The easiest, most enjoyable way to experience the great outdoors surrounding Aarhus is on foot or by bike, and the best hiking and cycling is along the green belt south of the city.

On Your Bike

OK, so you’ve found yourself a functional bycykel (or have hired a bike from Cycling Aarhus) and are looking to explore. Good two-wheeled trips:

  • South to Marselisborg, taking in the palace and park. Stop off to refuel at the marina en route.
  • North to check out the green campus of Aarhus University.
  • Further north to Risskov, to explore the pretty woodlands and Den Permanente beach.
  • Aarhus Ø and the northern harbourside developments, full of impressive architectural designs (and a cool beach bar).


If the weather’s good, popular family friendly beaches lie on the town’s outskirts and feature clean, calm (but often cool) waters. The best-loved spots to the north are the traditional seabaths known as Den Permanente, in Risskov not far from the Danhostel. Bellevue, further north of Den Permanente (about 4km north of the city centre), is also popular; buses 17 and 20 will get you there.

Otherwise head south to Moesgård Strand about 7km from the centre on bus 31. Den Permanente tends to draw a younger crowd; families head to Moesgård.