The official European Capital of Culture 2017, Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark, is bustling with life as it currently is home to many new architectural constructions. From the complete overhaul of the waterfront at the harbor to the inauguration of the new Moesgaard Museum – the city has so many new and old attractions on offer for the tourists.

Being dubbed as “the university city”, Aarhus is the youngest city in Denmark measured by average age of its inhabitants but historically one of the oldest. Thus, the atmosphere is a vibrant mix of youthful energy and blasts from the past.

When visiting the city you are also easily within reach of the beach, the harbor and the forest. So hop on one of the city bikes or stroll by foot and experience the many sights – such as the stunning art museum Aros or the Marselisborg Palace which is the summer residence of the Royal family.

Shopping is a treat itself. From the uptown area of Frederiksberg to downtown Aarhus, there are many one-of-a-kind boutiques, well known international brands and classy department stores. All easily reached by foot.

When you feel the hunger for a quick bite or want to go out for dinner, Aarhus has it all. You can dine at some of the best restaurants in Denmark or you can opt for a quick bite at one of the cosy downtown cafés.

Aarhus is located in a geographical area called “Jylland”. However, none of the attractions recommended in this area are no more than a 30-45 min. drive away from Aarhus city centre.

If you’d like a little help prioritizing your time when visiting Aarhus and Jylland, this guide is what you need! We have hand picked some of the best attractions, museums, shops and restaurants  for you to explore.

Welcome to Aarhus and the heart of Denmark.