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The city highligted by the New York Times

Experience Aalborg

The city highligted by the New York Times


Welcome to the cultural city of Aalborg - a multifaceted hub for beautiful architecture, gastronomic surprises and an attractive shopping environment.

Where to go next? What about the beautiful city of Aalborg - a New York Times recognised travel destination. Aalborg is the perfect place to experience big city vibes in a smaller city, where there are few miles between each new experience. In the thriving city, you will encounter a welcoming atmosphere, diverse attractions and shopping opportunities for both big and small. The city is in continous growth and exhibits prosperity through knowledge hubs and places full of cultural indulgence. Experience both facets at Aalborg's new waterfront, where you can sit down in one of the charming parks or admire the aestetically pleasing buildings such as the Utzon Center.

Things to do and see

Aalborg city displays all of the characteristics of a cultural buffet; cozy streets full of street art, charming old hourses, award winning architecture and gastronimic pearls to please your taste buds. If you enjoy spell-binding theater or wonderful concerts, then Aalborg is the ideal place for you to explore. Walk along the waterfront and pass the fountain on Toldbods Plads, which spurts water in-sync with entertaining music, and afterwards, take in the architectual wonders of The Utzon Center, Nordkraft and The House of Music (Musikkens Hus).

If you bring your kids along, Aalborg Zoo is definitely worth a visit. Here you can experience the beautiful animals in the picturesque surroundings and see cute penguines or majestic polar bears get fed. And do not worry, if you need a place to spend the night, there are hotels in every size and in every price class all around the city. You can find inspiration for attrations and places that set the city apart from other destinations in the article brought in the New York Times.

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Events in Aalborg

Aalborg is the capital of culture in North Jutland, and the city has plenty of events all year round. If you are looking to shop 'till you drop, then you can also see the shopping opportunities in Aalborg.

One of the many recurring events in the city is Aalborg Carnival; Europe's largest folk carnival parade. For an entire week, Aalborg is in party mode and celebrates the Star Parade, the Battle of Carnival Bands and the Children's Carnival, before it all culminates Saturday, where everyone can join the Main Parade. The streets are filled with happy, dressed up people, and it is definitely an event you cannot afford to miss.

During the summer in June, the harbour is the focal point for Aalborg Regatta, where magnificent ships flow along the fjord in all shapes and sizes, and in addition, many activities can be experienced during this period. In the last week of August, you can also be part of Aalborg in Red, where the city is dressed in scarlet, crimson and merlot, and there are plenty of activities for everyone such as concerts, fashion events and sports activities.

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Restaurants and places to eat

It is hardly any surprise that Aalborg can offer gastronomic experiences for all. Explore the many cozy cafes and restaurants, which you will find at every square in the city. If you truly want to be spoiled, Aalborg is the perfect city for you as you can dine at the finest gourmet restaurants while exploring new dishes from the Nordic kitchen. It is also possible to share a meal at one of the many social dining spots.

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In Aalborg there are plenty of hotels, which are located in the center of the city and are in walking distance of the city's attractions and busy life.

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Aalborg Zoo

At Aalborg Zoo, you can meet 12 out of the 13 most popular zoo animals and this is the only place in Denmark where you can experience the African elephant, the orangutan from Borneo and the Asian lion.

Food & Gastronomy

Taste the flavour of North Jutland and have an amazing gastronomic adventure that is unique.

North Jutland has a vast treasure chamber of specialities and commodities, which are very special to the area. 

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Shopping in North Jutland

North Jutland boasts specialty shops, convenience stores and department stores. But naturally, practically every North Jutland town – small as it may be - has a main street with shopping facilities