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Den Gamle By, Aarhus

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Take a step back in time with a visit to Den Gamle By. Opened in 1914, this outdoor tourist attraction explores various aspects of Danish town culture, featuring a complex of 75 historic buildings. As you stroll through this recreation of a small town, look in on the bakery, pharmacy, merchant's house, and school. Be sure to visit the 70's themed quarters and the toy museum, noted for displaying more than 6,000 playthings produced during the 19th and 20th centuries. Across the museum grounds, you can also find several diners and cafes that also house small exhibits showcasing the working methods of ordinary Danish townspeople. Plan your visit to Den Gamle By and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Aarhus trip planner.
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  • It is expensive but well worth it. I spent half a day in there just wandering around. There's a cute cafe where I had a drink and a slice of cake, typical Danish prices. 
    It is expensive but well worth it. I spent half a day in there just wandering around. There's a cute cafe where I had a drink and a slice of cake, typical Danish prices.  more »
  • The actors telling us all about the old days while they were working with their instruments or telling us stories from their lives. The old buildings and street were very beautiful . We spend hours... 
    The actors telling us all about the old days while they were working with their instruments or telling us stories from their lives. The old buildings and street were very beautiful . We spend hours...  more »
  • I loved this place. It was probably my favourite place in Aarhus and a highlight of my trip to Denmark. I have been to one other Village Museum in Bucharest a couple of weeks ago and didn't think... 
    I loved this place. It was probably my favourite place in Aarhus and a highlight of my trip to Denmark. I have been to one other Village Museum in Bucharest a couple of weeks ago and didn't think...  more »
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  • Budget a whole day for this! This is a fantastic park with a lot of places to explore. Note that there are several different eras represented here, one of which is the 1970s in addition to the more traditionally historic parts. Many of the structures, especially the more recent ones, are mini-museums in and of their own right. Well worth the time. Note that there is one full restaurant and a few snack points inside. For the restaurant, try to get there slightly ahead of the lunch crowd to beat the rush and ensure you'll have a table.
  • Gorgeous museum located a only a short walk out of the city centre. So much fitted in to such a small area. You could easily spend hours here!! You really feel like you are in a different time walking around, and that experience is only added to by the actors walking around the area! Everything is restored and presented in such a high standard. If you are interested in history, and particularly that of everyday life, then definitely pay a visit to Den Gamle By.
  • A wonderful exhibition of Danish life through the ages. Very educational and happy to see that so many beautiful original buildings have been carefully disassembled and reassembled at this location in order to preserve the wonderful architecture and history. Very interesting that the newer 1970s section is used to help those with Alzheimer’s. My son was so excited about the hi-fi stereo shop and repair store. Had an wonderful chat and education from the two gentlemen working there. If you want to really take it all in, you probably need 1 1/2 days to truly explore everything. Must see!!
  • A must visit museum in Aarhus.
  • Definitely worth visiting. There's a lot to see so you need a least half a day to see most of it. Besides seeing and reading about the buildings you can talk to dressed staff, drink coffee with them. Houses are full of items and hidden objects (even in drawers or fridges). Highly recommend.

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