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Cruises to Aarhus

79 Reviews
Aarhus (Photo:Rolf_52/Shutterstock)

About Aarhus

The harbor town of Aarhus is off the beaten track -- so much so that it might not even be a destination except as part of an itinerary for a Scandinavian or Baltic cruise. It is the second-largest city in Denmark, yet all its main attractions are within walking distance of the port: One is never more than a pleasant stroll from parks, museums and shopping. Athletic visitors will enjoy the 30 bike stands which provide 250 bikes free of charge 24 hours a day for more energetic touring.



The city was settled by the Vikings toward the end of the first millennium, and by 1100 was a major regional port. Aarhus later faded from prominence until the 20th century, when the railway once again made the town a center of commerce. Now, the city is back on the map as an educational and commercial center with the Danish monarch's holiday palace. It is also a lively university town (the University of Aarhus features a wonderful park and museums).



Visitors will be lulled by the charm and ambience of this compact city full of friendly, English-speaking people. The city features many interesting sights, from its medieval cathedral to the World War II Resistance Museum, that offer glimpses of the past. Whether for its shopping, culture, dining or history, Aarhus is a gem -- and a great reason to cruise.


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Viking Jupiter
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Scenic ScandinaviaDetails

332 Reviews
Leaving:Stockholm
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Jewels Of The BalticDetails

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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Legends Of The Fjords & Baltic JewelsDetails

197 Reviews
Leaving:Ijmuiden
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
May 28, 2023
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Viking Jupiter
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10 Night
Scenic ScandinaviaDetails

332 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Jun 22, 2023
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Europe - Western CruiseDetails

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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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World CruiseDetails

375 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jun 2, 2024
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Legends Of The FjordsDetails

197 Reviews
Leaving:Ijmuiden
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
May 28, 2023
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Baltic Jewels & Atlantic SojournDetails

57 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 23, 2023
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Europe CruiseDetails

186 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jul 8, 2023
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Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

545 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 23, 2023
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Europe - Northern CapitalsDetails

3,082 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
May 13, 2024
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Iceland & Scandinavian GemsDetails

60 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Aug 27, 2023
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21 Night
Norse Legends & Baltic JewelsDetails

57 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 29, 2023
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Viking Sagas & Baltic JewelsDetails

57 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
May 27, 2023
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110 Night World CruiseDetails

1,014 Reviews
Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
May 2, 2024
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More about Aarhus

Why go to Aarhus?

Pros:

After docking right in town, grab a bike from the city's free bikeshare program and ride to museums, parks and chic little cafes

Cons:

Watch your wallet! Shopping and dining can be expensive

Bottom Line:

This walkable (and bike friendly) port city is both easy to navigate and full of interesting cultural and historical sites

Aarhus Cruise Port Facilities?

Cruise ships usually dock early, giving inveterate explorers a couple of hours to wander before most shops and museums open at mid-morning. A lovely morning stroll is to the University, with its sleek and stylish buildings, and through its park setting. From there, the shopping streets of Norregade and Studesgade are close by, and visitors can window-shop, and occasionally discover early-opening stores such as a cheese shop in which the entire front is a densely perfumed walk-in cheese refrigerator (nothing wrapped in cellophane to mask the aroma), a wine store whose owner might be delighted to talk about California vintages (and the advisability of avoiding Danish wines), and several galleries.

Good to Know?

The exchange rate. As in most of Europe, in this day of the depressed dollar, shopping in Aarhus can be painful.

Getting Around?

On foot! The entire city, from the University area on the north side to the Sondergarde (pedestrian-only shopping mall) and the Radhus (city hall) in the southwest quadrant, is compact and relatively flat. Cruisers can walk to every major attraction in Aarhus from the pier. For those who prefer to ride, cabs and local tour buses are available immediately outside the security gates.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Danish kroner (DKK); there are ATM's throughout the city, but are particularly clustered around the central, irregularly shaped town square.

Language?

Danish. Almost all Danes speak English -- and are surprised when you ask if they do, responding with a polite "Of course."

Where You're Docked?

Ships dock literally across the street from downtown. The entire city is within easy walk of the pier.


Aarhus Cruise Reviews
We were pleasantly surprised with our tour of the Frykat Viking Fortress. Our guide was excellent, reading stories of Vikings to us on the long bus ride. The Fortress is both an archeological site and a village recreRead More
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disudds
My husband and I walked off the ship and into town which is about a mile. We visited the cathedral which was nice but not a church can’t hold interest for a long time. They do have a fresco from the 1300’s. There isRead More
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Ladybug42
charming townRead More
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donwjoe
Wonderful surprise. City provided complimentary roundtrip shuttle into downtown which we used twice in morning and afternoon with free wifi. at the tourist center and most of downtown. We visited three churches wiRead More
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