Having found this article, you are probably thinking about either studying or working in Aarhus. This is a guide about the second biggest city in Denmark, and what it has to offer.
Aarhus was founded around the end of the 8'th century. This makes the city the 2. oldest in Denmark.
Because of the citys position by the sea and near a creek, it was a perfect place for the Vikings to live and head out in their ships. At that time the city was called Aros, which can be translated to something like "the end of the creek".
Aarhus have always been an important city in the history of Denmark. And therefor the city also has one of the biggest cathedrals in the country. But it was first in 1915 when the citys harbor was expanded that Aarhus began to grow in size into the city it is today.
With it's population of 300.000 and it's location in a bay surrounded by forest and beaches, Aarhus is a good blend of big city and small town coziness. So there is a good opportunity of going out at night and doing outdoor sports during the day.
Danes like their beer, so it can be hard going out if you only like to drink drinks. However there are several good cocktail bars like Herr Bartels, Fidels and Sidebar.
As most bars in Denmark close at 5 in the morning, it is more common to go out late in the weekends.
Aarhus has a rich music scene and some of the important concert places are Voxhall, Train, Musik Cafeen and V58.
There are several music festivals during the summer. One of them is Spot Festival where upcoming bands have the chance to be discovered by record labels from all over the world. Another very new Festival is the Northside festival. The festival is working together with a german Festival the Southside Festival and are therefore able to book great bands. This years program has bands like Band of horses, White lies, Editors, the Streets and Interpol.
In the late summer there is Aarhus fest week which is a week with, music, theatre and other arrangements going on all over town. During the years, the fest has gone back and forth between being a party with beer and music to being more culturel and serious.
Whether you like to shop or go out for coffe, there are of course different places around town to do that. First I must warn you with the coffee though. The only Starbucks in Denmark, is located in the Copenhagen Airport. I don't think it makes economic sense for Starbucks to establish them selves in Denmark. But after Finland, Denmark is the country in the world that consumes most coffee pr. person. So it's not impossible to get great coffee. In Aarhus I would recommend Sigfrieds Kaffebar.
Bruuns Galleri is the shopping mall located in the center of the city. On top of the building you can play miniature golf during the sommer.
Trøjborg is like a small town within the city. It's located close to the forest and beach and whether you want to consume ice, coffee or pizza, this place has the best of everything.
Mejlgade is a street where culture is in focus. Here you find Musik Cafeen a theatre and an underground cinema. Once a year the street is closed for an arrangement called Mejlgade for diversity.
Latin Quarters are an area with small cozy streets and cool fashion shops. A lot of the cafés are also located here.
Jægergårdsgade used to be a street with sleazy bars, but now there a lot of great restaurants and special shops here. Some of the sleazy bars have survived and are still there though.
Aros is the biggest art museum in the area. They have different exhibitions from different painters to race car exhibitions.
The worst thing about living in Denmark, must be the weather. As nice as the long summer days are, just as dreadfull can the short winterdays feel. Because you don't get a lot of sunlight during the winter, some people have a tendency getting winter depressed. To avoid this, remember to go out in the weekends to get some sunlight. Keep yourself fit, take vitamin pills and remember to eat fruit.
It differs a lot from person how they react to the dark winters.
With this guide I hope you will be able form an impression of this area. Remember most danes speak english, or at least denglish so you don't have to learn the language.