When we traveled to Denmark, it was just a week or two away from Easter, so there were a lot of cute Easter goodies around at the bakeries. Denmark has a version of what we would know as a marshmallow, it’s called flødeboller, and it is a must! Typically, you’ll find them dipped in a light chocolate covering, sometimes with coconut, but close to Easter, you can find them in the shape of chicks. (We’ve included a photo in our Denmark 2019 Image folder.)
Other than buying holiday treats, Michael and I really enjoyed visiting the Viking Museum in downtown Aarhus. We used a map to get there, and at first, we weren’t sure where to go in since it isn’t well marked and doesn’t look like the normal museum. All you have to do is walk into the large glass doors, and go to your left and down the stairs, and there is the museum. Once you get to the bottom of the stairs, there is a little kiosk to pay, and it’s an honor system. Don’t skip paying! It’s very cheap and well worth it. The museum is tiny, just one room, but it’s packed full of Aarhus history, and even has the skeleton of an old resident of Aarhus. It’s fun to imagine living back when and what this man may have seen or experienced. This would be an excellent museum for anyone, but I think the stairs are the only way to get down, so if you can walk down a decent flight of stairs, you might have to skip the museum.
After our little jaunt through the museum, Michael and I enjoyed a stroll through the Strøget in Aarhus. It’s a walking street with too many shops to count. It’s smaller than the one in Copenhagen but still amazing! We managed to find some great places to shop for cheaper shoes and books in Danish, so Lily could bring them back to the USA and keep her Danish.
As we walked around, we found ourselves needing some lunch, so we stopped by Cafe Viggo, which looked good and was slightly cheaper. I will say this about Copenhagen and Aarhus, you really have to search for the cheaper eats, because both of these cities are expensive, but Aarhus is slightly less costly than Copenhagen. Anyways, we chose a seat outside by the river and ordered three dishes off their Småretter (small dishes) section on the menu. You can order three dishes for 150 kroner or about 22 dollars, and we shared because the dishes are a decent size. We loved it so much we ate there at least twice while visiting Aarhus. We especially loved Rimmet Kulmule (Salted Hake), Fish ‘n’ chips, Rørt Kalvetatar (Veal Tartare), and Moules Marinieres (mussels). Yum!
As with Copenhagen, Michael and I enjoyed starting every morning in Aarhus with visiting a cafe, and the closest one to our hotel was a Lagkagehuset. Yum! Nothing like a fresh pastry and a cup of coffee to start a morning off right!
If you aren’t afraid of heights, we recommend going to the Salling Rooftop on top of the mall. You can easily find the mall on a map, and then you just need to keep going up until you reach the rooftop, then if you circle the outside, you will see the platform above the Strøget. Again, as far as I am aware, you have to use stairs to get up to the Salling Rooftop platform, you can still access the roof with an elevator, but the platform over Strøget has stairs. Once on the platform, you can stand on a thick piece of glass and look down at the people below you. And yes, it is scary! But fun!
That night we went right back to Aarhus Streetfood. Yum! Aarhus Street Food has some of the cheapest beer and food prices we have ever found in Aarhus, and it is delicious. There are many different cuisines as well as some traditional Danish, like flæskesteg, which is a crispy pork skin over pork meat. As we leave Aarhus Street Food, we, of course, stopped for some of the delicious ice cream right at the front where you go in and out. You can’t miss it!
Part 3 will be released next Monday!