Waterfront of Aalborg around Østre Havn quarter and Musikkens Hus, view from the boardwalk on Limfjord shore.

© Oliver Hoffmann/Shutterstock


Top choice in Aalborg

The Aalborg waterfront promenade, extending east from Limfjordsbroen, is a great example of urban regeneration, taking what was a scruffy dockside area and opening it up to locals. Here you’ll find restaurants, a park, playground, basketball courts and moored boats (including an old ice-breaker, now a restaurant-bar). One of the best features is the Aalborg Havnebad, a summertime outdoor pool that lets you take a dip in the Limfjord.

East of the Utzon Center there's more new development, including university buildings and smart, low-cost housing for the city's growing student population. The latest addition is the shiny new Musikkens Hus, a first-class, futuristic-looking concert hall.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Aalborg attractions

1. Jørgen Olufsens House

0.11 MILES

Jørgen Olufsen’s house was built by a wealthy mayor in 1616 and now operates as a cosy Irish pub.

2. Aalborghus Slot

0.16 MILES

An anachronism among all the waterfront development, the mid-16th-century, half-timbered Aalborghus Slot is more an administrative office than a castle,…

3. Jens Bangs Stenhus

0.19 MILES

This five-storey Renaissance edifice was built by a well-heeled merchant in 1624. Today there's a jewellery store at ground level.

4. Helligåndsklostret


An alley off CW Obels Plads leads to the rambling Monastery of the Holy Ghost, which dates from 1431 and is home to some fascinating frescoes. The…

5. Utzon Center

0.21 MILES

This impressive 700-sq-metre design and architecture space, with its distinctive silver roofscape, sits pretty on the waterfront. It's the last building…

6. Old Town Hall

0.21 MILES

The baroque-style old town hall (c 1762) sits at the corner of Østerågade and Gammel Torv.

7. Budolfi Domkirke

0.25 MILES

This 12th-century cathedral marks the centre of the old town and its elegant carillon can be heard every hour, on the hour. Its whitewashed interior…

8. Aalborg Historiske Museum

0.26 MILES

Just west of Budolfi Domkirke is the town's history museum, with artefacts from prehistory to the present, and furnishings and interiors that hint at the…