Port of Aarhus
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The city was settled by the Vikings toward the end of the first millennium, and by 1100 was a major regional port. Aarhus later faded from prominence until the 20th century, when the railway once again made the town a center of commerce. Now, the city is back on the map as an educational and commercial center with the Danish monarch's holiday palace. It is also a lively university town (the University of Aarhus features a wonderful park and museums).
Visitors will be lulled by the charm and ambience of this compact city full of friendly, English-speaking people. The city features many interesting sights, from its medieval cathedral to the World War II Resistance Museum, that offer glimpses of the past. Whether for its shopping, culture, dining or history, Aarhus is a gem -- and a great reason to cruise.
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Where You're Docked
Ships dock literally across the street from downtown. The entire city is within easy walk of the pier.
Good to Know
The exchange rate. As in most of Europe, in this day of the depressed dollar, shopping in Aarhus can be painful.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
Danish kroner (DKK); there are ATM's throughout the city, but are particularly clustered around the central, irregularly shaped town square.
Danish. Almost all Danes speak English -- and are surprised when you ask if they do, responding with a polite "Of course."
Blown glass and miniature sculptures are highly unusual and (relatively) affordable. Two notable shops with unique local art and helpful sales staff are Bulow Duus Glassworks at Studsgade 14, and Galleri-Værkstedet at Studsgade 44. The Latin Quarter is a formerly seedy part of town now occupied by galleries of varying styles and price ranges. Many are located along Mollestien and Studsgade, easily reached on the way back to the dock after sightseeing.