Aarhus Tourism

Alternatively known as the City of Smiles and the City of Cafes, Denmark’s second largest town is a charming mixture of the old and the new. This romantic mix is a delight to all the young couples who visit the city – indeed, Aarhus has the lowest average age in population in all of Denmark.

 It’s culturally rich, thanks in a large part to it’s student population and this is celebrated with one of Europe’s most popular cultural festivals: the Aarhus Festival Week.

 The town was originally a Viking settlement. Over the next thousand years, while the favourable geographic location directed much progress it’s way, it also brought the plague, fires and invaders, a combo that the town suffered much from. Still, it persevered, especially due to the expansion of the expansion of the railway and the harbour (which is one of the most important in northern Europe.

Aarhus is also twinned with several sister cities from all over Europe: Bergen, Gothenburg,  Turku, Kujalleq, Harbin, St. Petersburg, and Rostock.

Essential travel information and Aarhus tips for your visit

  • Finish everything on your plate
  • Make eye contact during a toast and raise glass to eye level
  • Leave a 10% tip at restaurants
  • Open a gift immediately. Wrap flowers before giving
  • Say thank you a lot
  • Don’t arrive more than 15 minutes late.
  • Don’t shake hands with men first
  • Don’t call anyone by their first name till invited to do so.
  • Don’t try too much small talk.
  • Don’t be touchy feely.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Aarhus

  • AarhusCARD
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  • Save 6% Historical Walking Tour in Aarhus
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    Duration: 2 Hrs

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  • Know the pollution level of Aarhus before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 29.17 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 22.92 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 14.58 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 29.17 (Low)
  • How safe is Aarhus for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Aarhus.

    • Burglary and Theft 19.83 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 13.79 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 16.38 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 12.93 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 11.61 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 24.14 (Low)
    • Attacks 15.52 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 23.28 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 93.97 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 78.33 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 16.38 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 11.21 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 30.17 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Aarhus is 206.21 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 80.8 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 81.2 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 25 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 22.77 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 80.05 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 89.94 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.15 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 114.93 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Aarhus

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.19 USD
    • International Movie per seat 14.54 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 41.15 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 113.68 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 108.39 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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