When you think of Denmark, Aalborg isn’t usually what first comes to mind. In fact, it’s probably not even in the top ten things that come to mind, but for those wanting to wander off the usual tourist path in Europe, Aalborg could be the ideal destination. The city is located in northern Denmark, at the top of the Jutland Peninsula and has a rich history dating back to when it was a Viking trading post. Dissected by the Limfjord river, the small but bustling city can be mostly discovered in a quick weekend trip. From exploring art & design museums, to walking along the water front and grabbing a bite at the Street Food Market, the picturesque city is perfect for those visitors looking for a unique and relaxing Europe weekend trip without the hordes of tourists and pressure to visit all the hot spots. Our city guide takes you to the best restaurants, hotels and things to do in Aalborg.
Not yet a hotspot of visitors and tourists, the luxury accommodation available in Aalborg is limited but there are certainly hotels and bnbs which will act as the perfect base from which to stay during your city break. Hotel Comwell Hvide Hus is a newly-renovated modern hotel located a stone’s throw away from the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art. For something a bit more central Hotel Gestus is located right by the city centre and exudes a warm and friendly atmosphere. For those wanting to feel more ‘at home’ while exploring Aalborg, Airbnb offers a wealth of accommodation options in the city that will make you feel as if you are a local.
A brasserie-style restaurant opened by the famed Danish Price brothers, Brdr. Price is located in the centre of town and perfect for grabbing a spot of lunch to refuel as you explore the city. The ambience here is warm and friendly and the staff are attentive, happy to give recommendations if requested. On a sunny day, dine al-fresco and take in the city sights around you as you enjoy your meal. The restaurant specialises in hearty Danish classics – the Steak and pom fritter with béarnaise sauce is absolutely delicious. If you have room for it at the end of your meal, don’t miss out of the perfectly baked crème brûlée.
Aalborg Street Food - The Lighthouse: A permanent street food market gathering cuisines from 16 different regions around the world.
A must visit for anyone with an interest in art, architecture or design, The Utzon Center in Aalborg is a fascinating site to see exhibitions based on different themes in the design world. The building itself is a real master piece and was the last building designed by famed Danish architect, Jørn Utzon (known for his design of the Sydney Opera House). The building is a true centre of culture in the region, showcasing the work of Utzon himself as well as works that have been inspired by his legacy. The centre is family friendly, offering lego-based architectural activities to keep children entertained. Before you leave, be sure to stop at the centre’s well-curated design shop where you can browse through posters, toys, books and art all showcasing Danish and Scandinavian design.