The fourth-biggest city of Denmark, Aalborg, is historically and culturally rich. Aalborg is located in the north of the country and is part of the North Jutland province. Visit the ancient Viking burial site and discover the pride of Danish maritime machines. Enjoy the stunning views from the Aalborg Tower and the nature at Egholm island.
Visit the Budolfi Cathedral
Budolfi Cathedral is an interesting and eye-catching building combining different architectural styles. The layout of the cathedral was constructed in the 14th century, and the church was built in Gothic style. From those times are the nave and two aisles, along with an armoury and turret rooms. In 1779 the baroque spire was built, while the vestry was added in 1900. During the Second World War the choir extension and another chapel were added.
See the view from Aalborg Tower
Aalborg Tower stands 55 meters above ground and offers spectacular views of the city and wider area of North Jutland. The tower was built in 1933 for the North Jutland Exhibition and, as it was too expensive to tear down, was left standing. Over the years, the once-temporary tower has become one of the city’s symbols. The viewing platform is open throughout the summer months, typically from April to October.
Grab a drink at Jomfru Ane Gade
Jomfru Ane Gade is a street packed with bars and restaurants, with more than 30 places located next to each other. This lively street is a great place to find a cozy spot for dinner, or start your evening enjoying a ‘Happy Hour’ deal. During summer months, the bars and restaurants spill their tables out onto the streets, creating a cheerful and welcoming atmosphere. Besides good food and drinks, the Jomfru Ane Gade, or Gaden for short, offers exhibitions, stand-up shows and live concerts.
See Aalborg Town Hall
The beautiful Rococo building of Aalborg’s Town Hall dates back to 1759. The building’s characteristics are the yellow-painted facade and stunning main entrance. Above the entrance are displayed the bust statue of King Frederik V and the Danish national coat of arms, along with two Latin inscriptions: Soli Deo Gloria, meaning ‘glory to good alone’, and the king’s motto Prudentia et Constantia, meaning ‘prudence and constancy’. It also features the only remaining gas lamps in the city, located next to the main entrance.
Discover Springeren Maritime Center
The coastal city of Aalborg is an important strategic point for Denmark. At Springeren Maritime Center you can get to know the history and experience the unique life at Aalborg harbour. Visit Springeren, the last Danish constructed and built submarine, and see the fastest gas turbine torpedo boat in the world, Søbjørnen. Explore the history of the port through interactive exhibitions. On your way out, don’t forget to take a snap of the miniature version of Aalborg from the 1870.
Visit Jørgen Olufsen’s House
This charming merchant house from the Renaissance period is one of the best preserved houses in Denmark. The house was built by mayor Jørgen Olufsen in 1616 (his initials can be seen above the sandstone portal). The house was a grain warehouse in three stories. Hoists and the grain loft doors can still be seen today. Check out the iron bar and hook on the Østerågade side, where the scale used to hang. The scale could be used by the customers to weight the goods to ensure they weren’t being cheated.
Experience culture at Utzon Center
The Utzon Center is a vibrant cultural center located by the waterfront in Aalborg. The impressive building was the last to be designed by Jørn Utzon, the famous architect behind the Sydney Opera House. Choosing to market itself as an education centre rather than a museum (in accordance with the architect’s wishes), Utzon is a meeting place for arts students and architects who can take part in workshops, attend lectures or simply meet over coffee to exchange ideas. The center also holds collections of Jørn Utzon’s original drawings, as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions by other artists.
Egholm is an island located just a short ferry ride from Aalborg. Situated in the middle of Limfjord, Egholm offers beautiful natural scenery and relaxing retreat from the city. Explore the 605-hectare island by tracking one of the numerous paths established over the years and see the stunning views on the fjord and nearby hills. During the summer months you can relax on the island beach and dine at the Egholm restaurant.
Visit the ancient Viking graveyard
Lindholm Høje is one of the best preserved Viking findings in all of Scandinavia. Discover the original Viking burial site and other exhibitions exploring the Viking period at the Lindholm Høje Museum nearby. The ancient graveyard dates back to the Germanic Iron Age and the Viking Age, and contains more than 680 graves. Besides the graveyard, the remains of a Viking village, houses and wells have been discovered in the area. See the interactive exhibitions at the museum and learn about this exciting period of the Danish history.
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