Aarhus Botanical Garden (Botanisk Have) was founded in 1875 and covers an impressive 53 acres.Highlights are the large hothouses with subtropical plants from around the world, recently renovated with the addition of a large tropical dome.
First mentioned in 928 AD as the see of a Bishop, it received its municipal charter in 1441, and throughout the Middle Ages, served as an important commercial, seafaring, and fishing center - a tradition that lives on due to the area's popularity among sports anglers.Over the centuries, trade in agricultural goods spread to Germany, the Netherlands, and Norway, and merchants from other countries also settled here.The wealth they helped create is still evident in the many well-preserved Renaissance buildings around the city.Also of note is the nearby Pig Fountain, or Grisebronden (it's nicer looking than it sounds), and at the foot of the City Hall tower is a lovely fountain called In the basement of a large bank, the Viking Museum (Vikingemuseet) consists of collections based upon the discoveries made by builders when excavating the bank's foundations in the 1960s.The museum paints a fascinating picture of the Viking community that made Aarhus its home some thousand or more years ago.
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Afterwards, stick around for a little sustenance at the onsite café or restaurant, and take in a show, a lecture, or a guided tour.The Old Town (Den Gamle By) is an open-air museum consisting of more than 75 historic buildings collected from across Denmark, dismantled, and reassembled in Aarhus for preservation.Faced with Norwegian marble, the highlight of the building is its stunning 60-meter-high tower with fine views of the city and bay. Interior tours include a visit to the Civic Hall, the Council Chamber, and the Marriage Room, each beautifully designed and edged in sumptuous wood trim and accents.Highlights of the beautifully bright interior include the winged altar from 1497 with its rich array of figures, along with the beautifully carved 16th-century pulpit, two organs, and a font.
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Dating from the 16th to the early 20th century, this remarkable collection has been assembled as if it really was an authentic old town, an effect enhanced by the superb old houses, shops, workshops, and windmills.
Highlights include the old Burgomaster's house from 1597, home to a fine collection of furniture; as well as a merchant's house; a stilt-house; a two-storied stone house; and a storehouse.
Highlights include remains of the ramparts that once surrounded the settlement, a reconstruction of a typical house from the Viking period, and ancient tools.
Try to plan your visit to coincide with the famous Viking Moot at Moesgård Beach event, a fascinating weekend in July that attracts would-be Vikings from across Europe to share in the culture and lore of this fascinating period of Danish history.