Not that "reserved" is an adjective that always applies to Aalborg. Despite a population of just over 100,000 citizens, the city is known for throwing quite a party when the time is right. The Aalborg Carnival in May is the biggest in Scandinavia, while Jomfru Ane Gade owns the distinction as the longest stretch of nightlife establishments in Denmark. You've also got a cafe and restaurant culture that is prevalent on main drags like Boulevarden or off of quaint squares like C.W. Obels Plads and Gammeltorv (Old Square), while a stroll down Østerågade will fulfill the itinerary requirements for wow-worthy architecture (Jens Bangs House and Jørgen Olufsens House are highlights).
Some of the best news about Aalborg is its compact nature. Nearly every attraction in the city of interest to travelers is downtown, making it worth the time to stretch your legs and just foot it. Then again, the city is served well by regular bus transportation and the free-to-use bikes available at depots that are practically around every corner. But also be sure to get out of town, whether you're tramping through extensive nature areas like Rebild or Lille Vildemose or heading to the northern point of Jutland to experience the collision of North and Baltic Seas. There is also that huge Viking graveyard called Lindolm Hoje, where you can also catch a mass gathering of aficionados for the Viking Festival every June.
If you're one to avoid the well-traveled tourist routes, then Aalborg is a city with enough culture, adventure, nightlife, and cuisine to satisfy a desire for an authentic Denmark experience. Browse our included activities and videos for further information.