North Jutland’s main city is an undiscovered hub of Danish culture. Hailed by the New York Times as being in the Top 10 Places to Go in 2019, Aalborg offers travellers a mix of Viking culture, boisterous nightlife, and singular Nordic cuisine.
Despite being Edinburgh’s sister city, Aalborg is unknown to many Scots. This small Danish city has yet to be influenced by tourism; visitors can still explore its quiet lanes in peace, cycling by Aalborg’s salmon pink and canary yellow houses to reach the picturesque waterfront. Along the Limfjord, visitors will find the remnants of Aalborg’s industrial past alongside glittering architectural masterpieces like the Utzon Center and House of Music.
Begin your visit by wandering towards the medieval core of the city, where the Jens Bang’s House towers over the main square. After visiting the Renaissance mansion, continue to the Cathedral of St. Budolf, an impressive whitewashed building that boasts a beautiful carillon that plays music hourly. Feeling peckish? You’re in luck. Aalborg is home to a mix of upscale gastronomy and local fare. If it’s luxury that you’re after, dine at Mortens Kro for fresh seafood and a champagne bar. Visitors seeking street food should visit The Lighthouse, a hub of burgers, ice cream, and coffee.
Want a panoramic view? Take the lift up Aalborg Tower, a landmark offering sweeping 360-degree views over the city and sound. Pause at the top to enjoy a pastry, beer, or chips in the cafeteria before taking the lift down again. If you’re looking to travel further afield, why not hop on a ferry to Egholm afterwards? This small island is located a five-minute ride from Aalborg, and its sandy beaches offer the perfect place for an afternoon picnic.
* prices based on cheapest quotes made in Skyscanner.net throughout 2018