Although not as well-known as other European cities (or its Danish counterpart, Copenhagen), Aarhus is a place of vibrant culture and history. There are a number of standards of Danish architecture in the city, as well as a deluge of good museums. On top of this, a short ride from the city are staples of Jutland that cannot be as quickly accessed from anywhere else; whether you're looking for signs of traditional or medieval Denmark or even looking to see how many Lego recreations can be assembled in one place.
Within the city limits of Aarhus there are some great examples of the country's typical architecture, particularly at the 800 year old Aarhus Cathedral on Domkirkepladsen and the much newer City Hall on Rådhuspladsen. These are worth a look during your sight-seeing, but you should put a bit more time aside for a stroll through Den Gamle By (“the old town”). This collection of over 75 preserved Danish houses is a good half day of cultural immersion in 19th century Denmark. As far as museums go, the biggest by far is the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, which is home to ten floors of art and artifacts from a the gamut of history that have largely flown under the radar. The Forhistorisk Museum Moesgaard just south of the city (home to a completely preserved body from the Iron Age) and the Aarhus Viking Museum (small, but worth it because it is free and next to the cathedral) are also quality attractions.
You'll have to head just outside the city for a look at Clausholm Slot, one of the more visually inspiring castles in Denmark. Engelsholm Castle, which overlooks the lake of the same name in southwestern Jutland, is also an attractive proposition if you're in the area. Then again, if you're looking for the same preserved spaces of Den Gamle By with a bit more authenticity, then visit the town of Ribe in southern Jutland. The oldest town in Denmark, they even continue to have the night watchman sing the town to bed every night. If you're interest lies down more pop cultural avenues then you'll undoubtedly need a ticket to the first ever Legoland, located just over an hour's drive from Aarhus in Billund.
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