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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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  • It is a must for me to get in the old town for Christmas-the city steeped in authentic buildings and trinket and so it's just nice to go around at Christmas where there are small booths, large Christmas tree and Christmas music. The city is also nice to get in at other times a year if you want to go for a walk. The city is expanding all the time and there will be new things-for me it becomes never boring but is a tradition may come in the old Town
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  • I was in the old town together with a friend in december. We wanted to be able to see the Christmas exhibits and discover the cosy atmosphere. And it has to be said was successful. We visited several of the small stalls around. Even though we were over there on a Saturday morning, so there was fortunately not too many visitors, even though there was a little more than usual, so we could still get to see the things we wanted. Definitely worth a visit-particularly up to Christmas, when there is extra cozy!
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  • Visited a long time ago as a teen.. 1976. I loved the historic town full of things going just as they had been 100 years before, or more.. I would love to go back. Very cool! The date only goes back s...  more »
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  • Amazing place! Love the variation and lots of things to see and experience. Don't miss out on the great cakes from the old barkery. I recommend their studenterbrød. Was fun to see the stuff from the 70s - some of it reminded me of my childhood.
  • What a wonderful walking museum! The buildings have been moved here from other parts of Denmark to create a small, walkable history. You can go inside many of the buildings. In the 1970s portion, there is a poster museum (mainly about Christiania) and a one-room clock exhibit on the bottom floor. There is a very well done toy museum, as well, telling the story of toys since the Renaissance. The current special exhibition is on the history of children's television. You also walk through buildings from the 17th-19th centuries, seeing what exteriors and interiors were like, including some gardens. There are a couple of cafes, a couple of bakeries, and a small gift shop. There are a couple of buildings in the works. Overall so glad I went.
  • Good place. Entry is at 130 DKK for adults. The place is really huge so would recommend to spend more than half a day to make it worth it. The place also has cafes within.
  • Great place and athmosphere. Don't forget to taste some Danish cakes (there is one liitle confectionery) and traditional food at the restaurant.
  • If you have kids in a stroller it's best to have big wheels for the stone roads and walkways.