Aarhus is the European Capital of Culture in 2017
Aarhus is the European Capital of Culture in 2017, this means that Aarhus is currently exuding culture. Aarhus as the European Capital of Culture of 2017 means that art, theatre, dance, music, literature, gastronomy, architecture and design is the focus of Aarhus in 2017. Check out Aarhus2017 to see what is happening when you are visiting Aarhus.
Attractions and Excursion Spots
Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark and a cultural center with an abundance of museums and galleries. The University of Aarhus is also the home of 6 theatres, a concert hall, and a large congress centre. Every year in July there is a great Jazz Festival and in September “Aarhus Festival Week” – one of Scandinavia’s greatest cultural events.
Close to the Youth Hostel
Danhostel Aarhus situated in the middle of the forest, Riis Skov. From the highest slope you have a beautiful view of Aarhus bay. The forest has a good path system where you can follow two different paths. At the mouth of the forest you find a small ice cream stand. From the youth hostel you only have few meters to the beach Den Permanente which is an old fashion bath and one of the most popular beaches in the city.
Tourist Attractions in Aarhus
- Bazar Vest (7 km)
- Legelandet.dk (8 km) (Danish website)
- Marselisborg Palace (4 km)
- Musikhuset Aarhus (4 km)
- RaceHall (11 km)
- Tivoli Friheden (4 km)
- Cathedral of Aarhus (3 km)
- Aarhus City Hall (4 km)
- Aarhus Theatre (3 km) (Danish website)
Museums in Aarhus
- The Museum of Ancient Art (2 km) (Danish website)
- ARoS (4 km)
- The Occupation Museum in Aarhus 1940-45 (3 km)
- Bymuseet (4 km) (Danish website)
- The Old Town – open-air museum (3 km)
- Women’s Museum (3 km)
- Museum Ovartaci, Psychiatric Historical Museum (2 km)
- Moesgård Museum (5 km)
- Natural History Museum (3 km)
- The Steno Museum (3 km)
- The Viking Museum (3 km)
- Centre for Contemporary Art (4 km)
Tourist Attractions in the Area
- Djurs Sommerland (45 km)
- Mols-Linien (45 km)
- Kalø Ruined Castle (30 km) (Danish website)
- Kattegatcentret (61 km)
- Legoland (100 km)
- Naturcenter “Ørnereden” (10 km) (Danish website)
- Himmelbjerget (40 km)
- Vilhelmsborg – The National Equestrian Centre (15 km)
Buy the AarhusCard you will find events and attractions galore lined up for you to enjoy, no matter what your interests are. You get to ride the yellow city buses unlimited in zone 1-2, and you get free admision or discounts to the city attractions and museums.
Read more about the lucrative card here.
From April until October you can use any one of the 450 city bikes in Aarhus free of charge 24 hours a day. You can find them dotted around the city in the 57 specially allocated bicycle stands.
Each bicycle has a coin slot (just like shopping trolleys in Danish supermarkets). Insert a 20-kroner coin in the slot and press the “key” into the other slot to unlock the lock and release the bike from the bicycle stand. You get your 20-kroner piece back again when you press the “key” back into the slot at any bicycle stand.