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Århus, (pronounced: Oar-Hoos) is the main city on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. With a population of just over 240,000 people (1,200,000 East Jutland metropolitan area) it also holds the title of Denmark's second largest city.


Århus offers an elegant mix of cosmopolitan city and quaint small town charm, with wonderful pubs, restaurants and romantic places. The average age of its inhabitants is among the lowest in Europe. This is mainly because of the large student population.

The tourist office is located just to the left of the main train station. It's called "Visit Aarhus" [1].

Some interesting facts:


The Danes are reserved towards strangers, but friendly towards tourists, and will normally be happy to give you directions and advice in fluent English.

Get in

By train

Trains run 1-2 times an hour from Copenhagen (København) to Aarhus and takes about three hours. Adult fare is DKK 324, an addition DKK 30 to reserve a seat. Discounts are available for persons 25 years old or younger (if buying a WildCard at the expense of 180 DKK) or older than 65 years. Also, discounts can be obtained by buying Orange Tickets some weeks in advance. Details on DSB's homepage [3].

It is also possible to catch a train to any other part of the Jutland peninsula, or occasionally to Hamburg, though connections are usually bad.

Tickets used in trains are also usable in buses, and if you are travelling from Copenhagen, you can use your ticket for the rest of the day to get around Århus at no extra expense.

By bus

Abildskou [4] operates buses from Copenhagen (Valby Station), Copenhagen Airport, Hamburg Airport and Berlin.

Eurolines [5] operates buses to Hamburg, from where you can continue to any other european city.

By boat

Mols Linien [6] operates ferries to Odden and Kalundborg

By plane

Aarhus Airport, Tirstrup [7] is approx. 45 minutes bus-ride away. Airport buses [8] arrive and leave from Banegårdspladsen in front of the railway station, a one-way ticket costs 90 DKK. Tickets are sold on the bus. Accepted currencies are; Norwegian Crowns, US Dollars, Pounds and Euro. Major Credit Cards are also accepted.

Aarhus airport is serviced by a number of major European airlines; flights from London are serviced also by the low-cost flight provider Ryanair, which has been known to provide fares as low as 1p per(one-way)trip.

Billund Airport [9], with many flight connections, is approx. 90 minutes bus-ride away. Airport buses arrive and leave from Radisson SAS Hotel, a one-way ticket costs 180 DKK. Tickets are sold on the bus. Accepted currencies are; Danish Crowns and Euro. Credit Cards are not accepted.

Get around

The entire city is clean and well organized, making walking an excellent and enjoyable way to get around.

Rent a bike in Bikes4Rent [10] or better yet, borrow a free City Bike, available around in the city. You need to insert a DKK 20 coin, which you get back when leaving the bike in another "bike station" (not available during winter months).

Bus tickets for travel within the city limits (Århus Kommune limits) are 18 DKK, 9 DKK if you are under 16 years of age [11]. Tickets are also available in 10-trip tickets, that vary in price depending on how far you want to go (115 DKK - 560 DKK (115 - 210 within Århus Limits), cheaper cards are also available for under 16 year olds). Finally there are tickets that allow you to ride all you want for 30 days, again prices vary depending on how far you want to go.

You can also buy a cheap Aarhus Pass [12] which covers all bus transport and all the museums.



Anyone who appreciates seeing European architecture will find many points of interest in the city, not least the Concert Hall ("Musikhuset" from 1982 by Johan Richter), which is located next door to the new art museum ARoS.


For concerts, try The Concert Hall [18], Train[19], Voxhall [20], Gyngen [21], Fatter Eskil [22], Musikcafeen [23] or Studenterhus Århus [24].

Enjoy one of the many nature offerings, all of which can be reached by foot from the city: Botanisk Have (The Botanical Garden), Universitetsparken (The University Park), Vennelystparken, Riis Skov (Riis Forest) or Havreballe Skov (Havreballe Forest). The beautiful 8 km. stretch of forest south of the city is equally suited for a hike, especially the old forest around the Moesgård Museum and Skovmøllen (Forest Mill). The Brabrand Lake is ideal for biking and rollerskating, as there are 10 km of flat paths without any car traffic.

Theatre & Cinema

For independent and european cinema, visit Øst for Paradis [25]. For mainstream movies, visit Cinemaxx [26] in Bruuns Galleri, Biocity [27] opposite from the train station or Metropol [28] in Trøjborg.

Other listings




There are hundreds of restaurants in Århus, reaching from cheap kebab joints, to high-class dining. Århus is generally known as one of the best places to eat in Denmark, probably due to the strong competition. However, the best places are not necessarily located on the most prominent addresses, so a bit of browsing is recommended. You could also try Åen - walk down "the river" in the city center, there are lots of restaurants and cafes with high standard.

The locals regularly frequent the many cafés when going out for a meal. Besides being the best option for breakfast, brunch and lunch, most cafés serve excellent home made burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups and snacks at reasonable prices.


Aarhus's large student population fuels a lively nightlife. There is a robust nightlife for those who are looking for a night on the town. Århus can deliver everything from big mainstream clubs to small alternative hangouts playing niche music.

Prices for food and drink are higher than in other parts of Europe, especially near the river (Å in Danish). The favorite local beers are Tuborg, Carlsberg and Ceres (which is brewed approximately 1km away from most of the clubs!)


Prices for hotels are higher than in other parts of Europe. There is a youth hostel, but it is not very fancy


Medium to expensive



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