Aalborg is 10 centuries old, and the fourth largest city in Denmark. Once home to Vikings, it’s now a lively modern commercial port with excellent restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and a variety of shopping opportunities. The main city in North Jutland, Aalborg is famous for its heaving nightlife and the nearby Viking burial ground. The waterfront area has recently been redeveloped, and is now a popular centre for design and all sorts of entertainment.
See and do
Explore the city to discover its history, evident in its half-timbered buildings lining the cobbled streets in the Old Town – these buildings have stood here since Renaissance times, including the 16th Century Aalborg Castle, built and lived in by King Christian the Third. It’s famous for its dungeon and underground passages. Aalborg’s well-preserved Old Town centres on the Gothic Cathedral, known as the Budolfi Domkirke, which is also worth exploring.
You can find out more about the city’s 1000-year-long history in the Aalborg Historical Museum in the centre of town. Its home to all sorts of displays including an excellent collection of locally produced silver and glass items.
Once you’ve had your fill of history, you can revel in the newly created waterfront area, where many of Aalborg’s restaurants are located. Also here is the Utzon Centre, home to art, architecture and design. In the city itself there are lots of opportunities for shopping, and you can also visit Aalborg Zoo, home to 1200 animals, before going on a pub crawl where you taste a variety of beers in different pubs en route. Climb to the top of the Aalborg Tower, which is 105 metres high, and was built for a trade exhibition in the city in 1933. From here you will get an unmatched panoramic view of the city below you.
To get an insight into the art in this region, visit the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, which is located near a sculpture park. Then head for one of the highlights of a visit to this fascinating city, the Linholm Hoje, or Lindholm Hills, the largest Viking burial site in Scandinavia, with more than 700 graves. If you can, visit here either early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sunlight glints off the burial stones, many of which are set in the outline of a Viking Ship. When you’ve taken enough photographs, head for the impressive museum on site.
Aalborg Airport – AAL
Located 6.5km from Aalborg, this busy, ultra-modern international airport has 1.4 million passengers passing through it every year.
Food and beverage: Foodmarket and Point – Shop to go.
Currency Exchange: A Danske Bank ATM is located right inside the door to Entrance 1 in the check-in area. Danish DKK and Euro are available.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Aalborg Airport Lost & Found Service contactable on 45 98 17 48 61, or email [email protected] If you flew with SAS, visit the SAS information desk in the check-in area where you will be required to fill in an enquiry document.
Airport Hotels: First Hotel Aalborg, Park Hotel, Prinsens Hotel, Radisson Blu Limfjord Hotel, Scandic Aalborg.
Airport Hub: Aalborg Airport (code AAL) is a focus city for Air Norway, Atlantic Airways, British Airways, Danish Air Transport, KLM, Scandinavian Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Vueling.