Aalborg (Denmark) is a charming town in the northern part of Denmark, decorated with cozy houses in the Renaissance style. Despite the fact that Aalborg is the industrial center of Northern Jutland, there are a large number of historical and architectural attractions that can tell many fascinating stories. The main feature is Yomfru Ane Street, it consists entirely of restaurants, taverns and bars, many establishments have terraces.
The city of Aalborg is located in the northern part of Denmark, in addition to the status of an industrial center, the settlement is also called a campus, since there are a large number of educational institutions.
In terms of population, Aalborg is fourth in Denmark. Mention of the first settlements dates back to 700 BC. The settlement was actively developing largely due to its convenient geographical location – on the banks of the River Ljordfjord. For a long time, Aalborg developed as a large port and commercial settlement.
Good to know! In the past, the city was called Alabu, which means “housing by the stream.” The remains of ancient settlements have been preserved on a hill that rises above the settlement.
Interesting facts about the city:
- at the beginning of the 16th century received a monopoly on herring;
- in the mid-14th century received city status;
- in the 19th century, Aalborg was not much inferior in its importance to the capital of Denmark – Copenhagen;
- Aalborg is often called the “little northern Paris.”
Interesting fact! The survey showed that Aalborg is the happiest city in Denmark. 74% of the respondents are very satisfied with their lives and another 24% are satisfied. In a city with a population of 105 thousand inhabitants, 98% of people are happy that they live in Aalborg.
Advertising leaflets dedicated to the city traditionally display photographs of Aalborg’s famous sights: St. Budolfi’s Cathedral, Aalborghus Castle, and Jens Bang’s House. The palace is still the residence of the royal family, but is open to visitors – tourists can visit the garden and park complex.
The ancient Viking settlement is located in the northern suburb of Aalborg. This is the largest Viking settlement, excavations have been conducted here for 60 years and you can see many interesting artifacts of the German Iron Age and the Viking Age.
Good to know! In 2017, Lindholm Hee was included in the list of the most interesting places in the city and Denmark in general.
For a long time the historical site was hidden by an impressive sand layer, however, as a result of excavations, artifacts that are already 1000 years old have been discovered. At the excavation site, 682 graves and one and a half hundred stone ships were discovered. A village was found north of the excavation site, where the remains of houses, wells and fences have been preserved.
Lindholm Hee exhibits found during excavations. This is an amazing place where history comes to life. The restored relics reflect the characteristics of the life and life of the Vikings. The illustrations and reconstructions demonstrate how the Vikings worked, what decorated the housing, what dishes were prepared, how the material was woven and where cattle were kept.
Interesting fact! One of the most interesting museum stories is dedicated to the fire, which happened for unexplained, mysterious reasons. Fire destroyed farms more than two thousand years ago.
To get to the place of burial of the Vikings, you can use a rented car, bicycle or bus number 13.
- High season (from April to October inclusive) – from Tuesday to Sunday from 10-00 to 17-00;
- Low season (from November to March inclusive) – from Tuesday to Sunday from 10-00 to 16-00.
- adult – 75 DKK;
- students and seniors – 60 DKK;
- children under 18 fly – admission is free.
The main symbol of Denmark’s prosperity is children. This principle applies not only to family relationships, but is also used by the owners of the local zoo. The main mission of its employees is to provide the most comfortable living conditions for each pet. Thanks to this, white cubs, lion cubs, giraffes, anteaters, pandas, armadillos and oryxes are regularly born in the zoo.
Good to know! The secret of such a birth is the most accurate recreation of the animal’s natural habitat.
For the first time, the zoo received visitors in 1935 and today it is the largest habitat for animals in Denmark. On the territory of the attraction not only numerous species of animals live, but also scientific work is being carried out, international events are being held here to preserve and breed rare animals.
The zoo occupies 8 hectares of land, on which more than one and a half thousand animals live. Near the main entrance there is a list of all animals living in the park, and a list of services.
The park recreated all climatic conditions for a comfortable and natural living of animals. Artificially created rivers are perfect for crocodiles, tropical rainforests are a comfortable house for monkeys, the African savannah zone is inhabited by elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, and rhinos.
On a note! For guests equipped with special platforms from which you can watch the animals.
The park is located 4 km from the city center, can be reached by buses number 11 or S1.
- adult from 160 to 190 kroons;
- children (over 3 years old) – 99 kroons.
Children under 3 years old admission is free.
Construction work began in 1968, the project was created by Finnish architects. The museum was opened for tourists after 4 years in 1972. The exhibits are located on an area of 6 thousand m2. The facade of the building is decorated with Carrara marble. The uniqueness of the project is that the location of the halls can be changed depending on the subject and features of the exhibits of a particular exhibition. Mostly daylight is used to illuminate the halls.
The building consists of seven rooms:
- chamber music;
- conference room;
- two auditoriums;
There is also a cafe and administrative premises. Nearby is a beautiful garden decorated with sculptures.
The characteristic features of the exhibition are to demonstrate to visitors the evolution from naturalism to abstraction. The exhibition “Ugly or Beautiful?” Is of genuine interest.
You can get there by buses No. 15, 23N, 38 and 50N. The stop is called Skovbakkevej.
- Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – from 10-00 to 17-00;
- Wednesday – from 10-00 to 21-00.
Monday is a day off.
The cafe closes 30 minutes before the end of the museum. The gift shop operates on the same schedule as the museum.
- adult – 110 kroons;
- student and senior citizens – 60 kroons;
- Children under 18 years old admission is free.
Among the exhibits you can find army items, equipment of the air force, police, rescue teams. The exposition covers a time period of two hundred years. The main feature of the exhibition is that visitors can come close to each exhibit and view it. Here are tanks, military equipment, weapons. Of particular interest is the Air Force exhibition, which displays the development of the US Air Force since 1951. One of the exhibitions is dedicated to the royal regiment. In 2009, an exhibition dedicated to the period from 1940 to 1945 was opened. At this time, Aalborg turned into a garrison city. The exhibition during the Second World War covers, in addition to Denmark, another 14 countries.
Note! If desired, you can purchase a joint ticket to the Army Museum and the Marine Science Center.
You can get on bus line 2. The name of the stop is “Skydebanevej”.
- from April to June inclusive and from September to October inclusive – from 10-00 to 16-00;
- from July to August inclusive – from 10-00 to 17-00.
- adult – 60 DKK;
- for pensioners – 50 DKK;
- children – 30 DKK.
There are many picturesque parks in Aalborg, but the Music Park is rightfully considered the most interesting. This unusual attraction turns for guests into an amazing quest. Music boxes are set next to the trees, each reproducing famous musical works. Moving from tree to tree, listening to popular tunes, you can spend several hours.
The park was founded in the 80s when, on the initiative of the city authorities, musicians performing in Aalborg planted trees – oaks and cherries. Today, more than 80 trees grow in the park. In 2012, each plant acquired the voice of the performer who planted it. The tree has special machines with famous hits. Just press the button and enjoy the music.
The attraction is open around the clock and is located in the center of Aalborg.
A large port city in Denmark, which, thanks to its favorable geographical location, has been actively developing, Even today, the port is actively fishing (herring and eel) and merchant ships call.
Historically, life in the city has been concentrated in and near the port. Also in the port there is a yacht club, where athletes from all over the world come all year round. Many tourists come to the port to rent a snow-white yacht and enjoy their vacation, basking in the rays of the northern sun.
Port is a favorite vacation spot for locals and tourists. Recently, the port has been reconstructed and decorated with maximum comfort for tourists. Comfortable deckchairs and hammocks are installed on the promenade, where you can watch the port and the sea view. To design the embankment used rusty metal, asphalt, concrete. Plants were planted in such a way that they resembled natural meadows and forests. For a long time there was nothing in the port area except industrial facilities and the market. After the reconstruction, the port of Aalborg was transformed and became the original attraction of the city. People got access to water, landed a park on the embankment, equipped places for relaxation and active games.
Interesting fact! The reconstruction of the embankment and port took 11 years. Today it is a kilometer stretch where natural landscapes and city landscapes are combined.
You can get to the port by buses No. 1, 2, 12, 13, 15, 21N, 22N, 23N, 24N, 27N, 50N, 54N, 70N, 71N, 72N, 73N, 74N, S2 and S3.
Accommodation in Aalborg
Of course, Copenhagen offers the largest selection of accommodation for tourists, but in Aalborg there are no less than hotels, hotels, apartments and guesthouses. Most places to stay are concentrated in the old part of the city, next to castles, museums and cathedrals.
Good to know! There are no hostels in Aalborg, but you can book accommodation at the guesthouse, which offers parking, breakfast and free wi-fi.
The minimum cost for a three-star hotel in the summer is 89 euros, and for a 4-star hotel, 98 euros.
Weather and climate
Aalborg is a northern city, so there is no hot weather and exhausting sun. The climate in the city is marine, with a lot of rainfall throughout the year.
The warmest weather in Aalborg is in July, the air warms up to +23 degrees, and the coldest in January – -1 degree. The best time to travel is June, July, August and September. At this time, the least rain falls, but the sun shines up to 17 days a month.
Good to know! The best beaches of Aalborg are located outside the city.
How to get to Aalborg
7 km from the city center is the international airport. Buses run every 30 minutes from the terminal building to Aalborg. The airport accepts 28 aircraft carriers, as well as charter flights.
Check-in for a domestic flight starts 2 hours before departure, and ends in 40 minutes. If the flight is international, check-in is announced 2 hours 30 minutes and ends 40 minutes before departure.
Between the capital of Denmark and Aalborg railway connection is established. The journey takes 4.5 hours.
Intercity buses also run from Copenhagen to Aalborg. Tourists come to Kennedys Plads.
It is most convenient to travel around the city by taxi, bus or rent a car. Almost all bus routes pass through the city center; the minimum ticket price is 22 DKK.
Prices on the page are for May 2018.
If we evaluate Aalborg (Denmark) from the point of view of a real estate agent, we can say that this is a city with great potential. There are more than three hundred casinos, cafes, restaurants, shops, nightclubs. Rare animals are raised in the zoo, and the sights of the city will tell tourists amazing stories of a thousand years ago.
Video: “Welcome to Aalborg, Denmark.”