From the Sailing World Championship to pools by the harbour
The Danish city of Aarhus is opening new attractions and launching events as it competes for visitors with the capital Copenhagen.
It will host the Sailing World Championship in August, with competitors taking part from more than 100 countries.
These championships will see the first national team places awarded for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with boats from all 10 Olympic sailing classes competing, as well as kitesurfing being added to the program for the first time.
Also later this year, the Bassin 7 harbour pool is also set to open at Aarhus Ø. Part of the new Aarhus Ø development of shops, housing, cafés and restaurants, Bassin 7 will feature swimming pools and a beach, with destination marketing body Visit Denmark promising “a relaxing oasis from the bustle of city life”.
Fountain and rooftop
Already opened in 2017 is the Salling Rooftop, a “sensational roof terrace with a café and urban oasis” on the roof of the Salling department store in the city centre.
The rooftop gives panoramic views of the ARoS Art Museum, Aarhus Cathedral, the Aarhus Ø city quarter and many other locations. Every Friday, a DJ starts the weekend at the Fredag på Toppen event and entry to the rooftop is free.
Then there is the Endless Connection fountain created in 2017 at the Aarhus waterfront. It can be experienced from a distance or from the very centre of the cascades, giving the chance to view the harbour through a two-metre-tall wall of water.
Created by the Danish artist Jeppe Hein, the inspiration for the fountain’s changing patterns is the stars in the skies over the city.
Aarhus also now has the first stage of its eagerly awaited light rail network, the first of its kind in Denmark, which will eventually serve more than 50 stops in the area. The first stage partly uses two existing single-track heavy rail lines running to the city’s main rail station which have been upgraded and electrified.