Denmark is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe! I have been fortunate enough to visit Denmark four times over the past couple of years. On my second trip to Copenhagen, I decided to check out the coastal town of Aarhus! I enjoyed my visit so much, but I wasn’t as prepared as I could have been. So for you, I created the perfect Copenhagen to Aarhus itinerary.
Aarhus is an idyllic small Danish city sitting seaside on the northeast coast of the country. This is the kind of destination you only need a couple of days to visit. It’s compact, quaint, safe, and stylish! The type of place that is ideal for a weekend trip.
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Perfect Copenhagen to Aarhus Itinerary
The journey time via train from Copenhagen is around 3 hours and 20 minutes. I would recommend traveling by train, rather than a flight from Copenhagen. The high-speed train is more enjoyable than the hassle of flying.
For a truly perfect Copenhagen to Aarhus Itinerary you should plan your logistics in advance. This means getting your train tickets ahead of time. The main train companies in Denmark are all associated with DSB. The train departs from Copenhagen several times a day. I would recommend you start your train journey around 8 am.
Departing from Copenhagen at 8 am will get you to Aarhus by train before lunchtime. Plan to take 30 minutes to get yourself checked into your hotel, then into the city center of Aarhus.
Aarhus Itinerary Idea #1
To help you choose the best day itinerary items from Copenhagen to Aarhus I made a list. This way you can mix and match what you really want to do in Aarhus. Below is the most popular day activity in Aarhus!
Den Gamble By
Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a different time period? You can experience this here at Den Gamble by!
Den Gamble by mean “The Old Town” in English. This open-air town museum is extraordinary. It is located in the Aarhus Botanical Gardens.
Spend a half-day strolling around real-life enactments of life before the 1900s, during the 1920s and 1970s! For the perfect Copenhagen to Aarhus itinerary, be sure and include Den Gamble By!
*Sadly, I arrived when they were closing so I only got 30 minutes of a quick glimpse.
Copenhagen to Aarhus Itinerary Idea #2
I am a big fan of traveling to take pictures of the world’s architecture. There is no shortage of impressive buildings and landscapes in Denmark. The Danish have beautiful churches that are perfect for photographing.
The Cathedral of Aarhus is the tallest church in Denmark! This Cathedral has a height of 96 m and 93 m in length. Be sure to get your wide-angle lens ready for these photos!
The journey time to walk from the central train station in Aarhus to the Cathedral is only 11 minutes. So if your perfect Copenhagen to Aarhus itinerary is limited to a couple of things, check out this church.
Aarhus Itinerary Idea #3
If you are visiting a coastal town, you must check out its coastal attractions! Aarhus has a unquie and impressive harbor with lots to do.
This most iconic harbor has a few must-see attractions. The most famous is known as the Iceberg Building. You might have guessed; it’s a cluster of buildings all shaped like an iceberg. It is a unique apartment building complex worthy of some photographs.
Also in the harbor is the “Havnebadet,” meaning harbor bath. This is a must if you are visiting in warm weather months. Pack that bathing suit and sunscreen. I, unfortunately, visited in winter.
Must-Do Aarhus Itinerary Idea #4
For the perfect Copenhagen to Aarhus itinerary, you must find good food! The best restaurants always require you to book days in advance, so keep that in mind. In Aarhus, this is important in the tourist season. If you are not prepared, you may find yourself out of luck.
It would be a shame to travel from Copenhagen and not try the Aarhus Central Food Market.
Food Markets of Aarhus
Central Food Market is open daily from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm! If you are a food and wine lover like me, you must check this place out! The market has something for everyone!
Aarhus Street Food Market is a unique place where you can try street food from over 30 kitchens! The market itself is in an old converted bus station, a very cool space. It is open daily from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm!
Since food is my favorite part of traveling, I would try and hit both of these markets in my stay! Aarhus is the a wonderful destination if you want to see more of Denmark! I hope you enjoy your trip!
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