The Old Town

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  • Address: Viborgvej 2, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark, 8000
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +45-86123188
  • Ticket Price: 135 DKK
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Historical Site, Family And Kids, Old Town, Specialty Museum, Social, Arts, Museums, Landmarks

The Old Town - Review

The world’s first open air museum (since 1914) has another distinction: it’s one of the only ones to recreate a town rather than a village. About 25 antique buildings, a number of pretty period gardens, and staff dressed in historically accurate wardrobe bring to life the illusion of a historical town – and it’s really a charming illusion. The atmosphere and immersion is unbeatable.

You abso-posi-mustly check out the Coin Master's Mansion fromCopenhagen (c. 1683), the Mayor's House from Aarhus (c. 1597), a merchant's house also from Århus(c. 1723) and the Aalborg Estate from Aalborg (c. 1570 and 1807) – and yes, in case you were wondering – all these buildings were disassembled from their original locations and brought here to be reassembled. Must see exhibits include The Danish Clock Museum, the Toy Museum, a silverware exhibit, a pottery exhibit and the Textile Museum – though there are several others in other buildings that you can walk in and out of.

The five enchanting gardens are the Pharmacy Garden, a baroque style garden that grows historical medicinal plants; the Commercial Greenery Bernstoff, which grows flowers and spices; Ms. Wahlstrøm's Garden, the reconstruction of a private 1920s garden; the The Residential Garden, an 19th century upper class kitchen garden; and The Renaissance Garden, which is part of the mayor’s house.

Also check out the bookstore, post office, bakery, blacksmith, customs office, school and theatre.

The Old Town Information

  • Entry is free under eighteen years.
  • Students get further discounted prices.
  • Opening and closing times may vary by upto an hour depending on the month. Check website.
  • a.k.a National Open Air Museum of Urban history and Culture.

The Old Town Ticket Prices

  • 60 DKK in some months.

How To reach The Old Town by Public Transport

  • Buses on Viborgvej

Restaurants Near The Old Town

  • Vesterbro Pizzaria
  • Marco Polo
  • Indian Curry House

 

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  • The Old Town Address: Viborgvej 2, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark, 8000
  • The Old Town Contact Number: +45-86123188
  • The Old Town Timing: 24-hrs
  • The Old Town Price: 135 DKK
  • Best time to visit The Old Town(preferred time): 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The Old Town: 04:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Aarhus include The Old Town in their plan

  • 48% of people start their The Old Town visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see The Old Town

Monday, Tuesday and Sunday

87.37% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Old Town

People normally club together Aros Aarhus Kunstmuesum and Steno Museet while planning their visit to The Old Town.

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  • It's amazing! It's an open air recreation of the Aarhus across centuries. I visited to get a better understanding of what life may have been like for my ancestors (last of my family left Aarhus in the late 1800s). It's easy to look at it as a fun museum, but when you really think about where you came from and what your ancestors lived through, it's an amazing experience. Besides the personal side, it's clean, well organized, and huge! I spent 3 hours there and could have spent another 2 easily. There's an indoor museum that's one of the best I've ever been to. It's more experiential than others. And it's relatively cheap.

  • There's something to experience here no matter what time of year you come. They have different exhibitions, sometimes with actors, and you can enter a lot of the houses to see how people used to live. There's some stores and a baker selling things made with old recipes. Staff is always friendly and helpful. There's also some good opportunities to try different old-style foods. Christmas is my favourite time of year, since they break out the old Christmas recipes and fill the whole area with delicious smells. Some of the houses get decorated for Christmas out and in, and you can visit the old "Nisse" (or "Elf") for rice porridge and give him a wish list.

  • If you want to learn about Denmark, this is the place to go. Great for kids and adults alike, since the experience is so immersive. Walking around in cities like they used to look like is something I have not experienced like this before. Everything is so thorough and there has been paid A LOT of attention to all details. Many artifacts I have never seen before, but they are here, some original some not. They also have actors walking around and pretending to be in the period you are in, which gives it the final convincing touch. Go during the summer or Christmas.

  • There is more here than can be appreciated in a single day. Historic buildings have been reconstructed, many with people carrying out the various trades and occupations. My favourite was the bakery where you could purchase traditional danish fresh baked cakes. It now includes a more modern section with post war and 1970’s buildings which included a reconstruction of a small jazz bar (where you can buy a beer and sit at the bar). The evolution of light switches and taps. The whole experience can be very immersive if you get into the spirit of it making you feel like you are really present in the past.

  • In '' den Gamle By'' you can see how Danes lived through the centuries. The buildings from different centuries have been moved here and the story beyond every building has been brought to the visitor. During my visit there Queen of Denmark's Dresses were displayed in an exhibition and I must say her dress recycling skills may impress the world, considering that today's world is so fuelled with the desire to buy more and more. It was a delight to visit this almost open museum like attraction. I would recommend taking an entire day off to thoroughly visit the den Gamle By.

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