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How to Spend 24 Hours in Aalborg

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Updated: 22 January 2018

Aalborg is quite a small city and even in 24 hours it’s possible to discover a great part of its culture scene and get a taste of the town’s vivid atmosphere. If you’re travelling to Aalborg for only a couple of days, this guide will help you make the most out of your visit.

Morning

Start your day with a filling breakfast or a warm cup of coffee at one of the city’s cozy cafés. Café Spiret and Café Penny Lane are both known for their high-quality coffee and delicious breakfast and brunch menus. The Kunsten Museum should be the next stop for those wanting to get a glimpse of the town’s cultural scene. The renowned museum displays modern art exhibitions and installations of both local and international artists. If you’re in town on a sunny day, take a stroll through the Almen Kirkegård, the cemetery where many notable Danish figures are buried. It’s located right next to the Kunsten Museum and its blossoming trees and colorful flowers make it the ideal place for a relaxed walk.

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Kunsten Museum | © Allan Toft | Courtesy of Kunsten Museum of Modern Art

Afternoon

Start walking towards Aalborg’s waterfront, an area that has been developed over the last few years and is now considered the city’s cultural district. On your way there make sure to pass by Jomfru Ane Gade, a vivid street brimming with bars, cafés and restaurants. If you’re looking for a place to make a pit-stop, you’re definitely going to find one that meets your fancy here.

By the waterfront stands Utzon Center, a remarkable building that was designed by the architect behind the Sydney Opera House. Exhibitions, workshops and lectures take place throughout the year, so make sure you check their website for upcoming events. Architecture aficionados shouldn’t miss the chance of seeing Musikkens Hus, another impressive building within walking distance from the Utzon Center. 

Take a walk along the waterfront and soak up the city’s atmosphere. About 30 minutes on foot from Musikkens Hus lies Aalborg’s Street Food Market – The Lighthouse. If you’re close to the area, make sure you taste one of the 16 different cuisines on offer and feed your hunger without breaking the bank.

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Utzon Center | © Bang Clemme Film & Openhouse

Night

From bars and pubs to nightclubs and smoky bars, Aalborg offers many choices for a night out. Jomfru Ane Gade, or just “The Street” as it is known among locals, offers plenty of choices and is the district Danes head to for an early drink or for an after-hours party. If, however, you can’t find a bar that suits your mood, worry not, because every little alley around Jomfru Ane Gade is packed with all kinds of places to drink. Smedekroen on Niels Ebbesens Gade, just ten minutes walk away, serves local beer at low prices, while live concerts often take place here.

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Jomfru Ane Gade, Aalborg | © Jorge González González / Wikimedia Commons