Aalborg Cruises, Denmark
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This whistle-stop tour of Aalborg ticks off all the city’s best bits. First up is Lindholm Hoje, a huge Viking burial site that sits to the north of the main town. More than 700 graves have been excavated since the Fifties, and it’s thought some of them date as far back as the 13th century. It’s a spectacular, if somewhat eerie, place and there’s a great little Viking Museum that’s worth a visit. It was given a makeover last year, and you’ll find a fascinating new exhibition revealing what the area was like in Viking times. Later, you’ll head into the city centre, passing by the Town Hall and the lively harbour. Last up on the agenda is the Nordjylland Art Museum. Dating back to 1972 it was designed by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and holds a large collection of modern Danish and international art from the 20th century.
There’s no better way to really get to know a place than on foot, and that’s certainly true of Aalborg. The city is a mixed bag of the old and the new, and you’ll get to check out both faces on this walking tour. Things kick off with a taste of the 16th century in the Budolfi district. You’ll see row upon row of merchants’ houses including the extravagant Jens Bang house. Stretching up for five floors, it’s the biggest Renaissance-style house in Scandinavia. Next, it’s on to the old town, where you’ll tick off the Town Hall, the Monastery of the Holy Ghost and Budolfi Cathedral, a gorgeous 14th-century whitewashed building named after the last Catholic bishop of Aalborg. Finally there’s a trip to the Aalborghus Castle. It looks like something out of Henry VIII’s England, but the timbered walls and courtyards hide a sinister secret. Its dungeons were used to imprison anyone who opposed Denmark's 16th-century King Christian III. Wander through the spooky underground passages before returning to the ship.
Story-telling is the order of the day on this tour of North Jutland, where you’ll learn about two of the most important historical landmarks in the region. First, we’ll visit Saeby, one of the oldest towns in northern Denmark, which is brimming with old-school charm. In the town centre is St Marys, a former monastery established in 1470, which houses impressive chalk paintings dating back to the 16th century. At our next stop, you’ll experience the imposing Voergaard Castle, a Renaissance manor house with a rich history including an attack by a peasant army in 1534. Within its metre-thick walls, we’ll ascend into the tower room and venture down to the dungeons, led by an experienced tour guide who’ll reveal the castle’s secrets. You’ll also view an extensive collection of artefacts including Ming vases, artwork by Raphael and El Greco, and furniture belonging to Louis XIV. See if you can spot the ghost of murderess Ingeborg Skeel, a previous owner whose spirit is now said to haunt Voergaard.