City Orientation Walk, Aarhus (Self Guided)

Situated on the east coast of the Danish Jutland peninsula, the ancient city of Aarhus is a true open-air museum displaying a rich collection of centuries-old timbered buildings and contemporary structures. The historic Sankt Clemens Bridge, the Aarhus Cathedral with its medieval frescoes, the Aarhus Botanical Gardens, and of course the beautiful Agnete and the Merman fountain are just a few local attractions included in this walk. To see them all, follow this orientation tour and enjoy the beauty of this Danish city to the maximum!
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Denmark » Aarhus (See other walking tours in Aarhus)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: rose
Aarhus Cathedral

1) Aarhus Cathedral (must see)

Aarhus Cathedral, the city’s major religious edifice, is dedicated to the patron saint of sailors, St. Clemens and located on Store Torv (Large Square). It is the largest church in Denmark, at 93 meters long and 96 meters high, seating around 1200 people. Construction began at the end of the 12th century. A number of its frescoes date back to between 1470 and 1520. Until the Reformation, most of its walls were covered in frescoes, many of which were lost, though it still has more than any other church in Denmark. One older painting was saved from the first cathedral, the Lazarus Window, painted around 1300.

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Kvindemuseet i Danmark

2) Kvindemuseet i Danmark (must see)

The Women's Museum is dedicated to the lives and work of women in Danish culture. Situated in the former Aarhus City Hall, it was founded in 1982. It houses temporary and permanent exhibits pertaining to the history of feminism in Denmark. There is a café and bakery at Kvindemuseet.

Opening hours: Tuesday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m; Wednesday 10:00 to 20:00; Thursday- Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m; Sunday- 10:00 to 16:00;
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Aarhus Theater

3) Aarhus Theater (must see)

The Aarhus Theater is the largest provincial theater in Denmark. Designed by Danish architect Hack Kampmann, construction began in 1898 and was completed in 1900. This Art Nouveau structure was built with an emphasis on natural materials, and its interior was designed by artists Hansen-Reistrup and Hans Tegner. In 2007, the Aarhus Theater received an audio make-over.

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Viking Museum

4) Viking Museum (must see)

The Viking Museum, located beneath the Nordea bank building, is built upon the site of an archaeological excavation, 3 m below street level, which revealed various Viking Age structures, items, and parts of a human skeleton. The museum provides information regarding the history of the Vikings, as well as replicas of items on display at the Moesgaard Museum, located near Aarhus. After a period of renovation, the museum reopened during the Aarhus Viking Town Market on May 24, 2008.
The museum is administered by the Moesgård Museum and financed by both Aarhus Municipality and Nordea and there is no entry fee.

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Sankt Clemens Bridge

5) Sankt Clemens Bridge

Sankt Clemens Bridge, a landmark located in the center of Aarhus, dates back to the 1880s. Designed by architect Ole Oestergaard, it offers numerous shops, cafes and a beautiful view of the river.
Aarhus City Hall

6) Aarhus City Hall (must see)

Aarhus City Hall was inaugurated 2 June 1941, and it was drawn by architects Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller. As one of just a few Danish city halls it was marked for preservation in March 1994 because of its unique architecture.

On the first proposal the plans did not include a tower but due to massive public pressure it was later added to the drawings. The city hall has a total area of 19,380 m² and its tower is 60 m tall. The building is made of concrete plated with 6,000 m² of marble from Porsgrunn in Norway. In January 2006 the city hall was included in the Danish Culture Kanon under architecture. Today the building is used as a museum for feminist culture and history in Denmark.

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Agnete and the Merman

7) Agnete and the Merman

Agnete and the Merman (Agnete og Havmanden) is a charming sculptured fountain near Aarhus City Hall. Inspired by El Greco, Danish sculptor Johannes Bjerg created it in 1941. The sculpture depicts the story of a woman, Agnete, who fell in love with a merman.
Concert Hall

8) Concert Hall

Concert Hall (Musikhuset), located in the heart of the city, is the center of Aarhus’ cultural life. Containing two theaters, holding 1,600 and 316 seats, it offers a wide range of Danish and international performances.
Aarhus Kunstbygning

9) Aarhus Kunstbygning (must see)

Aarhus Kunstbygning or the Aarhus Art Building is an art museum. It has 1000 square meters of exhibition halls making it one of Denmark’s largest and significant venues for contemporary art. On display are solo exhibitions, thematic exhibitions, special exhibitions for the youth and dialogue exhibitions between Danish and foreign artists covering all fields of artwork from painting and sculpture to photography, film and video.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Wednesday: 10 am - 9 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 12 am - 5 pm

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10) Elskovskampen

Elskovskampen (The Battle of Love), a famous sculpture in Mølleparken, was created by Danish sculptor Johannes Bjerg in 1930. It depicts a man and a woman. Originally, there were six cupids around them, which have subsequently been moved to Tivoli Friheden.
Aarhus Botanical Gardens

11) Aarhus Botanical Gardens (must see)

Aarhus Botanical Gardens, located north of the Old Town, is an open-air village museum founded in 1875. This fascinating attraction houses thousands on plant species labeled in Danish and Latin. There is a children’s playground on site and Aarhus Botanical Gardens also offers guided tours of its numerous tropical greenhouses. The gardens also have an open air amphitheater and two small lakes, and it is all in all a popular location for picnics, gatherings and events of all kinds year round. There has been a heavy renovation of the greenhouses in recent years and a large tropical dome has been added, amongst other facilities. The Greenhouses have been closed for the public since 2011 and opened in part in the beginning of 2014.

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Den Gamle By (The Old Town)

12) Den Gamle By (The Old Town) (must see)

The Old Town (Den Gamle By) is an open-air village museum consisting of 75 historical buildings collected from 20 townships throughout the country. In 1914 the museum opened as the world's first open-air museum of its kind, concentrating on town culture rather than village culture, and to this day it remains one of just a few top rated Danish museums outside Copenhagen serving some 3.5 million visitors pr. year.

The buildings are organized into a small village of structures originally erected between 1550 and the late 1800s.The oldest structure is a storage house from Aalborg from c. 1550 and the youngest is a garden pavilion from the 1909 Country Exhibit in Aarhus.The Mayor's House is one of the most significant Danish half-timbered renaissance buildings with many unique architectural features. The Old Town has inspired similar projects in other Scandinavian cities; both Bergen, Norway and Turku, Finland have subsequently erected similar open air museums.

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Walking Tours in Aarhus, Denmark

Create Your Own Walk in Aarhus

Create Your Own Walk in Aarhus

Creating your own self-guided walk in Aarhus is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Children's Entertainment Tour in Aarhus

Children's Entertainment Tour in Aarhus

Aarhus has much to offer in children’s entertainment. Children can learn more about art and explore their own artistic abilities, get exercise, play games, see animals, get lost in Aarhus’ popular amusement park, enjoy delicious Danish ice cream and much more. Discover all the family fun the city has to offer in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Southern Aarhus Tour

Southern Aarhus Tour

Southern Aarhus offers great opportunities for sightseeing. You can see the summer residence of the Danish Royal family, the magnificent Marselisborg Palace, the charming Memorial Park and many other attractions. Discover the beautiful sites of southern Aarhus in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Cultural Tour in Aarhus

Cultural Tour in Aarhus

This tour will guide you to Aarhus’ most significant cultural sites. The numerous performance venues, museums and theaters reveal the city’s vibrant cultural life. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out the great attractions in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Aarhus Nightlife Walk

Aarhus Nightlife Walk

Aarhus has one of the best nightlife scenes in western Denmark. There are plenty of bars, cafes and nightclubs where you can spend time dancing, listening to great music, having delicious food and drinks, watch a movie and much more. Check out the following tour to have a great night out in Aarhus.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Architectural Heritage Tour in Aarhus

Architectural Heritage Tour in Aarhus

Aarhus offers a variety of eye-catching historical and modern architecture, including numerous buildings designed by famous Danish architect Hack Kampmann. Don’t hesitate to spend a few hours discovering the beautiful architecture Aarhus has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Places of Worship Tour in Aarhus

Places of Worship Tour in Aarhus

Aarhus churches provide a good insight into Denmark’s cultural and religious heritage. This tour reveals Danish churches of various architectural styles, all charming in their own way. The two major historical churches in Aarhus are Aarhus Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out the magnificent churches Aarhus has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Aarhus for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Aarhus has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Aarhus, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.