Aarhus and surroundings

Aarhus is Denmark's second biggest city. Located by the water it has plenty of beaches and forests. In Aarhus everything is no more than a 15-minute bike ride away. Photo: Dennis Borup, Aarhus Kommune

The university’s main campus is located in the city of Aarhus, a dynamic city on Denmark’s Jutland peninsula. Aarhus is a city of growth and with a population of more than 340,000, Aarhus is Denmark's second largest city. It has all the advantages and resources of a big city while keeping to a manageable size, and consequently everything in Aarhus is within biking distance.

Denmark's number one student city

Aarhus is at heart, however, also Denmark’s youngest city when you consider the average age of its inhabitants which is far lower than anywhere else in the country. At Aarhus University alone there are 39,000 students. This gives the city a young and exciting vibrancy of its very own. This is clearly evident along the canal in the city centre, where the student population today frequents the many cafés and restaurants packed tightly along the canal. But Aarhus is also a city with clearly visible roots, founded, as it was, by the Vikings in the 8th century.

Buzzing city life and beautiful countryside

Aarhus has many nature experiences to offer. The city is located on the waterfront and you are never far from beautiful beaches or tranquil forests. In the summer, the sandy beaches near the city centre are perfect for enjoying the sun and taking a swim in the sea. So if you like water sports and beach activities there are a wide range of possibilities for you in Aarhus. You can also enjoy a time-out in one of the city's green parks, or take a walk in the Risskov and Marselisborg forests situated near the city centre.

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10 oasis in Aarhus

Aarhus is naturally bordered by stunningly beautiful surroundings. Whether on foot or by bike, it is a short way from the city's university to the peaceful nature experiences.

Exploring Denmark on your own

Would you like to explore Denmark beyond Aarhus? Despite being a small country, Denmark has a lot to offer. Below you can find tips on how to plan day- and weekend trips to our top picks of places to explore on your own.