The regional capital of northern Jutland is Aalborg. With over 250,000 inhabitants, it is the
forth largest city in Denmark. Aalborg
has developed from being dominated by the large industries of the past
to being dominated by art, culture, music, shopping, a wide range of
arrangements, Danish 'hygge' (cosiness) and charm.
The city is a “feel good” city where the contrasts make student life
interesting. On the one hand, it is dynamic, up-to-date and
international, on the other hand it is an ancient Danish provincial
capital, which has always cherished its own history and unique
The city is buzzing with activity day and night, summer and winter.
It offers a very rich and rewarding student life and the atmosphere is
informal and friendly.
Aalborg's waterfront offers world class architecture, exciting gastronomy, modern city flair and is a delightful oasis with mood and life.
There are many green spaces in the city with beautiful nature and
great opportunities for a picnic. Last but not least, Aalborg is divided
by the beautiful fjord, the Limfjorden.
Although Aalborg is a lively city with lots of activities, it is nevertheless a safe very city to live in.
To feel the flavour of the entertainment in Aalborg you can visit the
very popular meeting point of all international and Danish students –
Studenterhuset (the Students’ House), Gammeltorv 10, right in the centre
of the city.
You can not only meet new friends during “International Nights” held
there every Wednesday from 9pm, but you can also listen to popular
Danish bands playing there live.
Mecca for night-life lovers
Jomfru Ane Gade is another must-visit spot for all students! Jomfru
Ane Gade is Aalborg’s amusement street with Denmark’s longest continuous
stretch of restaurants, clubs, cafés and bars. At nightfall the street
turns in to a real 'mecca' for all night-life lovers and the atmosphere
The cultural heart of Northern Jutland
Aalborg is also the cultural heart of North Jutland. Therefore, you
can enjoy all kinds of concerts, operas and musicals at different
venues. International artists quite often play in Aalborg.
You can also find cinemas, theatres, cultural centres, festivals, art
galleries and the art museum “Kunsten”, or you could visit interesting
historic sites like e.g. Lindholm Høje, a viking burial site, or the
remains of an old monastery buried under ground.
There is also a zoo and the beautiful waterfront with its many marinas.
The largest carnival in Northern Europe also takes place in late May
when the city streets are filled with festive figures dancing in parades
through the city to the park where there are concerts from several
Cafés and restaurants
Aalborg is also known for its many Danish and international
restaurants, cafés and bars – more per inhabitant than any other town or
city in the country. You can find food and drink at any price range.
Even students can eat out at reasonable prices.
When it comes to shopping, Aalborg has shops in every price range to
even allow people on a student budget to find what they need.
Aalborg have all sorts of specialty shops to suit any need or
interest. In the southern part of Aalborg, know to locals as “City Syd”,
there is a large shopping are with more than 100 stores of every kind
plus two shopping centres with specialty shops.
The shops make an effort to mark the change of the seasons and
decorate their interiors to match. There are many events all year round
including free ones that are suitable to a student economy.
For Christmas the streets are decorated with lights and fir and you
can visit the Christmas market in the old town square “Gammeltorv” where
you can buy traditional Danish Christmas foods and decorations.
During winter there is also an ice skating rink at C.W. Obels Plads
where you can skate for free if you bring your own ice skates. Aalborg
has such an enjoyable atmosphere at this time of year.
Sport and active lifestyle
For people who like to maintain an active lifestyle, Aalborg features
public swimming pools, a number of fitness clubs, different sport clubs
for playing tennis, football, handball, bowling etc.
Running events are also very popular and anyone can sign up to take part usually at a small fee.
The city also has a football stadium, the “Energi Nord Arena”, home
of the football club. If you prefer ice hockey, the largest ice stadium
of Denmark just happens to be part of the enormous “Gigantium” sport and
culture centre in Aalborg.
Gigantium is also home to various events e.g. a flea markets, sports
fair, home and lifestyle fair, talks and the city handball team also
practices and plays its home games in these facilities.
Aalborgs surroundings offer water, forests and varied terrain to its
visitors which allows for many different sporting activities such as
rowing and kayaking, mountainbiking and running.
The city provides its inhabitants with good living facilities as well
as an efficient public bus transport system and good train connections.
You could be gazing over the blue waters of the Limfjorden only to
find yourself a few minutes later in the middle of the bustling life of
the shopping streets.
By bicycle you can reach all the parts of the city in less than 15
minutes when starting from the city centre. If you need to travelling
further, nothing could be easier; Aalborg has motor ways for easy access
to other parts of Denmark and naturally we have an airport that offers a
large variety of domestic and international departures.
The airport is only 20 minutes away from the city centre and can be reached by bus.