Welcome to the Aarhus cruise port guide. Aarhus is Denmark’s 2nd largest city with 250.000 inhabitants. It is a place well known for its schools and universities and it has a unique atmosphere because of it. They say Aarhus is the oldest big city of Scandinavia. It was established in the 8th century. The Vikings settled at the mouth of the river Aros centuries ago and their presence is still visible today. The city centre they build is basically still in the same place as where you can find it today. The topic of vikings and many other historical topics like these are found in the different museums of Aarhus. The famous canal cutting the city in two is called the Aarhus Creek. It starts near the cruise terminal. If you follow it it will bring you by (or nearby) the most famous attractions of the town. See the beautiful canals, visit the renowned Aros art museum, walk through the cutest streets in town and end up at the open-air museum. Aarhus is best to be explored by foot. Go from cute back alleys, to Danish design road, to high end shopping streets within minutes. Find out what there is to see and do in Aarhus underneath.
Travel information Denmark
Official currency – Danish krone
Accepts Euro – euros are often accepted
Creditcards – are widely accepted
Drives on the – right
Timezone – UTC +1
Inhabitants – 5,6 million
Official language – Danish
Capital city – Copenhagen
Kingdom of Denmark
Government – Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Good day – God dag
How are you? – Hvordan har du det?
Thank you – Tak
Cruise ship – Krydstogtskib
Port – Havn
Cruise Port Guide Aarhus – Denmark: docked at Mellemarmen
The port of Aarhus has good facilities at the dock. There is a Welcome Centre where you will find tourist information, maps, wi-fi, small souvenir market and signage towards the city centre. The location of the port is convenient with the city centre within 1 km walk from the dock.
Most of the time the cruise ships dock at the cruise terminal, although it ship could also be assigned another docking spot. You can check the docking location for your ship at: http://www.aarhushavn.dk/en/ship_calls/cruise_ships/. Dock 133, 131 and 129 is the cruise terminal dock.
There are no sightseeing tours offered at the dock and therefore your options are either to explore the city by foot or to consider on of the transportation options underneath.
At about 10 minutes walk from the port you will find the main bus station of Aarhus. See exact location of the bus station on the map. Catch the local buses for a ride around town or hop on the regional busses to get further afield. Find more information on public busses and transport in Aarhus on the following link: https://www.midttrafik.dk/in-english.aspx
You will find several taxis at the port. Please find the approximate taxi prices in Aarhus underneath:
From port to Den Gamle By 130,- DKK
From port to city centre 100,- DKK
Price per hour is roughly 450,- DKK
The closest car rental to port is the Europcar. You will find it within 5 minutes walk from the dock at the main bus station. See map for its exact location.
The port of Aarhus provides free wi-fi at the Welcome Centre and you will also find the city centre has lots of coffee shops with wi-fi facilities.
Distance from port
Aarhus city centre = 1 km west of the port
Aros Art Museum = 2 km west of the port
Den Gamle By = 2,5 km west of the port
Moesgard museum = 9 km south of the port
Randers = 41 km north of the port
Silkeborg = 45 km west of the port
Legoland = 95 km south west of the port
Aarhus offers some of the best shopping opportunities of the country. Find large department stores, well known brands and tiny boutiques next to each other in the main shopping district. See map above for its exact location.
The Aarhus University offers several museums in town. The most visited are the Botanical Gardens and Steno Museum.
This street in Aarhus is one you cannot skip. It dates back from the 18th century and it still has its historical look with its cobble stoned street and red roses.
Rated as one of the best attractions of the country is Den Gamle By. This is the town’s open-air museum. It is a living and breathing experience. 75 historical buildings from all over Denmark have been gathered here to illustrate what times were like in the time of Hans Christian Andersen. Learn about the architecture, food and life during one of the most exciting times in history. Meet the characters from the past, pat the horses and enjoy some tea in the tea garden. There are lots of things to do! Walk through the city centre to reach the open-air museum. Find its exact location on the map underneath.
You do not have to be an art lover to be able to appreciate such an amazing museum. The Aros Art Museum is large museum that has opened its doors in 2004. Inside you will find several floors with all together 400 sculptures and 1100 paintings. The exhibitions are very well presented and they all offer something unique. On top of it all you will find the rainbow panoramic tube on top of the building where you can also enjoy some refreshment while overlooking the city centre.
The Aarhus river flows through the city centre of Aarhus. If you follow the river from the port into town you will walk by the most scenic parts of town. Stop for a drink at one of the many bars and restaurants, shop in the main shopping district and take a couple of side streets to see all the beautiful old town has to offer.