Aalborg Cruise Port

Port of Aalborg: An Overview

Named the happiest city in Europe (based on an EU survey), Aalborg, Denmark, presents cruise travelers with a mix of modern and historic sites, plus restaurants, shops and green spaces. Visitors will find plenty to do to fill a full or partial day, but a day in Aalborg is unlikely to be the highlight of your fjords cruise.

Cruise ships dock right in town, and it's easy to do an architectural walking tour, passing the Renaissance-style Jens Bang's House (note the grotesque faces, including one sticking out its tongue at City Hall across the street), the baroque Budolfi Cathedral and the modern Utzon Center and the Musikkens Hus performing arts center. Watch the dancing fountains, check out the singing trees in the Park of Music or take the beer lover's walking tour.

The most notable attractions might just be outside the city center. The Aalborg Zoo is famous for its exotic animals and the Viking burial site of Lindholm Hoje is a must-do for anyone interested in Viking history.

Don't Miss

Lindholm Hoje: The excavations at Lindholm Hoje, Scandinavia's largest Viking burial site, reveal hundreds of stone markers for graves dating to the Iron Age and Viking Age. The museum onsite offers two exhibit halls that tell the story of local life in the area during these times, with plenty of illustrations, reconstructions and artifacts. There are a shop and cafe onsite. Lindholm Hoje, located across the Limfjord from Aalborg, is accessible by local bus or ship's tour.

Aalborg Zoo: Aalborg's most popular attraction is its zoo, located a short ride from the city center. The zoo is home to more than 100 different species of animals, including an African elephant, orangutan, Asian lion, polar bear and Sumatran tiger.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Although Denmark is part of the EU, it uses its own currency, the Danish krone. For current currency conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. There are several ATMs on Osteragade, near Jens Borg's House.

Language

Danish is the official language but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist attractions.

--By Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor