In 2017, Aarhus celebrated its prestigious and prominent appointment as the ‘European Capital of Culture'.
Meet Aarhus – the City of Smiles
Denmark is one of the world's leading destinations for international meetings. And Aarhus, located on the eastern coast of the Jutland peninsula, is Denmark's second largest city. Aarhus has a population of approximately 340,000 inhabitants, and over the past few years, Aarhus has become a popular host city for international scientific congresses and conferences, and is now among the top 75 destinations in the world on the ICCA ranking of international meeting destinations.
Aarhus is a university town, with the youngest urban population in Denmark. But it is also one of the oldest cities in the nation, founded in the Viking Age. The vibrant mix of youthful energy and a rich history is what makes Aarhus special.
Downtown Aarhus – easy-going style and liveability
There are lots of things to do and see in downtown Aarhus – and all within easy walking distance. One of the most popular areas is ‘Vadestedet’, where cafés, restaurants and shops line the Aarhus River – a great place for a meal and people-watching.
Another must-see is the Latin Quarter, the oldest part of the historic downtown, with quirky shops, inventive restaurants and narrow cobblestone streets. This is the place for fashion, crafts, food and Danish design you will not find on the high street.
Within the past few years, a new part of town, Aarhus Ø, has seen the light of day on the harbour waterfront, and this exciting district is rapidly expanding.
An active city by the sea
Aarhus is a waterfront city surrounded by ancient beech forests – all within walking distance of the city centre. In the heart of the city, you will find parks and green oases everywhere – perfect spots for quiet relaxation. The greenhouses in the Botanical Garden, Marselisborg Memorial Park, the University Park and the Town Hall Park are just a few of the great city oases which are definitely worth a visit, and where you will meet the locals relaxing as well.
There is easy access to bike paths, running paths, outdoor gyms, and even water sports close to downtown. During the summer, you can take a dip in the clean waters of the bay – the Harbour Bath, Ballehage, Den Permanente, the marinas and the swimming lane in the sea north of Aarhus Ø are all easily accessible.
Aarhus –a Michelin city
Aarhus is a paradise for foodies. With four Michelin restaurants, Aarhus is a world-class gastronomic destination. And food is not the only attraction recognised in the Michelin Guide, which gives Aarhus two stars. The guide also awards stars to exceptional attractions, churches and hotels – and Aarhus has an impressive collection of stars in these categories as well. The Old Town, Denmark’s most beautiful open-air historical museum, has three stars, and ARoS Art Museum and Moesgaard Museum each have two.
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