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EXCITING CITY LIFE & GLORIOUS NATURE IN AARHUS!
Surrounded by beaches, lakes and forests, Denmark’s vibrant second city invites you to enjoy its renowned attractions! Stay at the luxury Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in the city centre with the Concert Hall, ARoS Art Museum and City Hall right on your doorstep. Close by, step back in time in the charming ‘Old Town’, explore the beautiful Japanese Zen Garden and get the adrenalin pumping at Tivoli Friheden amusement park!
The location by Aarhus Bay and the mouth of the Aarhus Stream – hence the name, which means mouth of the stream – has been significant for the city’s development, and the harbour plays an important role. Aarhus is Denmark’s largest container port, and also caters for yachts with its many quaint marinas. In recent years, several cruise lines have chosen to dock in Aarhus. In the northern part of the harbour, an entirely new area is being built, Aarhus Island, with interesting architecture that will house residential and commercial properties.
Despite the city’s size, you are close to almost everything when you stay in the city centre. This applies to staying at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, where the city’s sights, shopping, and cultural attractions are within walking distance. Easy access when exploring the city, and great to return to after a busy day. And there is so much to see and experience. Art and culture thrives in Aarhus, with Aros, Aarhus Theatre, and the Concert Hall as flagships and complemented by many smaller stages and venues, galleries, festivals, and events all year round.
Although there is much to see and do in Aarhus, you should also take a walk in the lovely countryside with its large forests and amazing beaches, which are perfectly suited for recreational activities and scenic walks. You can also hire a bicycle – Aarhus is an ideal city for cycling – and combine the nature experience with exercise.
If you are a shopping enthusiast, you will probably want to spend all day at Bruuns Galleri, Magasin and Salling’s department store, which all have a large selection in all categories.
If you stroll further down Stroeget, you will be tempted by attractive shops with famous brands and the best in fashion and design. Relax with a cup of coffee or refreshing drink at one of the street’s trendy cafés.
In the Latin Quarter and Vestergade, you will find more specialized fashion and crafts offerings, galleries and tempting food shops. Quite an experience, which is completed by the picturesque houses and cobbled streets, so remember to look up.
You should also visit Bazar West, where you, as in a real Oriental bazaar, will be met by scents and colours, a large selection of fantastic food, both local and exotic, exciting gift shops, cafés and restaurants. A shopping experience in a class of its own!
Throughout the summer, you will find flea markets around the city – a popular destination for collectors, curiosity seekers and the city’s many students.
In the holiday season, the Christmas lights compete for attention with the shop windows, and a visit to the atmospheric Christmas market in The Old Town is a must.
So when you return with bulging shopping bags after a day on the town, you might have to consider buying an extra suitcase, as there are just so many temptations.
The Old Town is one of the city’s most famous attractions. In a unique environment with ponds and half-timbered houses, you meet people in historic costumes, who populate the shops and workshops and talk about life in the old days. A new feature is the neighbourhood from 1974, which showcases housing types from that era, including communes and the nuclear family, as well as a radio and TV shop from the early days of TV. Pure nostalgia for visitors, who are past their first youth, and their children and grandchildren, who want to remember visits to their grandparents’ homes.
Aarhus Cathedral is dedicated to St Clement, the patron saint of sailors – which once again is a testament to the harbour’s importance to the city. The cathedral was 400 years in the making, from the Roman basilica of the 1300s to the Gothic cathedral of the 1500s. It is the country’s longest church and definitely worth a visit.
The Viking Museum’s permanent exhibition showcases Aarhus’ oldest history based on discoveries made at St Clement Square, and shows that the city was a vibrant commercial centre as early as in the Viking Age with contacts to all four corners of the world.
If you travel with children during the summer, a visit to Tivoli Friheden in the Marselisborg forest is a must. If you are feeling energetic, you can even walk there from the hotel. Here, the little ones can enjoy themselves in the playgrounds, while older children will love the new D5 games. The whole family will naturally have to try the many rides and relax in between at one of the park’s restaurants.
Located in the Marselisborg forest you will find Marselisborg Palace, where the Royal family stays during their summer and Christmas vacations. The park and rose garden is open to the public, when the Royals are not staying at the castle.
There is much to see and experience, and in 2017 Aarhus will become the European Capital of Culture.
Når Århus festuge løber af stablen i august/september står hele byen på den anden ende. Alle kunstarter er på banen, fra dans og teater til børnekultur og sport. Der spilles klassisk og rytmisk musik ude og inde, det vrimler af liv på cafeer og udskænkningssteder, og internationale stjerner blander sig med skæve events og arrangementer for børn.
Marselisborgløbet er en folkefest for unge og gamle. Der er noget for alle, fra trænede eliteløbere til børn og pensionerede motionister, cyklister og andet godtfolk. Hygge og samvær er nøgleordet for denne årlige begivenhed.
Århus Food Festival er Nordens største. Her møder du landmænd, møllere, bryggere og madproducenter. Der er gratis smagsprøver og masser underholdning relateret til bordets glæder.
Falder dit besøg ikke sammen med Food Festivalen, er der alligevel masser af muligheder for at nyde et godt måltid mad, for det vrimler med restauranter og spisesteder i alle kategorier.
Som universitetsby lever Århus med rette op til sit ry som cafeernes by. De findes overalt og langs åen ligger de side ved side. Så drop ind på en af dem og slap af med et let måltid og en caffe latte eller et glas øl fra et af de lokale bryggerier.
Har du lyst til noget mere eksotisk, kan du nyde et måltid på en af de mange etniske restauranter, hvor du kan vælge mellem alverdens køkkener.
Gastronomisk har Århus altid været med på noderne, og flere restauranter nyder international anerkendelse. Sæt en aften af til en ægte kulinarisk oplevelse baseret på udsøgte råvarer, hvoraf mange er lokale, og hvor personalet vil nyde at forkæle dig. Du finder de gode restauranter både i bymidten og i omegnen, og naturligvis også på Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, hvor La Pyramide frister med et menukort baseret på det fransk-italienske køkken med et dansk touch.
Nattelivet er et kapitel for sig i Århus. Takket være de mange studerende, er der gang i den fredag og lørdag aften og nat på de mange natklubber, barer og pubber. Der er noget for enhver smag og prisklasse, fra studerende på SU til den forvænte rejsende.
Uanset hvad du vælger, er du sikret en perfekt afslutning på et skønt ophold i Århus, Smilets by, Verdens mindste hovedstad – kært barn har mange navne.