Aarhus - The City of Smiles
The peninsula of Jutland is located in the western part of Denmark and is also known as the Danish mainland. It is the only part of Denmark that is not an island and connects with northern Germany near Schleswig. Jutland is around 340 km from top to bottom and covers an area of over 29,000 sq km – two-thirds of the total area of Denmark. Almost half of the Danish population live in this part of the country. Aarhus is located in the middle of Jutland.
Aarhus is Denmark's second largest city and Jutland's largest, with a population of around 260,000. Here, Denmark's history can be traced all the way back to the middle of the 8th century. Often referred to as the "City of Smiles", it has since become a cultural Capital of sorts as Danish youths flock here to study, innovate and start businesses. Aarhus provides the perfect blend of modern city life and traditional Danish values, which makes it an attractive destination for both youths and grown-ups alike.
The population of Aarhus is aggressively expanding and so too are the number of interesting places to visit. Experience Aarhus’ history at The Old Town or check out the world-renowned ARoS Art Museum for a memorable experience full of sensory exploration through all kinds of expressive media.
You will stumble upon plenty of opportunities for shopping while navigating the streets of the city. Bruun’s Galleri is one of Denmark's largest shopping malls with about 10 million visitors each year. There are loads of possibilities for dining. Because of the multicultural nature of the population, there is a bit of everything in Aarhus. Check out Bazar Vest (site is in Danish) if you would like to try a unique food and shopping experience.
The trendy area of Trøjborg is a popular location for young people and is great for shopping. Here you will find a variety of eateries, which include Danish, Thai, Italian, and Japanese cuisine. Don’t worry, fussy eaters; even you will find something you can enjoy.
If you would like accommodation while you spend a few days experiencing this booming city of cultural and history, you should definitely check out the centrally located Danhostel Aarhus or Danhostel Aarhus City, which has thirty-five rooms and an elegant dining room with 7-m high ceilings. A large, healthy breakfast buffet is served each day. The amenities include barbecue and campfire areas, a playground, free car and coach parking, WI-FI, playground and petanque. Here you will find budget-friendly accommodation and 24-hour check-in. The hostel is only a few metres from public transportation, so that means you can be in Aarhus City Centre in no time.
Aarhus was selected as Europe's Capital of Culture for 2017, so check out all the activities you can be a part of starting from now through 2017.