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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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  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • August 16, 2017
    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 »
  • August 16, 2017
    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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  • July 26, 2017
    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. 👍🏾
  • August 26, 2017
    I actual used to work here as a guide and had a lot fun here. This museum is great and a must see if you are in the area. Beautiful old houses from all over the country were dismantled and restored on this location. Don't forget to check out the Living History!
  • June 28, 2017
    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.
  • July 12, 2017
    For the first time did I visit Den Gamle By I Århus. I was very impressed by everything...its such a peaceful and lovely place. Everyone working here is dressed like people were at that time. They also speak like people did then. There is a lot to see and enjoy. I was here for 6 wonderful hours. The cakes in the old bakery taste fantastic.
  • July 18, 2017
    Great new and exciting exhibition about Aarhus from the Viking Age until today. Lots of good information in fine dissemination. New award winning beer sold only here: "Aarhus tells", tastes delicious. And then it's just exciting to visit the new old apartments and back yards.

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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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