Aarhus is dubbed the ‘City of Smiles’. And it’s easy to see why the locals are so happy with their surroundings. Set on the Jutland Peninsula, there’s no shortage of pretty views – whether it’s the deer-filled parks in the heart of the city, or the nearby beaches, forests and lakes. Plus, a collection of Scandi-cool restaurants and galleries have sprung up alongside the old docks and Latin Quarter. Things are set to get even livelier, too, as it’s just been named one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2017.
• Wander around the open-air museum of Den Gamle By. Here, 75 original Danish buildings have been meticulously reconstructed, so you can take in old houses, shops, workshops and windmills.
• Aarhus’ art museum showcases nine floors’ worth of Danish art. Its crowning glory is a circular rooftop walkway giving tourists a rainbow-tinted view of the city.
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Beautiful landscape, old manor houses and cobblestone streets will be your companions on this tour. A scenic drive takes you through craggy hills of Mols Bjerge national park to the chocolate-box pretty town of Ebeltoft. Explore the narrow cobbled streets. Admire old half-timbered houses. And snap the smallest unaltered Town Hall in Denmark on your digital. Here you will visit the Ebeltoft Glass Museum, before jumping back onboard your coach to pass the Frigate Jutland - the longest wooden ship in the world! Your final stop is the storybook-esque Rosenholm 'Castle', which has been with the same family since it was built in 1570. You'll have a guided visit of this beautiful manor house before returning to the ship.
Aarhus City Highlights►
Slip on your walking boots and explore the so-called ‘world’s smallest big city’. This tour kicks off with a visit to Aarhus Cathedral to see its gorgeous gothic towers. Next comes a driving tour of the enchanting Old Town - the second largest in Denmark. See the City Hall in all its Norwegian marble glory and sigh over the magnificent Music Hall. And these are just a few of the seductive sights you’ll see here. Your local guide will take you for a walk through the open-air museum of the Old Town ‘Den Gamle By’, with its stunning collection of medieval buildings, cobblestone streets and dinky, traditional boutiques.
Silkeborg - The Lake Highlands Of Denmark►
For a taste of the traditional, this tour takes you to Himmelbjerget, the 'heavenly mountain', rising 147m above sea level. Take in the stunning views and then make a short stop at a local pastry shop for some coffee and, you guessed it, a Danish pastry! Next you’ll head to Denmark’s own Lake District – Silkeborg. All green countryside, peacock-blue lakes and ribbons of storybook-like forest, this place is certainly easy on the eye. Your guided walk will show you the most enchanting parts of this charming town. The narrow streets. The Medieval houses. And the Silkeborg Museum. Here you can see the Iron Age Exhibition’s most famous resident, the Tollund Man – a peat preserved body dating back to pre-historic times.