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 Museums, Social, Arts, Museums, Landmarks

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.

  • 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.

  • 60 DKK in some months.

  • Buses on Viborgvej

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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

  • 41.94% 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 Friday

63.44% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Old Town

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

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • A great open-air museum (which includes indoor exhibitions), highly recommended to anyone who wants to take a trip back in time and witness Danish life as it was in previous centuries. Tip: wear solid shoes and watch your step : some of the steps and cobble stones can be a bit tricky, as they are literally from another century!

  • Educational and entertaining at the same time especially when you are accompanied by your curious kids. Take the whole day to visit this place. It is better to go there as soon as they open so that you can cover all the places. The restaurant inside serves good quality Danish cuisine. Wonderful experience, indeed!

  • Superb museum with „actors“, three epoches & open doors - you’ll feel like being in those days. In particular interesting is the 1974-era, really enjoyed the hippie-flat and moped repair shop! Worth spending a day in! Restaurants and snacks are available, as well as various places to sit and relax. Great for children is the mini boat trip on a small lake.

  • I really enjoyed the 1970 replica homes and interviews with the residents of those homes. I gave me a good idea of more recent Danish Culture. The replica of the renowned Jazz Club was the highlight.

  • An open air live museum. An old town in the middle of Aarhus. A great way to learn and teach kids about how people lived in other times, from the 1700s to the 1970s. Kids loved to play with old games, see the inside of old houses, professions, etc. Inside, you can buy food and drinks. Prices are about the same you would pay anywhere in Aarhus. Highly recommended.

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