Sightseeing in Aalborg
Aalborg has reinvented itself in recent decades as a conference center and a cultural, university city and has transformed its old industrial harbor into homes, harbor baths and cultural institutions. At the same time, dynamic young chefs have inspired a new gourmet wave in North Jutland, with Aalborg at the forefront, and have put the city on the gastronomic map. Here’s our guide to Aalborg – from old streets and Viking graves to art and acclaimed city life.
The Old Town
Aalborg’s old city center is full of picture-postcard scenes, pretty townhouses and grand historical buildings. Among the most famous are Jens Bang’s stone house dating from 1624, which is a rich man’s monument to himself, the Town Hall dating from 1762 and Jørgen Olufsen’s merchant’s house from 1616. The center is also pedestrianized and has plenty of street art, while shopping options include the minimalist chic Moss Copenhagen and the luxurious Huset Pico – and you can enjoy Aalborg’s best coffee at Behag din smag.
Aalborg’s disused power station has been reinvented as a cultural and activity center, while retaining its industrial aesthetics. Nordkraft is home to a theater, movie theater, music venue, art galleries, tourist information and sport. On the first Saturday of the month there is also a huge food market selling local delicacies and produce.
Aalborg’s new waterfront is dominated by new residential buildings and cultural institutions. One of those well worth a visit is Musikhuset, which is not only a concert venue but is also home to one of the city’s ambitious young restaurants, Musikkens Spisehus, where you can look out across Limfjord as you enjoy their excellent food. Famous for its weekend brunch.
Musikkens Plads 1
The architect who became world famous for designing the iconic Sydney Opera House grew up in Aalborg and designed this museum bearing his name on Aalborg’s waterfront. The Utzon Center hosts exhibitions of art, architecture and design and is something of a pilgrimage site for architecture fans. Then you can always enjoy a fabulous lunch made using seasonal ingredients at the center’s Jørn restaurant, which is recommended in the White Guide.
Kunsten Museum of Modern Art
Aalborg’s modern art museum, Kunsten, was designed by renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and is his only museum outside Finland. The design and the museum’s green spaces and sculpture park are an attraction in themselves, but the building is also home to a unique collection of 3,000 Danish artworks, dating from 1900 to the present day, with a focus on movements including Fluxus, surrealism and CoBrA.
Kong Christians Allé 50
Next door to Kunsten, at Kildeparken, is the Skulpturparken sculpture park, containing monuments and sculptures by a range of artists from different periods. The park itself is a lovely green space, perfect for a stroll or general relaxation.
Kong Christians Allé
Jomfru Ane Gade
“Gaden” (The Street), as Jomfru Ane Gade is known for short, consists entirely of bars, discos and restaurants and is famous – and infamous – as Scandinavia’s biggest party street. Tyrolean bars, pubs and theme parties, cocktail bars and discos guarantee plenty of drinking, dancing on the tables and world-class hangovers.
Viking burial site at Lindholm Høje
Lindholm Høje in Nørresundby near Aalborg is a beautiful natural area that is also home to a burial site used in both the Iron Age and in Viking times. There are over 700 graves here, which have been preserved for over 1,000 years, covered by the area’s drifting sands. At Lindholm Høje Museum, a combination of archaeological finds and modern media show you how people lived back then.
Vendilavej 11, Nørresundby
Tekst: Lise Hannibal