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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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  • Get lost in Aarhus of ancient times, walking through the cobbled streets and explore the buildings, shops, workshops and houses of yore, open-air museum that attracts young and old. Relive the atmosphere of the time of Hans Christian Andersen! Here the story is brought back to life thanks to the actors in period costumes and its 75 historical buildings reconstructed brick by brick, including a water mill one by wind, are authentic and recreates a typical town of the past. In the modern part is you can visit the music store built in ' 70. The goodies are many: the Toy Museum, gorgeous; the Poster Museum, very nice; the Gallery of Decorative Arts, the House of Zecchiere and the Mayor's House. Take a look also at home with insects ... home ... Some buildings have a special charm: the old House of the Burgomaster of 1597, which houses a fine collection of furniture; the home of a merchant, a Canadian, a warehouse and a two-story stone house. Delicious school surrounded by a flowered garden. Very interesting for children who can enjoy themselves with unusual games!
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  • When booking my trip and hotel to Aarhus, Den Gamle By as boasting on their website the beautifull Helsingør Theater to visit in their museum. As this was the main reason for my travel to Denmark, I w...  more »
  • I thought Den Gamle By might be a bit cheesy but it's a lovingly and well reconstructed slice of history with fascinating insights into life and trade. And it houses a very good poster museum.  more »
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  • Always love visiting here. The new interactive features of the modern history section are amazing and make the experience fun for people of all ages. The bakery in the old section never fails to serve a wonderful selection of traditional sweets and the Christmas market is a great place to pick up gifts and decorations.
  • Loved this place. It was quiet and otherworldly at first but got very busy. Some of the staff were not welcoming or friendly...the needed a kick up the ass to remind them that jobs can be given and taken. The bakery cafe was fabulous. You go order your tea/coffee and pastries first, pay and they are brought to your table. Lots of photos opportunities!! Lots of plants, flowers and nice places to enjoy the wild flowers.
  • This is an amazing museum and well worth a visit. We spent just over three hours and only managed to see two thirds of it - there is so much to see. Being a child of the 1970s, it was absolutely fantastic to walk through my childhood and the 1970s section. Bring good, sensible shoes as you will mostly be walking on cobbles. Parking in the area can be difficult so you may want to use nearby Q-Park multi-storey or use public transport.
  • Very nice place with atmosphere of the past centuries and last decades. There are not only displays and expositions that give an idea how people lived, but real people who are in engaged in all sorts of activities from knitting to cooking. While we were there, the ladies offered us cup of coffee with pancakes, were very friendlly, and described how life looked like in the past.
  • I love this place. It's a real life living museum with so much to see. I have been here many times and always find something new. I particularly love the 70's exhibition because there is so much that even I can remember from my childhood. The new Aarhus exhibition is very interactive and a lot of fun, particularly for those with an interest in Aarhus. A great museum with something for all ages. 👍🏾

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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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