Aarhus is a quaint city to take a holiday and you'll find all the major attractions are within walking distance. In Aarhus, there are many opportunities to enjoy outdoor and indoor activities, cosy cafes, forests, trendy shops and beaches. Aarhus Airport is located around 21 miles (35 km) northeast of Aarhus. Transport to the city is readily available in the form of taxis outside the airport terminal, or airport shuttle bus which takes people to the Aarhus railway station. A more casual option of the 212 bus is also available for a more scenic journey.
When you arrive in the city from Aarhus airport, step back in time at the open-air museum of Den Gamle By located in the centre of the city. The open-air museum is set up just like a Danish market town in the old days. Here you get to meet and greet people and characters dressed up in provincial garb. Try out some of the vintage children's games or have a pint of beer in the Beer Cellar. Meander in through the woods in southern Aarhus and visit the Moesgard Museum. While learning all about the Vikings, you'll also view the Grauballe Man. This is one of the most exciting Danish finds from prehistory. The Graubelle Man dates back to the Iron Age in Europe.
Biking is very popular in Aarhus and there's a network of bicycle paths throughout the city. Den Permanente is a popular beach in Aarhus and only a 10-minute bicycle ride from the centre of the city. There are plenty of lifeguards on duty in the summers and convenient refreshment kiosks. The beach also features places for bonfires and barbeques for grilling.
The best place for shopping is along the high street of Strøget which stretches from the railway station and along the Aarhus River. Chic shops and pleasant cafes line the streets. In this part of the city, you'll discover Old Aarhus. There are many vintage buildings dating back to the 17th century in the Latin Quarter. You can marvel at the architectural jewels of the Old Customs House, the Aarhus Theatre and the Hotel Royal.
Throughout the city, there is an array of parks and green areas that you can sit down and relax for a while. Old Aarhus also houses the Botanical Gardens which features a plethora of exotic plants and trees in huge greenhouses. A short walk from the Botanical Gardens is Memorial Park, which is in front of the famed Marselisborg Palace. In the park is a statuesque monument dedicated to the Danes who were killed in Germany during WWI.
Marselisborg Palace and Park is the summer home of the royal family. During the summer, when the royal family is home at the palace, the traditional changing of the guard takes place daily at noon. When the royals are not in residence, the park and palace are open to the public. The park has a panoramic view of the bay and fine sculptures outline the walkways of the park.
One thing you'll notice about Aarhus is the relaxed friendly atmosphere along the streets. The citizens of Aarhus love to flock to the cafes strung along the river bank and enjoy a glass of refreshing beer or a sip of white wine. With plenty of activities, scenic beaches, cultural museums, boutique shopping and fine cuisine the city of Aarhus is the perfect getaway.