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.

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30 responses »

  1. deepikaamit says:

    It was a pleasure to read your travelogue. Enjoyed it thoroughly and keeping it on my next visit list.

  2. Yasmin Italia says:

    Hi Beyniaz,
    Thanks for the wonderful vivid description of your travelogue.Love to read more….Yasmin

  3. Irene says:

    Sounds like another of those magical places you’ve been to:)

  4. gc1963 says:

    Beautiful description. Could almost visualize the city of Arhus sitting in Delhi. Great that you are back with your travel accounts. Enjoyed reading it as usual.

  5. Eva Bell says:

    Hi Beyniaz!
    Enjoyed your travel article. The vivid descriptions makes me feel that I’m right there in Arhus.
    Looking forward to more such articles.

  6. Persis Master says:

    Beyniaz, you have described it so vividly, as if I was walking through !

  7. zubin vakil says:

    as always i treasure your travel articles. When you write it feels like im seeing it

  8. Mohammed Sajjad says:

    Hi Beyniaz,
    Your article made interesting reading. To be honest, I had never heard about this place but now I know that there are so many such beautiful places that I have never heard. Keep writing and educate people like me. Sajjad

    • Beyniaz says:

      Thank you Sajjad. Aarhus is the second largest city and the largest sea port in Denmark but still looks like a quaint little town.

  9. Shapoor Toorkey says:

    Never knew a place like this existed. Thanks for the lucid way in which you described it.

    • Beyniaz says:

      Thank you Shapoor for your crisp and lucid comment! Aarhus happens to be the second largest city and the largest sea port in Denmark.

  10. Joyce Yarrow says:

    Wow Beyniaz – beautiful descriptive writing – definitely gives the feel of the place and motivates me to visit one day. Thanks!

  11. alborze says:

    Hey Bee 😉

    Good write n read ….

    R U back to sailing ;/

    …. a

  12. isabel says:

    You’ve painted a beautiful city Bey…made me wish to see it someday.

  13. d.om prakash says:

    Beyniaz,
    Thanks for bringing Denmark into our travelogue ambit. Despite much modernisation, all these quaint towns have managed to stay afloat in heritage and antiquity much unlike our Indian towns where heritage is given a push and a shove in the name of development, so much so that Chennai of today doesn’t have sidewalks in many areas! – Most of the sidewalks have been taken over for – you guessed right – ROAD development! – what kind of road development can they have when they don’t expect people to WALK on the sidewalks? This is the reason that I liked reading about your travelogue, where people are treated as people (where paths are laid for cyclists and joggers) – and not as unwanted pests standing in the way of development, like Chennai treats its pedestrians.

    • Beyniaz says:

      Thanks for reading this Om.I think when cities get over-crowded, the citizens are the ones who suffer the lack of open spaces.

  14. vimalaramu says:

    A wonderful article Beyniaz. Yes, I have heard that most of the places in Europe have retained their charm and antiquity and are worth visiting than malls and malls and malls……..ad infinitum

    • Beyniaz says:

      Vimala, the mall culture is catching up here too! Children rather hang out in malls with multiplex theatres than play sports and visit parks.

  15. Dear Beyni,

    So good to be back and see your wonderful travel article. Nice post.

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