Aarhus skyline over Dokk1 library in the harbour, Denmark.

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Top choice in Aarhus

Opened in 2015 as part of Aarhus' large-scale waterfront regeneration, Dokk1 is the kind of public space Danes excel at, and houses Scandinavia's largest library. It's a great building, home to countless reading nooks, a cafe, kids' play area and an information desk for visitors to the city.

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1. Aarhus Domkirke

0.26 MILES

With a lofty nave spanning nearly 100m in length, Aarhus Domkirke is Denmark’s longest church. The original Romanesque chapel at the eastern end dates…

2. Kvindemuseet

0.28 MILES

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3. Besættelsesmuseet

0.29 MILES

For those interested in the German occupation of Denmark during WWII, the small Occupation Museum is inside the building that the Germans once used to…

4. Vikingemuseet

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There’s more than the expected vaults in the basement of Nordea bank, a stone’s throw from the city's cathedral. In the mid-1960s this site was excavated…

5. Aarhus Rådhus

0.42 MILES

Aarhus’ controversial town hall was co-designed by renowned architect Arne Jacobsen, a pioneer of Danish modernism, and completed in 1942. It’s clad in…

6. Vor Frue Kirke

0.47 MILES

Set back from Vestergade, the Church of Our Lady is like a Russian matryoshka (nesting doll), opening to reveal multiple layers. It was here that the…

7. Møllestien


While you’re exploring the old part of town, be sure to wander along idyllic Møllestien, easily Aarhus’ prettiest street – all cobblestones, pastel…

8. ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum

0.56 MILES

Inside the cubist, red-brick walls of Aarhus’ showpiece art museum are nine floors of sweeping curves, soaring spaces and white walls showcasing a…