The North Jutland capital is much more than Jomfru Ane Gade and snaps. Join us on a tour of the best places in and learn how to best experience Aalborg.
The port of Aalborg was once characterized by heavy and unattractive industry, but a lot has happened in recent years. Architectural gems like the House of Music and the Utzon Centre are beautiful both inside and out, and the old Nordkraft has become a cultural center for music, film, and food. Aalborghus Castle is also worth a visit, and if you’re in Aalborg on a hot day, the harbor baths are a must.
The singing trees
Since the mid-eighties, all the international artists who have played in Aalborg have planted a tree next to the Aalborg Congress and Culture Centre. So far, 88 trees have been planted with built-in loudspeakers, so you can listen to the artist’s music at the touch of a button. You can “meet” artists as diverse as Helmut Lotti, Leonard Cohen, Prince, and Beyoncé.
Lindholm high museum
On the high hill above Aalborg, and with a fantastic view over the Limfjord, lies the former burial ground Lindholm Høje, which dates back to the Iron Age and the Viking Age. It is very fascinating to walk among the graves, and a visit to the museum is a real experience especially for the young ones to see all the cool Vikings and their weapons.
Where to eat in Aalborg
It is Morten Nielsen, also known as Morten Kok, who is behind the restaurant and concept, Mortens Kro. It serves classic Danish lunch dishes with a Nordic twist, also, the weekend brunch is not to be missed. I still remember their really delicious cakes with fondant that were served for breakfast. From September 2015, you should also stop by here when you’re hungry for lunch because from then on, the modern gourmet restaurant will also start serving sandwiches.
Restaurant Vestre Baadelaug
On the waterfront in Aalborg’s west city, you’ll find Vestre Baadelaug, which two years ago was voted Denmark’s best steak sandwich, and on a sunny day, it’s a great place to sit and enjoy your food and maybe ice cream for dessert if there’s room.
In the middle of one of Aalborg’s most beautiful squares, CW Obels Plads, you will find Søgaards brewery. Here you can eat good food and drink home-brewed beer in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Try the legendary beer stew with beef, bacon, onions, mushrooms, chorizo sausages, sautéed herbs, and Pommes Duchesse.
Where to shop in Aalborg
Aalborg has three pedestrian streets: Bispensgade, Algade, and Gravensgade, all of which are full of shops to suit all tastes and budgets. Here you will also find the department store Salling and the shopping center Friis. South of the city you will find Aalborg Storcenter, which boasts Denmark’s largest Bilka.
Where to stay in Aalborg
Comwell White House
The hotel is located in the middle of the fine Kildepark, so you are not only close to the railway station, the art museum Kunsten and the Aalborg Culture and Congress Centre, but also surrounded by a large, beautiful park.
The hotel for those who want to stay centrally and cheaply while enjoying the view of Aalborg’s harbor front.
If you prefer to spend the night in the open air, Aalborg and the surrounding area have a wealth of options for sleeping at a nature campsite. However, it does rain a lot in Denmark so make sure to check these tips for camping in the rain.