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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 blacksmith's shop, grocery store, post office, theater, and school. Be sure to visit 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. Using our international travel planner, Aarhus attractions like Den Gamle By can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Nice set up open air museum in Aarhus, where you can walk from the middle ages to the ' 70s. Also very fun for kids! The new, interactive section is very nice layout!
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  • Even though it rained moat of the time we were there, it was a fantastic view into the life of olden times. An easy 3-5 hours of historical walks.  more »
  • The old town shows the story on an active and authentic way. You can show your children and grandchildren how we lived in the past and statisterne live it fully into the role and has an immense knowledge, which also made us smarter. Discover the ' 70s again and see a historic shopping street before everything was taken over by international concepts. You will be really pulled back in time. Can only recommend. Nice with free admission to and with children reach the age of 17 years.
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  • Wonderful open air museum; great recreation of a market town. There are many wonderful buildings to see. Most of the buildings were actually moved from various areas around the city to Den Gamble By, so you are experiencing the actual buildings of the past. Den Gamble By was much larger than we expected. There was much to see and do; we spent most of the day here and we didn't quite see it all! If we are back in Aarhus, we will definitely come back and view the upcoming exhibits.
  • Must see when in Aarhus. This was such a great way to spend the majority of our day. An awesome opportunity for the entire family with plenty of hands on exhibits. The experience is like a small adventure back in time. Well worth the expense.
  • Beautiful. It's like a big town which has buildings from the 1500-1600 rebuild. It comes alive between 10:00-17:30, but it has it's price if you're over 17 years old. Worth going there!
  • Nice old town where you can spend some hours. Offers foods and snacks, and has toilets. Souvenir stores inside, some of them has really random stuff, like a pillow with a "no to atomic power" statment. Fun for all ages. All in all, worth a visit!
  • Engaging, having both hands-on and multimedia components. Big enough, but not too overwhelming. Definitely worth the price 😊

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Where to stay in Aarhus

For a price, you can stay close to the main sights of this charming city at one of the many hotels located in Aarhus' historical old town. While it may feel like a romantic small town with its cobbled streets, accommodations here, especially centrally located options or hotels along the marina, are just as expensive as in many other Scandinavian cities. Moderately priced hotels and hostels are limited, so if you are traveling on a budget, book early at a spot outside the city center. For nature lovers passing through the city, there are also campgrounds located near Aarhus in the beautiful surrounding forests.
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