Visit One of the World's Happiest Cities
Located on the Jutland peninsula of Denmark, Aarhus is the country's largest port and its second largest city. With a history believed to date back to the mid-first century, Aarhus has a host of fascinating historical and cultural attractions to enjoy. However, as a university city, the average age of the citizens of Aarhus makes it one of the youngest cities in Denmark and there are loads of vibrant entertainment and outdoor activities to keep both locals and visitors happy. In fact, Aarhus was named as one of the happiest destinations on the planet in the 2013 World Happiness Report by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
One of the most popular attractions in Aarhus is the pedestrian area known as Vadestedet on the banks of the Aarhus River. With its shops, outdoor cafés and restaurants, Vadestedet offers the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere at leisure. Take a step back in time with a stroll through the Latin Quarter – the oldest area in Aarhus – where medieval houses line narrow streets as they have for centuries. In contrast, the newest residential area, Isberget, offers futuristic architecture where all apartments enjoy a view of the sea.
Since 1965, Aarhus has hosted the Aarhus Festuge, an annual arts and culture event that takes place in the city center and parts of the harbor. People travel from all over to enjoy this event, which continues over several days with a program of cultural activities, art exhibitions, music, dancing, street theater, good food and more.
The ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum is one of northern Europe's largest art museums. The ten storey building houses three permanent collections – the Danish Golden Age (1770-1900); Danish Modernism (1900-1960), and Contemporary Art – as well as areas for temporary exhibitions and themed art installations. The name of the museum is the ancient Danish name of the city, as well as a play on the Latin word for art, ars. Other places of interest to visit in the city include the Old Town, Moesgaard Museum, the Botanical Garden, the Women’s Museum, Marselisborg Palace, Mindeparken and the Tivoli Friheden Theme Park.
Aarhus has been selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2017, offering the perfect opportunity to enjoy all that this spectacular city in Denmark has to offer.