IN SEARCH OF VIKINGS

Denmark’s fourth-largest city, and its most northerly, has undergone a renaissance while maintaining its historical feel in the cobbled streets and half-timbered buildings of the old town. Aalborg is not largely known to tourists, yet, but it’s a small, charming place that will have you marvelling from the moment you arrive in the city.

Home to a symphony orchestra, an opera, and the Aalborg Museum of Modern Art, the city will keep its most cultured visitors well entertained. If you’re seeking a slower pace, take a walk by the waterfront dotted with little fishing boats docked to tiny red boathouses. The city is also home to the Aalbord Akavit Distillery, which you can tour and have a taste of the “water of life.”

If you’re in search of Viking territory, Aalborg is home to Scandanavia’s largest Viking burial site. Visit early or later in the day to catch the sunlight glinting off the burial stones.

Aalborg Zoo

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Aalborg Zoo

Aalborg Zoo

This zoo specializes in the breeding of near-extinct animals, including the Siberian Tiger, but there are 1,300 animals to see including zebras, the rare oryx antelope, and polar bears. Keep your head up for the sloths that climb freely overhead in the South American house. All located only a 15-minute drive from the city.

Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art

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Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art

Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art

Appealing to the art lover as well as the architect, the museum houses a permanent collection of Danish and international art, including special exhibitions, a sculpture park, and an amphitheatre. The modular, marble building, designed by the great Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, is a beautiful complement to the works it houses.

Lindholm Hoje

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Lindholm Hoje

Lindholm Hoje

If you’re in search of Viking lore you must pay a trip to this burial ground on a hill above the city. At Lindholm Hoje you will see one of Scandinavia’s best-preserved Viking-findings—682 graves and 150 stone ships from the Viking age. Pay a visit to the fantastic museum and sample a beer made with heather, honey, bog myrtle and malt, based on a long-buried Viking brew uncovered by experts.

Aalborg, Denmark At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 56°15'7.28"N 9°18'20.53"E
Size: 139.00 KM2 (53.67 MI2)
Population: 203,373
Density: 1,463 Pop/KM2 (565 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +45

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