums, Kvindemuseet.
Museums in Aarhus
The aforementioned Kvindemuseet i Danmark is the Women’s Museum in Denmark and it features exhibits dedicated to the history of feminism. This is just one of several museums in Aarhus, and others include art museums and a Viking Museum. Tourists interested in history will enjoy visiting the Viking Museum of Aarhus as it’s built on the site of an archaeological excavation where various Viking Age pieces were found. The museum has links with another nearby museum, the Moesgard Museum, which is located in a suburb of Aarhus.
Art lovers can see a mixture of art within the two art museums of Aarhus. The main art museum for the city is the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum and it’s one of the largest art museums in northern Europe. You’ll find three permanent exhibitions here: one on contemporary art, and the other two on periods of Danish art, modernism, and the golden age.
Aarhus Botanical Gardens
For a change away from the city buildings visit Aarhus Botanical Gardens. The gardens are located not far from the Old Town, so you could combine a trip to the two. There are thousands of plant and tree species here and if you’re travelling with children they can enjoy a play in the children’s playground.
The theme park, Tivoli Friheden, provides another change of scenery. It’s just a couple of kilometres from the city centre and features more than 40 attractions. The theme park has been entertaining residents and visitors to Aarhus since 1903 with its collection of things to see and do.
When Should You Visit?:
Aarhus has a mild climate, never getting overly hot, and not usually extremely cold. There’s rainfall every month of the year, so come prepared for showers whenever you’re visiting, and for the warmest weather come between June and September.