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The Old Town, Aarhus

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Den Gamle By, or The Old Town in English, is an open-air town museum located in the Aarhus Botanical Gardens, in central Aarhus, Denmark. In 1914, the museum opened as the world's first open-air museum of its kind, concentrating on town culture rather than village culture, and to this day it remains one of just a few top rated Danish museums outside Copenhagen, serving more than 400,000 visitors pr. year. Today the museum consists of 75 historical buildings collected from 20 townships in all parts of the country. The town itself is the main attraction but most buildings are open for visitors; rooms are either decorated in the original historical style or organized into larger exhibits of which there are 5 regular with varying themes.

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ARoS Kunstmuseum

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The ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum is an art museum in Aarhus, Denmark. The museum was established in 1859 and is the oldest public art museum in Denmark outside Copenhagen. On 8 April 2004, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum opened with exhibitions in a brand new modern building, 10 storeys tall with a total floor area of 20,700 m² and designed by Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen. Today ARoS is one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe with a total of 980,909 visitors in 2017.

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Tangkrogen

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Tangkrogen (lit.: The Kelp-nook) is a public park in Aarhus, Denmark. The park is situated in the neighborhood Midtbyen by the coast with the Bay of Aarhus to the southeast, the Marselisborg neighborhood to the West and the Port of Aarhus to the North. The park is bounded by Strandvejen and Marselis Havnevej across from Chr. Filtenborgs Square. It is a municipal park managed by the Nature and Environment departmant (Danish: Natur og Miljø) of Aarhus Municipality. Tangkrogen got its name from the kelp that filled the cove when recreational jetties were constructed when the city of Aarhus initially developed the area into a public park in the early 20th century.

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Musikhuset Aarhus

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Musikhuset Aarhus (Aarhus Concert Hall) is a large concert hall complex in Aarhus, Denmark. Located in the city centre, Musikhuset is Aarhus' main venue for music and with seating for more than 3,600 people in total, it is the largest concert hall in Scandinavia. Musikhuset Aarhus was designed by Kjær & Richter and built in 1979-1982, commissioned by Aarhus Municipality.

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Botanical Garden

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Aarhus Botanical Gardens is a botanical garden in Aarhus, Denmark. It is located north of the Old Town open-air village museum and was founded in 1875. Nowadays it covers an area of 21.5 hectares (53 acres), with 5 hectares (12 acres) for the Old Town.

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Mindeparken

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Mindeparken (English: The Memorial Park) is a memorial park and recreational area in the south of Aarhus City, next to Marselisborg Palace.

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Moesgaard Museum

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Moesgaard Museum (MOMU) is a Danish regional museum dedicated to archaeology and ethnography. It is located in Højbjerg, a suburb of Aarhus, Denmark.

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Aarhus Teater

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The Aarhus Theatre (Danish: Aarhus Teater) in Aarhus, is the largest provincial theatre in Denmark.The present theatre house was constructed in the late 19th century, as a replacement for the old theatre, nicknamed "Svedekassen" (The Sweat-box). Since Aarhus had grown to become Jutland's biggest city during the 19th century, the old theatre had become too small to serve the public demand. A new building was designed by the Danish architect Hack Kampmann (1856–1920), and the construction began on 12 August 1898. Only two years later, Aarhus Theatre stood completed and was inaugurated on 15 September 1900.

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Mølleparken

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Mølleparken (Lit. The Mill Park) is a park in the city of Aarhus located in Midtbyen. Mølleparken was constructed in 1926 where the, by then obsolete, mills of the city had been situated by the river since 1289. Today the park lies by the Aarhus River and the ARoS Art Museum and functions as a section of a pedestrian arterial from ARoS to the Latin Quarter.Mølleparken was extensively redesigned in 2006-2008, as part of the opening of the Aarhus River and now contains large areas for public recreation and facilities for street sports, including basket ball, panna, table tennis and concrete board game tables for playing chess, backgammon and checkers.

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Tivoli Friheden

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Tivoli Friheden is an amusement park located in Aarhus, Denmark. The park was visited by more than 365,000 visitors in 2009, and the figure is rising. The park is situated about 2 km to the south of the city centre. It has several themed sections with different types of attractions. There are more than 40 attractions.The water section (Tivoli VanDvittig) covers an area of 5,000 m2.

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Borum

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Kunsthal Aarhus

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Kunsthal Aarhus is a contemporary arts centre located at the heart of the city of Aarhus in Denmark.The institution initiates, commissions, produces and presents art at an international level to local, regional, and international audiences. Kunsthal Aarhus has its focus on cutting edge art in a broad context and to a wide audience, as part of a sustainable approach. It provides a research based participatory, collaborative and transdisciplinary platform for artistic experimentation and critical engagement. Kunsthal Aarhus strives to be an inclusive, transparent, dynamic and flexible institution that fosters the culture of appreciation and values diversity of contributions.

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The Viking Museum

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The Viking Museum (Danish: Vikingemuseet) is a small underground museum in central Aarhus, Denmark. It is located at Sankt Clemens Torv (square of St. Clement), beneath the Nordea bank building.The Viking Museum is in situ, ie. situated upon the very site of the archaeological excavations it exhibits. The excavations were conducted in the 1960s, 3 m (9.8 ft) below street level, and revealed various Viking Age structures, items, and parts of a human skeleton. The museum provides information regarding the history of Viking Age Aarhus in general and also features copies of items on display at the much larger Moesgaard Museum to the south of Aarhus.

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Marselisborg Forests

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Marselisborg Forests (Danish: Marselisborgskovene), or simply Marselisborg Forest, is a 1,300 hectares (3,200 acres) forest to the south of Aarhus City in the Kingdom of Denmark. Many present day sources now includes the forest of Fløjstrup, as part of the Marselisborg Forests, upping the total area with another 200 hectares (490 acres). Marselisborg Forests runs along the coastline of the Aarhus Bay in a hilly terrain with steep slopes and deep gullies, especially at the shoreline. There are many traces of prehistoric activities here and the landscape have been covered by woodlands for thousands of years.

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Brabrand Lake

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Brabrand Lake (Danish: Brabrand-søen or Brabrand Sø) is a lake in the district of Brabrand (Gellerup), west of Aarhus city, Denmark. The Aarhus River passes through Brabrand Lake and it is possible to canoe all the way to the inner city from here. The lake is oblong-shaped.

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Moesgård Beach

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Moesgård Beach is a public Blue Flag beach in Aarhus Municipality in Denmark. The beach is located in the southern outskirts of Aarhus in the Marselisborg Forests on the Bay of Aarhus in the suburb of Højbjerg. Helgenæs lies across the bay to the east, a bit inland to the west is the Marselisborg Deer Park and to the north is the Varna Palace. The beach area is some 1000 meters long and between 25 and 40 meters wide. It is a white sandy beach with occasional rows of boulders extending into the sea, for coastal erosion protection. Moesgård Beach is popular for sunbathing and swimming due to the shielding effects and scenic views of the nearby forests on the steep hillsides to the west. The beach has a single jetty extending some 20 meters into the sea, offering a platform to jump from or relax on. The Beach is open year-round for everyone at no charge.

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City Hall Park, Aarhus

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Rådhusparken (lit. The City Hall Park) is a public park in central Aarhus, Denmark. The park is situated by the City Hall in the Indre By neighborhood of Midtbyen, along the streets Frederiks Allé to the west, Park Allé to the east and Banegårdsgade to the south. The park lies within a scenic semi-circle of some of the more important cultural and political institutions in the city; the Concert Hall, the ARoS Art Museum, Vester Allés Kaserne and the city hall. The City Hall Park was listed along with the adjacent city hall on 10 March 1995.

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Ballehage Strand

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Ballehage Beach is an urban, public beach in the southern parts of Aarhus, Denmark and from 1929 it is one of the oldest sea baths in Denmark. Ballehage Beach is situated in the Marselisborg Forests on the Bay of Aarhus in the suburb of Højbjerg, south of Marselisborg Yacht Harbour and the Aarhus River mouth. Helgenæs lies across the bay to the east, a bit inland to the west is the Marselisborg Deer Park and to the north is the Varna Palace. The beach area is some 1,000 metres (1,000 yards) long and between 10 and 30 metres (30 and 100 feet) wide. It is a white sandy beach with occasional rows of boulders extending into the sea, for coastal erosion protection. Ballehage Beach is popular for sunbathing and swimming due to the shielding effect and scenic view of the nearby forest on the steep hillsides to the west. The beach has a single jetty extending some 20 metres (66 feet) into the sea, offering a platform to jump from or relax on. There are outdoor changing facilities, toilets and storage areas. The Beach is open year-round for everyone at no charge.

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Vilhelmsborg

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Vilhelmsborg is the National Equestrian Centre of Denmark and a listed building in Aarhus Municipality. The main manor building was completed in 1842 and was listed by the Danish Heritage Agency on 3 March 1945. The manor lies 10 km. south of Aarhus, by Beder-Malling in Mårslet Parish, and is today owned by Aarhus Municipality along with 288 hectares of adjoining land.In the 19th century H. C. Andersen lived on the Vilhelmsborg estate on several occasions and some of his fairy tales are said to have been inspired by the view of Mols from his window. Johan Skjoldborg also frequented the estate and his novel Gyldholm depicts the hardships of farm hands by the end of the 19th century.

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ARoS

One of Denmark’s largest museums. Be sure to check out the '9 Spaces', a maze of black-walled galleries. A recent addition by Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, "Your Rainbow Panorama", offers a splendid roof-top view of the city inside a circular walkway with rainbow-coloured windows. There is a café with dining options in the lounge area at the entrance and a celebrated high-end gourmet restaurant by the name [http://en.aros.dk/visit-aros/aros-food-hall/ ARoS Food Hall] at the top floor of the museum.

Rådhuset

This building is considered one of the highlights of Danish architecture, designed by the famous architects Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller in cooperation with equally celebrated furniture designer Hans Wegner. Clad in grey Norwegian marble, it might appear bland to the untrained eye from the outside, but the indoor design is much more intriguing. Every Saturday from 10 to 11:30 guided tours are arranged around the interior of the building. For a fee, you can visit the clock tower and enjoy the view. There are several interesting statues around the town hall. Enjoy the dramatic bronze statue and fountain of "Agnethe og Havmanden" near the city entrance towards the Central Station. It depicts a scene from a Danish fairy tale about Agnethe who falls in love with a merman. From here you can walk through the city entrance and the Town Hall Park and observe more bronze statues and memorial stones. The park is quite lively in the summer, as people tend to flock here as soon as the Sun is out. Don't miss the "Grisebrønden" statue (the well of the pigs) with the drooling and peeing pigs, at the Town Hall Square. You can buy good hotdogs at the Town Hall Square too.

Den Gamle By

Collection of 75 original Danish buildings dating from 1597 to 1909 moved to create an open-air museum village; there are historical shops and restaurants, some true to the period. A few volunteers and staff members are dressed up in historic clothes and sometimes events are arranged. You can buy a trip with an authentic horse carriage around the museums cobblestone streets or through the park. Currently a whole new section is being added to the village, showcasing town culture and buildings from the 20th century, including a bakery, several stores, a poster museum and a jazz club. The new quarter is mostly finished and can be experienced as part of the entire village. Be sure to spend some time in the large surrounding '''Botanical Garden''' and the new '''[http://sciencemuseerne.dk/en/botanical-garden/ Greenhouses]'''. Both are free, but not the museum.

The University Park

Designed by famous Danish architects C.F.Møller, Kaj Fisker (buildings) and C. Th. Sørensen (landscape garden) is another noteworthy piece of architecture. Here you find the State Library, a landmark highrise in characteristic yellow brick, '''[http://antikmuseet.au.dk/ Antikmuseet]''' a museum of antique Mediterranean culture and art, a '''[http://www.naturhistoriskmuseum.dk/ Natural History Museum]''', and the '''[http://sciencemuseerne.dk/en/steno-museum/ Steno Museum]''' with historic collections on science and medicine. The park itself is worth a visit on its own, year round.

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This large state-of-the-art public library at the harbour front opened in the summer of 2015. It is the largest public library in northern Europe and is designed as a public meeting place for all kinds of activities. Enjoy the peculiar and futuristic architecture or engage in the library's many arrangements. Guided tours are arranged with regular intervals. Good café and an interesting four-section outside playground (adults may try the slides too!). There is a specialized toddlers' play section inside too. Large subterranean robotic car park below the building. Great for kids and adults alike. The whole building is accessible to wheelchairs.

Aarhus Domkirke

The beautiful cathedral is over 800 years old, and both the longest and tallest in Denmark. Next to it, is Aarhus Cathedral School, also with an 800 year history. Concerts are sometimes arranged in the church. The tower offers a good view. Across from the cathedral is an old subterranean monks cellar. It was formerly part of the cathedral complex, with an underground tunnel, and is now a bar and nightclub.

Aarhus Viking Museum

Small Viking museum located in the basement of the Nordea Bank next to the cathedral.

Vor Frue Kirke

Church with an interesting crypt church in the basement, built around 1060. It is one of the oldest still existing stone churches in Scandinavia, maybe the oldest. Through a door on the left inside the church you can enter a former monastery with an atrium garden.

Kunsthal Aarhus

An arts centre, promoting contemporary art. Built and established in 1917, it is one of the oldest arts centres in Europe.

Mindeparken

This memorial park offers a panoramic view of the Bay of Aarhus. Many larger events are held here and when the weather permits, citizens flock to relax here. The park is centered around an extensive lawn but has several interesting sections of different designs, including a grove of Japanese cherry trees and a flower and sculpture garden. It also contains the largest World War I memorial in the country, commemorating 4,000 dead Danish soldiers. Many interesting places are nearby, including the '''[http://kongehuset.dk/Slotte-og-Kongeskibet/marselisborg-slot/marselisborg-slot Marselisborg Palace]''', '''Aarhus Forestry Botanical Garden''', the '''[http://www.parkarena.dk/ Ceres Park & Arena]''' stadium, '''[http://www.danskhv.dk/jvb/ Aarhus Racecourse]''' and the extensive '''Marselisborg Forests'''. The Marselisborg Palace immediately west of Mindeparken is the Queen's summer residence. The small palace and surrounding garden-park is fenced, but open to the public when the Queen is not in residence. It is dotted with sculptures as Prince Consort Henrik, the Queen's husband, is an avid art collector. See the main entrance for details.

Moesgaard Museum

Stupendous architecture: a vast prism of a building that stretches down its grassy hill. The central staircase provides an innovative route into human evolution and prehistory. The museum hosts large changing themed exhibitions from cultures around the world but is also a fantastic place to study Danish prehistory in particular. The main permanent attractions in this regard are an artificial reconstruction of a large nearby Bronze Age roundbarrow that you can walk inside and two finds from the Nordic Iron Age: Grauballe Man, the only completely preserved bog body, and the impressive sacrifice of weapons from Illerup Ådal. The museum re-opened in the brand new iconic building in October 2014. Excellent museum restaurant and café. The large historical landscape below the museum is also worth a visit in itself and is free and accessible year round.

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