Den gamle by – Aarhus


Travelling is about experiences and seeing new things. That doesn’t always mean that you have to leave. You may just as well spend a day being a tourist in your own town (where you live, or where you grew up), as going to somewhere far away. Don’t we all sometimes find ourselves too busy to take notice of the things that are right in front of us? Going to that local museum you always pass and haven’t gone into. Our maybe you will look up attractions and find places that you never knew about. Take a day or even half a day to be a tourist in your own town every now and then, and go enjoy the place that you’re already at.

The old town in Aarhus
The old town in Aarhus

This is what I did the other day. I took half a day off from worrying about my studies and everything else, and went to one of the museums here in Aarhus – Den gamle by (the old town). It is exactly what the name suggests. It is its own little town within Aarhus, where you are transported back in time. There are old half-timbered houses from the 1700s and 1800s, along the cobble-stoned streets (which made me glad I had proper footwear on). You can look into these houses and see what the homes would look like at different times. You can also see and hear what the different crafts would be like back then. The carpenter. The hatter. The clockmaker.

Old gardens
Old gardens

These old houses from the 1700s made even me feel tall when I walked through the door. And when you walk on the old wooden stairs you can feel the wear and tear of the years. The lives that have passed on them.

All these houses are not copies, but originals that have been moved from around Denmark to ‘den gamle by’. They have been taken apart in pieces and put back together again. This you can hear about in the newer section of the place, which is from the 1900s. You can see what an apartments would be like in the 70s, what the local shop would have and more.

People dressed up for the time period and walking around
People dressed up for the time period and walking around

Around you will find little shops and cafes where you can go and enjoy some old times flavours. Get good old cookies from the bakery, or sweets from the shop. There are also gardens to visit and during seasons events for young and old. You may very well stumble upon people dressed up in old time clothes, walking around and hanging up the laundry.



Practical info:

Prices: Under 18s go free.

App: You can download an App guide, which is in both Danish and English. It will tell you about the houses and help you find your way around.

Getting around: It is mainly cobble stone, so you do want to have proper footwear. In the old buildings from the 1700-1800s, there are only stairs. But the apartment building from 1970s does have elevator.

Season: During holidays you will find special events, which you can look up on their website.


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