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Aarhus - Denmark's second city & European Capital of Culture 2017

Aarhus is one of Europe's rising second cities. Discover why prominent media such as New York Times and The Telegraph have included Aarhus on their lists of must-visit destinations.

Aarhus - along with the Central Denmark region - has been appointed European Capital of Culture 2017 and you can expect an abundancy of cultural events, gastronomic delights and an all round vibrant atmosphere! With its mix of youthful energy and blasts from the past, Aarhus is truly a city with an energetic beat of the pulse. In Aarhus, when we say walking distance, we really do mean walking distance. From here, beach, harbour and forest are all within reach of a 15-minute bike ride.

Aarhus is home to some of Denmark's most popular attractions. Among these ARoS art museum, which delivers groundbreaking works from some of the world’s most progressive artists. In Den Gamle By – The Old Town Museum you can take a walk from the 16th century to your own youth. The newly restored Moesgaard Museum, which architecture is an attraction in itself, brings you into a world of Vikings and ancient finds. 

Travel tip #1: ARoS

"It was the panorama that really impressed, however, and we spent far too much time taking photos, looking out over the city, and constantly exclaiming, “Wow, it’s so beautiful/cool/amazing!””
- Brenna Holeman @thisbatteredsuitcase

Travel tip #2: The atmosphere

”There was something about Aarhus that made us smile […] the city enchanted us with its cobbled streets, riverside setting and rosy-cheeked locals”. - Victoria & Steve on bridgesandballoons.com

Lonely Planet Vlog - LP pathfinder in Aarhus

Explore Aarhus with Lonely Planet

In 2016, Aarhus was ranked as the second best destination to visit in Europe by Lonely Planet. Watch this video to find out why! 

DOKK1 in Aarhus. Photo: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architechts

Keep up to date with Aarhus2017 highlights

In 2017, Aarhus will be the European Capital of Culture with the main theme ‘RETHINK’. Click here for an overview of events and activities.

10 fabulous things to do in Aarhus

In Aarhus you can walk to everything and still there is so much to explore that you need at least a couple of days in the city.

Instagramming #ThisIsAarhus

See UK based top instagrammers journey to Aarhus to capture the most instagrammable places in Denmark's second city.

Restaurant Frederikshøj in Aarhus

Eating out in Aarhus

The gastronomic level in Aarhus is high, Denmark's second city offers a fantastic experience for every foodie on every budget.

ARoS Food Hall, Aarhus

Region of Gastronomy 2017

Chefs and food manufacturers will create sustainable solutions, strengthen food education, and ensure public participation.

ARoS, Your Rainbow Panorama

ARoS

Visit ARoS Aarhus Art Museum and take a walk in the rainbow on the roof with amazing view over Aarhus.

The Old Town (Den Gamle By)

The Old Town Museum is a National Open Air Museum of Urban History and Culture, which has been awarded three Michelin stars!

Moesgaard Museum

Prehistory presented innovatively in a breathtaking architectural setting making it a world-class museum experience!

Shopping in Aarhus

Aarhus has everything from vintage and second-hand clothes to the latest fashion by great designers.

Scandic Aarhus City

Where to stay

In Aarhus you have plenty of accommodation to choose from. See some suggestions here! 

Getting to Aarhus

From the UK it is possible to fly directly to Aarhus or Billund Airport, where buses will take you to Aarhus within an hour.