Although Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city, it’s still compact and easy to manage on foot, whether you’re wandering its lively port, Latin Quarter, or Møllestien, a residential cobblestone street lined with historic cottages. Get to know this charming place better at Den Gamle By,
an open-air museum that immerses guests in three centuries of Danish history. Step into a town from 1970s Denmark, complete with streets, townhouses, and shops, or go for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Each of the 75-plus historic buildings were relocated here from all over Denmark.
Afterward, visit the renowned Moesgaard Museum.
Uniquely located in the hilly landscape overlooking the sea, the museum details the culture, nature, and archaeology of Denmark’s ancient past. Stroll along a prehistoric trail to see burial mounds and restored prehistoric homes and marvel at the Grauballe man, the world’s best-preserved bog man from the Iron Age.
Delve even deeper into the past at the Viking Museum
. Around 1200 years ago the Vikings founded Aarhus on this very spot. In addition to the artifacts discovered here in the 1960s, you can see how Aarhus developed over the centuries. Continue to ARoS,
one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe, which features Danish art from the past 300 years and highlights the Danish Golden Age and early Modernism. Be sure not to miss the rooftop exhibit created by Olafur Eliasson. The circular glass walkway provides stunning views of the city through a rainbow panorama.
In the evening, indulge your appetite at Aarhus Street Food
, a lively market with more than 30 kitchens and bars serving up everything from Vietnamese banh mi to Danish smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches). If you’re looking for something a bit more upscale, Aarhus boasts several Michelin-awarded restaurants, including Restaurant Domestic
, known for its gourmet use of locally produced ingredients.