Thankfully the train protest was on Monday because on Tuesday morning Michael and I left for Aarhus. My mother and step-father decided to stay in Copenhagen for one more day before re-joining us on Wednesday.
Michael and I bought the new Orange Fri tickets, which are cheaper, especially if you buy them a day or more in advance - you just better hope there isn’t a train protest! But the Orange Fri can be about half as cheap, and well worth it! You can still reserve a seat for a slight increase, but we found that reserving a seat was unnecessary, either because the day we traveled wasn’t busy or because it is never too busy.
The train ride from Copenhagen to Aarhus was around 3 to 3 1/2 hours long, so bring a book, take a nap, or watch a movie on your laptop. Or if you’re like me, listen to some music while watching the countryside flash by the window. There’s at least one bridge you pass over where you get a wonderful view of the sea all around you, and then there’s a section where you pass through a tunnel briefly before being shot once more into the beautiful countryside.
Once we arrived in Aarhus, we suffered from a little bit of confusion. Inside the central train station, they have plenty of kiosks for buying train tickets, but they had no booths for purchasing bus tickets, and we knew that riding the bus was the way to get around Aarhus because they don’t have a train or metro system like Copenhagen. So, after wandering around, we eventually decided to step into the DSB office, take a ticket, and get some information from one of the clerks there. It turns out you can either use their app to purchase bus tickets, or you can pay on the bus with money. Michael and I opted for the app because we could do it while waiting at a bus stop and not have to worry about carrying the small Danish kroner coins. If you have cell service while in Denmark, we suggest the app. It’s called Midttrafik. Once we had the app, we used Google Maps to figure out which bus we’d want to get to the Airbnb. Michael and I aren’t usually into using these house/apartment share apps, but my mother insisted on it.
The Airbnb ended up being awesome because it was the penthouse on a nine-story apartment, which allowed us some awe-inspiring views of Aarhus. We’ll have more pictures coming up, and some of them will include the view! But the Airbnb ended up being pretty removed from the main part of Aarhus. Next time, Michael and I would want to have a hotel closer to the Strøget in Aarhus.
When we finally got ourselves settled in the apartment, it was pretty late in the day, and we needed to eat something, so we hopped onto Yelp… and found it hard to find anything decent or within our price range. At first, we wondered if Aarhus was just as expensive as Copenhagen… and then I found it… a little place on Google Maps where pictures proved the prices weren’t bonkers. It’s called Aarhus Street Food, and it is close to the bus hub, just a couple blocks away from Strøget. We had no idea what to expect, and the moment we stepped through the front doors, we realized we were in foodie heaven. There were about 20-30 stalls of food, and each booth was made from a shipping container. There was a blend of older and younger people, proving that the atmosphere and food can appeal to anyone. They had anything from traditional Danish food to Thai to duck dishes to American. And the prices were the best we’ve ever found in Denmark and the alcohol there wasn’t too expensive either! It was the perfect night!
As we walked home, we enjoyed taking a look around the city. The next day we would be able to explore.
More to come next week and stayed tuned for more updated photos!