We landed inArhuson a bright summer morning. Our flight was via Heathrow andCopenhagen, making the journey longer. However, the drive to the ship dissipated my weariness when I swathe beautiful scenery on the way to the port which was situated at the mouth of the River Arhus. The city seemed to be surrounded by a dense green forest with tall pine and fir trees everywhere. Wild rambling roses by the roadside and parks in the centre of the city completed the pleasing picture.
Arhus is the second largest city in Denmark after Copenhagen and the University of Arhus attracts students from all over the world. As a result the city seems to be full of youngsters. There are many discos, cinemas, amusement parks and cafes. Even the museums are full of contemporary art. The malls and fast food centers abound with immigrants fromWest Asia, IranandTurkey. We visited Bazar Vest and the atmosphere of this market seemed decidedly Arabic.
The Arhus Festuge was going on while we were there and we were lucky to be part of the biggest musical and cultural festival in Scandinavia. While inArhusit is a must to visit the Old Town. Old, historic Danish buildings from all over the country are displayed here. The place was full of tourists but still maintained its old world charm.
Our next visit was to the Tivoli Fridehen amusement park and we enjoyed the variety of rides as much as the children did. We hired a car and drove to thedeer park. The parks inDenmarkseem like dense woods, but certain areas are segregated for picnicking and barbeques and benches are placed strategically for public use. Paths are laid for cyclists and joggers. Although it was peak summer I fund the temperature too cool for comfort though people were sun bathing in skimpy clothes. The lakes were full of swans and ducks that came waddling by to be fed by visitors.
We also visited the Cathedral and the City Center which was built in the 13th century and which is the tallest cathedral in Denmark. TheArhus city hall nearby is also a unique building.
Arhus has been the site of important archaeological findings but the most spectacular and well preserved are the half buried long houses, which were used both as homes and work shops by the Vikings and date back to the 7th century.
On the last day we visited the town of Silkeborg nearby. The town was charming, but the drive was especially scenic with the road from Arhus winding through thick evergreen forests. It seemed like we had stepped back into time when a long row of vintage cars passed us, each car full of passengers dressed in clothes from a by-gone era.
We sailed out of Arhus late at night with magical memories of that very special city.