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Jutland : from Åarhus to Åalborg

Jutland : from Åarhus to Åalborg

By car, 147 km, 1 day

Occupying an ideal position at the end of a wide bay protected by an island, Åarhus is the economic and cultural capital of East Denmark. It makes a perfect starting point for exploring Jutlands' huge plains, right over to Åalborg, where the national Danish drink par excellence is manufactured: aquavit! Along the way, you will find it hard to resist a trip to Rosenholm Castle, built in 1559 on an island in the middle of the lake. This Renaissance masterpiece has belonged to the Rosenkrantz family for 4 centuries.

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Cathedral   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Bispetorv 1 8000 Århus
Religious buildings

Originally dating from the 13C, the cathedral was completely remodelled in the 15C in the Gothic style. There are also more recent features, such as the spire, which is early-20C.The 93m-long nave is the longest in Denmark. The overall impression is of pleasing proportions and lofty elegance. Traces of 15C frescoes may be seen, together with a magnificent triptych dating from 1479, the work of Bernt Notke (1440-1509), an artist from Lübeck.


Rosenholm Castle   Interesting

Rosenholmvej 119 8543 Rosenholm
Architecture, castles and historic districts

This Renaissance castle built in 1559 on an island in a lake has belonged to the Rosenkrantz family for 400 years. The family's origins lie in an idyll between an English princess and a Danish prince. The interior is predominantly furnished in Rococo style. The Winter Hall is furnished in gold leaf-decorated leather, and old French and Flemish tapestries embellish the corner room and tower room. A remarkable portrait of Frederik V by CG Pilo, official painter to the court, graces the great hall.


Fyrkat   Interesting

Vestergade 21 9500 Hobro
Architecture, castles and historic districts

Built around 980 with the typical layout of Viking forts, Fyrkat was protected by a round wall 120m in diameter. Two perpendicular alleys leading to the main gates and facing the cardinal points drew the limits of four zones where four wooden buildings, each with a capacity of 50 people, stood (oak replica outside). Finds from local digs are exhibited in the Hobro Museum, in a picturesque old building. The Vikingecenter is in the valley and has nine replica houses showing what life was like for Viking farmers.




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