The destination you’ve never heard of
Above and below: powered sugar and jam, and went down perfectly with a warming glass of mulled wine.
Speaking of photography, the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum is another great spot to keep those filter fingers happy.
It has a range of art and cultural exhibitions which change throughout the year but its pièce de résistance is the 360-degree, multicoloured walkway on its roof terrace.
Called Your Rainbow Panorama, it was created in 2011 by artist Olafur Eliasson and gives visitors the chance to see for miles through hues of yellow, green and violet.
Visitors will not be short of places to eat either, from the high-end Langhoff & Juul, where we enjoyed an excellent three-course meal and some fine Danish beer and wine, to the more budget Aarhus Street Food market where every conceivable type of meal is available under one roof. Stands compete for customers – and space – as locals and tourists cram onto tightly packed benches to enjoy cheap and cheerful grub and soak up the lively atmosphere.
One of Aarhus’ biggest draws for visitors is Den Gamle By (The Old Town) which is an open-air museum founded a century ago. It recreates three historical periods: the 1800s, 1920s and 1970s.
Enter the main gates and you’re transported back in time, where cobbled streets are lined with faithful recreations of more than 75 of Den- mark’s historic buildings and, in some cases, the actual originals have been moved there.
Horse-drawn carriages will give you a more personal tour and there are plenty of cafés and snack bars, meaning you don’t have to leave the complex for lunch.
There is even a permanent exhibition called The Aarhus Story which chronicles the city’s history from its birth as a Viking settlement and could function as a tourist destination in its own right.
It’s a huge complex and one you could easily spend an entire day exploring when combined with a leisurely lunch as there is so much to learn.
Our trip was timed perfectly to enjoy a festive atmosphere, complete with some Christmas street theatre. Continuing the Yuletide theme was the Christmas Market at the Tivoli Friheden theme park, itself a yearround attraction about 1.5 miles outside of downtown Aarhus.
Aimed squarely at families, the park has lakes to walk around or just
Tourists step into Den Gamle By to enjoy a flavour of the past
Tourists enjoying the view from the roof-top terrace on the Salling department store
Get a colourful view of the city from ‘Your Rainbow Panorama’ art installation on top of ARoS AarhusKunstmuseum The Iceberg building shows an ultra-modern side to Aarhus