Aarhus has come a long way since it was founded in the eighth century as a Viking settlement.
Over the centuries, buildings rose, buildings burned, Christianity and the plague arrived with mixed results, and people came—so many people that Aarhus is now Denmark’s second largest city. Today, Aarhus is trying out a bold new look—one with apartment buildings designed to look like icebergs and libraries and playgrounds under the same roof – but it hasn’t forgotten its origins. The oldest part of the city, Latinerkvarteret, remains a cultural center for shops and restaurants, and despite several new high-rise buildings, the towering spire of Aarhus Cathedral remains still stands as the tallest point in the city. Despite this rich history, Aarhus is Denmark’s youngest city demographically, thanks to a large student population. Combine that with a bustling tourism industry, and the result is everything from budget hostels to grand hotels, burgers and Vietnamese to Michelin-starred restaurants, and Irish pubs to Bond-style cocktail bars. Copenhagen may be the city to visit in Denmark, but you’d be remiss not to give Jutland a try, and there’s no better place than Aarhus.