The largest city in northern Jutland, Aalborg has enough in the way of cultural landmarks and other interesting activities to keep a traveler occupied for at least a few days. If you are a fan of Viking history, antique buildings hundreds of years old, or opportunities for contemporary arts and entertainment, then Aalborg is a great potential travel destination.
The city has its fair share of recognizable landmarks, from the houses of 17th century merchants Jens Bangs and Jørgen Olufsen on Østerågade to an icebreaking ship in the harbor called Elbjørn that has been re-appropriated to hold a museum and a restaurant, among other things. There are a handful of churches and castles, many which bear the name Aalborg, but these aren't truly worth seeking out on their own; you'll see them, as well as some classic Danish architecture, just by walking around downtown. Instead, make your way just outside of the city to Lindholm Hoje, the largest Viking graveyard in Denmark, which is a necessary pilgrimage for the Viking aficionado.
If you're wondering when a good time to visit Aalborg would be, it would be best to shoot for the end of May, when the city comes alive for one of the biggest carnivals in all of Europe. The atmosphere is wacky and wild, with parades, music, and much more. Then again, there is the zoo and the Nordkraft Culture Center, both of which will provide a good dose of entertainment no matter when you show up.
If Aalborg intrigues you, then take a look at our activity listings and related travel pictures and videos. It may just be enough reason to grab that plane ticket.