(Contains ads for Aalborg) Have you ever been to Denmark, Copenhagen or a beach holiday? A city trip to Aalborg (around 115,000 inhabitants) in North Jutland is also worthwhile! The city on the Limfjord awaits you with Viking tombs, colorful 17th-century houses, futuristic architecture, a fjord sauna and cinnamon buns. I'll tell you my best tips for Aalborg: about hotels, sights, shopping, cafes and restaurants.
City trip to Aalborg: historic, modern, cozy
My first time Denmark. I was looking forward to it! I spent four days in September in the fourth largest city in the country .
It is the capital of North Jutland , Denmark's tip between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Around 20,000 students live here.
I discovered the multi-faceted, exciting and delicious Aalborg (also called "Alborg" or German outdated "Aalburg").
The city looks back on more than 1,000 years of history . I liked the mix of historical, modern design and a lot of hygge (= coziness).
Carnival in Aalborg - the largest in Northern Europe!
I lived in Cologne for a long time, a carnival stronghold. I was surprised to hear that the biggest carnival in Northern Europe is taking place in Aalborg.
For a full week in May, people celebrate with music and colorful costumes. 60,000 participants are in the parade, with about 100,000 spectators .
Arrival to Aalborg
Many visitors come to the city by car when they are on a beach holiday in Denmark.
For all from northern Germany, the train offers. Otherwise there is an airport in Aalborg. I flew there with KLM from Dusseldorf via Amsterdam.
Centrally located hotel
My beautiful Scandic Aalborg City Hotel with its 168 rooms was right by the convention and cultural center and the train station .
In the morning I was happy about the large breakfast buffet (with vegetarian options). In the evening you can order a drink at the bar.
The whole time in Aalborg I was walking and cycling , which I borrowed for free at the hotel . That worked great!
What's the weather like in Aalborg?
In September I experienced a lot of sun, blue sky and a flower meadow. But also a few rain showers.
The Kridtgraven is great for a picnic in the sunshine . At the 600 meters long and 9 meters deep lake with turquoise blue water you will find peace, many plants and 46 species of birds.
When it rains you can go to the Kunsten Museum , to the Kulturzentrum Nordkraft (in a cool old power station) or eat in one of the cozy cafes " Kanelsnegler" (cinnamon buns ).
Aalborg attractions for your holidays
1) Old town of Aalborg with colorful houses and shopping
You are still in a busy shopping street in the middle of the big city. Then you turn into an alley and experience pure idyll.
The streets Hjelmerstald and Peder Barkes Gade are lined with colorful houses, flowers are blooming and benches invite you to linger. You are a perfect Instagram spot !
"Hjelmerstald" is an Old Danish term for horse stable. The alley was built in the 17th century with horse stables. Today people live there.
My shopping tip: > (Hjelmerstald 15). It is pottery, glass workshop, shop, gallery and sculpture garden in one. Walk under the archway and be enchanted by the 200 year old farm, the nice family and the original artworks.
2) Port Aalborg: Modern Musikkens Hus and Utzon Center
Sitting by the water, going for a walk or riding a bike - the promenade along the Limfjord is very popular.
I lost my heart to the futuristic Musikkens Hus (House of Music) , which opened in 2014. The design by architects Coop Himmelb (l) au reminded me of the sixties.
On nine floors, the building houses four concert halls, five stages, a restaurant, a foyer and classrooms. The largest concert hall accommodates 1,293 guests.
I took almost as many pictures of the building as I did from the Sydney Opera House. Incidentally, this was designed by the Danish designer Jorn Utzon.
The Utzon Center for Design and Architecture - his last work from 2008 - can also be found on the harbor front.
Further highlights there:
- I ate at the beautiful restaurant ship Prinses Juliana (Vestre Havnepromenade 2), a seafood and gourmet restaurant. With a great view to the sunset!
- On Sundays I visited a flea market at the restaurant Fusion.
- Take the Kulturbroen (Culture Bridge) over the fjord for pedestrians and cyclists. I drove on the way to the Viking graves a bit through the beautiful Lindholm Beach Park .
3) Lindholm Hoje: Viking graves near Aalborg
Lindholm Hoje : Here you can visit the museum and in the open air the remains of the Viking graves and houses .
Around 700 graves from the Germanic Iron Age and Viking times occupy a whole hill. It is the largest prehistoric tomb in Scandinavia .
It was completely buried by shifting sand around the year 1000. Thus, the burial ground was well preserved until the excavations began in 1952.
It is best to sit on the bench and enjoy the view over the often circular or oval arranged graves to the forest and the city behind. It is a very quiet, peaceful place .
There were only a few other visitors with me, some with their dogs. And sheep grazed among the stones. One of my absolute favorite places at the Aalborg visit!
4) Delicious street food at The Lighthouse
Crossing the Culture Bridge again, it is not far to the Markhalle The Lighthouse (Skudehavnsvej 35).
In the old furniture factory you will find many street food stalls with 16 different country kitchens , bars and cafes . There are fish and chips, pizza, burgers, sushi or vegetarian curries.
Inside there is room for up to 600 visitors , but you can also eat outside on the fjord.
5) Charming artist's quarter Fjordbyen in Aalborg
Bizarre and very photogenic is the district Fjordbyen fjord . In 1930, fishermen used the huts for nets and fishing equipment. Later they were rebuilt and decorated by the inhabitants of the allotment garden association with loving details.
I could not get enough of the fjord city: there was a hut with cat deco, a pink house, flowers everywhere, and a shark head guarded the bicycles.
6) Vestre Fjordpark: outdoor pool and sauna by the fjord
Vestre Fjordpark is open all year and entrance is free .
In summer I would like to jump from the tower of the open-air swimming pool . Otherwise you can go canoeing or windsurfing.
There is also a really hyggelige sauna with fjord view . After you have warmed up there, you can cool down in the fjord again. Who dares?
7) Park of Music: Singing Trees at Kildeparken
Close to the hotel you will find the Park of Music . There are nearly 100 trees here , some with pillars and the name of a singer or a band in front of it.
Press the button and the music will sound. In my Instagram story highlight "Aalborg" you can listen to a cost test.
Artists who have performed in Aalborg since 1987 have planted the trees. Cliff Richard was the first. Other artists include Sting, Stevie Wonder, Take That, Rod Stewart or Elton John.
When I visited the park, there was music in many places. Groups of friends ran from tree to tree, a few people even danced to the music.
Especially nice: In the run-up to Christmas, some of the trees play Christmas songs .
8) Kunsten - Museum of Modern Art Aalborg
At the Kunsten Museum the museum building is a real eye-catcher: in the airy, bright building (built from 1968 to 72) with its clear design you will find changing exhibitions of Danish and international artists .
A great photo opportunity is also the fountain in the garden . It forms two circles, the fountains come to life again and again.
9) Art By Me: painting ceramics - with coffee and cake
Really cuddly is this cafe (Dannebrogsgade 9) where you can grab the paint brush. Perfect for a group of friends or rainy days.
First choose a ceramic item , then pick your colors at the big color bar and start playing.
I opted for a dog-friendly mug. While I drank coffee and ate chocolate with liquorice flavor, I painted the cup in blue and the dog in brown.
Incidentally, you can find more sights on the Visit Aalborg website .
10) Great cafes and restaurants in Aalborg
Everywhere you will find nice places. I visited these:
For the Sunday brunch you can come to this pretty café. There are seats outside and inside. Pancakes with ice cream or American pancakes with blueberries are served here. And from 9 am to 2 pm, there is an extensive brunch, with scrambled eggs, croissants and fresh fruit.
If I lived here, that would be my regular café. You can sit outside or make yourself comfortable indoors. Everything looks very colorful and cheerful. Here I ordered the vegetarian burger: extremely tasty! Then I shared a piece of juicy chocolate banana cake with my companion.
Do you fancy Smörrebröd ? This is a luscious sandwich, a traditional lunch in Denmark. In the restaurant I ate a hearty brown bread with cheese and onions. There was also a lukewarm aquavit . Whiskey in Scotland is the herbal brandy in Scandinavia.
What a cute cafe! It is Aalborg's only coffee and tea salon. Here I tried the Flodeboller chocolate kisses on marzipan for the first time. Very tasty for coffee! I took the variety with white chocolate and licorice flavor.
Or would you like to take a little trip to France? The only wine bar in Aalborg is great to enjoy the evening relaxed. Barhund Zeus went from guest to guest to be cuddled. I ordered delicious cheese with my wine.
This pretty pizzeria with deli shop in the center is very popular. I ate a very colorful and extremely good vegetable pizza there.
Have you ever been to Aalborg or North Jutland?
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