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Christmas shopping in Aarhus (photo: VisitDenmark)

VisitDenmark spotlights Aarhus for Christmas

easyJet launches its first route from London Gatwick to Aarhus today, adding to the flow of incoming tourists.

Mulled wine, Danish Christmas pastries and traditional Christmas markets provide all the vital ingredients for a festive weekend break in Aarhus, VisitDenmark is pointing out to potential tourists.

In Denmark’s second city the seasonal markets open for some genuine Danish hygge as early as November 17 and continue until December 30.

Visitors from the UK are finding it easier to visit Aarhus. easyJet, Europe’s second largest low-cost carrier, launches its first ever twice weekly route from London Gatwick to Aarhus today, adding to Ryanair’s flights from London Stansted.

“The best place to start a weekend is at the new Salling Rooftop. Located on the top of the Salling department store in the centre of the city, take in the 360º views over Aarhus,” VisitDenmark recommends.

“With a glass of warming glögg (mulled wine) and æbleskiver (a special kind of Christmas pancake puff served with rich marmalade and coated in lashing of powdered sugar) in hand, walk along the new Salling Skywalk, suspended 27 metres above the Strøget pedestrianised street below.”

Open-air time travel
The tourism organisation suggests visitors then “head over to Den Gamle By for the Old Town’s Christmas Market, and walk back through time in this living museum to experience the atmosphere of Christmas during three time periods – the 1800s, the 1920s and the 1970s.”

At this open-air museum, 75 historic houses have been relocated from all over Denmark. In the old merchant’s house, for example, the famous Danish Christmas story Peter’s Christmas can be experienced.

Then stop for lunch at the half-timbered Simonsen’s Have “whilst the fire crackles from a barrel in the middle of the courtyard,” the destination marketing continues.

VisitDenmark also recommends the Christmas market with 300,000 lights and Denmark’s biggest decorated Christmas tree at Tivoli Friheden; the city’s outdoor skating rink in the Concert Hall Park; the Concert Hall’s seasonal concerts in December; the Cathedral Christmas market; and “the old cobbled streets of the buzzing Latin quarter.”

Then there is the ARoS art museum, one of the biggest in northern Europe, which has on its roof the rainbow panorama, a 150-metre circular panoramic path with 360º views of the city, and the Moesgaard Museum where “the past comes alive with imaginative displays of Danish treasures”. Finally, VisitDenmark suggests a bracing stroll along the beach.

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