Flights to Aalborg
Why visit Aalborg?
Denmark’s fourth largest city is a pleasing mix of historic, half-timbered houses and contemporary commerce, built on one of Europe’s most thriving clean-energy industries.
Known to all in Denmark as simply Gaden (“The Street”), Jomfru Ane Gade is Aalborg’s narrow, pedestrianised nightlife hub, giving the impression that someone has transplanted Ibiza to North Jutland.
You probably didn’t know
Aalborg is synonymous with akvavit, the strong, clear spirit similar to schnapps.
Suggested reading about Aalborg
Utzon & the New Tradition (Christian Norberg-Schulz, Kim Dirckinck-Holmfeld, Martin Keiding, 2005).
- Population: 109,092 (2014)
- Annual visitor numbers: 966,000 (2015)
- January mean temp: 0°C
- August mean temp: 15°C
Things to do in Aalborg
Fisk og Skaldyr
The aptly named Fisk og Skaldyr (Fish & Shellfish), run by chef/owner Imad Chehab, considers itself Aalborg’s only gastronomic fish restaurant – hence the caviar, turbot, oysters and fine wines. But you needn’t dine like an oligarch – the monthly changing set-price menu will typically feature salmon, halibut and shrimp.
For years, Mortens Kro has been the top table in Aalborg. Brainchild of Morten Nielsen, this upscale Danish-international restaurant was unveiled in 1997, after Nielsen became Denmark’s Chef of the Year. It offers a two- and three-course menu from Monday to Thursday. If you travel to Aalborg and go to this restaurnat, try mouthwatering home-smoked salmon and Danish wild duck are just a couple of the star dishes.
Hos Isidor Henius
Hos Isidor Henius is more local eatery than white-tableclothed restaurant but offers a real taste of Denmark. Named after the city’s most famous akvavit distiller, Henius features red-and-white checked tablecloths creaking under traditional open sandwiches. If you visit Aalborg, try smoked eel, hand-peeled shrimp, boiled brisket of beef which are among dozens of choices. All washed down with house-speciality akvavit, of course.
Reopened in September 2016 by TV celebrity chef Michael ‘Miv’ Pedersen, TABU is where he creates innovative five- and six-course menus using North Jutland ingredients. It also allows Pedersen to return to his culinary roots after making a huge success of the CANblau Tapas Bar here.
Irish House in Aalborg
Of all the many bars lining Jomfru Ane Gade, the Irish House stands out, partly for its longevity, partly for its live music and mostly for its atmosphere. Opened in 2002, this revered pub hosts Irish acts every weekend, with jam sessions and solo artists filling out a busy agenda. There’s live sport, too, and the house special of Irish stew on the menu.
Benediktes is Aalborg’s premier nightspot, right on Jomfru Ane Gade. Loud, brash and flashy, it has kept the party going until 6am every weekend since opening in 2013. Its Thursday nights provide a great warm-up too. Cocktails are the drink of choice.
Aalborg Bicycle Store
Conveniently set near the main train station of Aalborg on John F Kennedy Plads, the Aalborg Bicycle Store is probably the most well stocked in town, with more than 60 makes and models of bike. Helmets, clothing, panniers and all kinds of equipment are also available. You can even have a two-wheeler custom-built.
From 7.30am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Aalborg’s main produce market, Grønttorvet not only comprises vans and stalls of cheese, meat, fish, flowers, fruit and vegetables, but also take-home goodies such as oils, jams, honeys and chocolate. Nearly all traders speak English and will be happy to advise.
An imaginative waterside development in an ex-industrial space, Nordkraft comprises the namesake four-auditorium theatre, smaller performance venue Skråen and Aalborg’s main independent cinema, Biffen. The rest is given over to workshops, studios and sports facilities, including Denmark’s largest climbing wall.
Aalborg main concert venue, Aalborghallen is large and prestigious enough to stage the likes of Elton John and Sting, but intimate enough to have a capacity of below 3,000. Built in 1933, rebuilt in 1953, it forms the heart of the Aalborg Kongres & Kultur Center, a cavernous complex of 40-plus conference rooms and events spaces.
Open all year round and free on Christmas Eve, Aalborg Zoo makes feeding times a public spectacle from May 1 until the autumn. Penguins, sea lions, elephants, orangutans, coatis and lions and tigers have their meals timetabled for the late morning or early afternoon. The zoo provides communal barbecue and picnic areas around the grounds.
Events to look out when you fly to Aalborg
- Aalborg Mountain Bike Marathon (Apr)
- Aalborg Carnival (May)
- Nibe Festival (June-July)
- Aalborg Opera Festival (Aug)
- Den Blå blues & jazz festival (Aug)
- Game Scope – Aalborg Games Festival (Aug)
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