One of the good things when traveling alone is that visiting a city’s museums and attractions can be done without input or complaints from others who are also on the trip. Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city is such a city; renowned for its strong cultural scene and beautiful landscape, there is much to see while visiting and lives up to the reason it was named the European Capital of Culture for 2017.
A good place to start is ARoS, one of the largest-art museums in Europe. The 1100 square meter museum features four exhibition rooms that display artwork and light, video, and installation art of both national and international artists.
Film lovers should visit Øst for Paradis, the city’s most cozy and non-mainstream cinema, and mingle with other culture enthusiasts. Aside from the new releases, the small cinema shows classic films from different periods and countries. Moreover, on some days of the week, special events take place. For example, they serve brunch on Sundays and show French films on Mondays.
Those into live performances and music, Concert Hall (Musikhuset) in Aarhus won’t disappoint. With six halls and nine scenes, Musikhusethas fairly earned the title of the largest concert hall in Scandinavia.
ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aros Allé 2, Aarhus, Denmark, +45 87 30 66 00
East of Eden (Øst for Paradis), Paradisgade 7, Aarhus, Denmark, +45 86 19 31 22
Musikhuset Aarhus, Thomas Jensens Allé 2, Aarhus, Denmark, +45 89 40 40 40
Those visiting Aarhus during the summer should spend a day at the beach. Get there either by bike or take a bus from the city center. Ballehage (Bus line 31), Bellevue (Bus lines 12, 20, 100,), and Den Permanente (Bus lines 18, 100, 123) are some of the closest to the city center beaches and among locals’ favorites.
Nature lovers should take a walk or a bike ride around Egå Engsø, the artificial lake north of Aarhus. Take bus 13 or 18 from the city center and see rare bird species and deer in approximately 40 minutes.
A 24-hour ticket costs 80DKK (€10.76) ($12.64), a 48-hour ticket costs 120DKK (€16.13) ($18.96), and a 72-hour ticket costs 160DKK (€21.51) ($25.28). Buy the 24-hour AarhusCARD for 299DKK (€40.20) ($47.25) and gain access to 20 museums, attractions, and activities (prices for the 48 and 72 hours AarhusCARD differ). Public transportation tickets are also included in the price.
Those wanting to visit more than 40 attractions, there is the AttractionPASS that costs 349DKK (€46.92) ($55.15) for 24 hours. With the AttractionPASS, use public transportation for free, get discounts on shopping, and get free admission to the city’s public swimming baths and skating rinks.