Well, you know how it is ... just arrived somewhere, forgot to pack something "very" ;) important, so now you'll have to find it at your vacation spot and if you are unlucky, the shop will be closed :P
General opening hours for speciality shops: Monday-Friday 9.30am-6pm. Saturday 9.30/10am-2pm. First Saturday 9.30-4pm.
General opening hours for department stores:
Monday-Wednesday 9.30am-6pm. Thursday-Friday 9.30am-8pm and all Saturdays 9am-5pm.
Generally, banks are open Monday - Friday 10 am-4pm, Thursday to 6pm. Saturday closed.
Spar Nord in Aalborg Storcenter is open Monday - Friday 10am-7pm.
Are generally open Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm, Saturday 9am-12 noon.
24-hour service: Budolfi Apotek, corner of Vesterbro and Algade
Post Office, Algade 42 (in city centre), open Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm, Saturday 9.30-1pm.
Hidden side streets full of charm
South of Algade in the main part of the city, you can wander around about 3 or 4 side streets, one of which is named Hjelmerstald. The leaning half-timbered buildings look like they are in the process of falling down, but on closer inspection it appears that the structures have better support than what you see at first glance.
It is a Revitalized Museum with open workshops, steam sawmill, revitalization with over 100 people and a stone-age settlement. The 50 buildings belonging to the museum are situated in some 500 acres of land. There is a Restaurant and a Cafeteria in one of the buildings.
It is really interesting to see how people lived and dressed up in those days.
Monestery of the Holy Ghost
The Aalborg Monestary is the oldest social institution still active in Denmark. Originally founded in 1431 by Maren Hemmings and gained its status as Monastery of the Holy Ghost in 1451. The prior of the monestery in Aalborg gained status as acting Attorney of the Grand Master of The Order of The Holy Ghost in Rome to all of Scandinavia, thus displaying the importance of the monestery in its glory days. Large land possesions in Northen Jutland outside of Aalborg eventually came in the possession of the monestery.
After The Reformation in 1536, the monastery served for many years as a hospital, and the "Latin School" of Aalborg has its premises here for nearly 300 years till the mid 19th Century. Also, parts of the monestary buildings housed the town library.
Historical interior with chalk frescoes painted around 1500 AD.
The monastery is one of the biggest and best preserved in Denmark. The original church is the only part which does not exist any longer.
In 1940, during WWII, The Churchill Club, the first serious Danish Resistance group founded by Aalborg students and youngsters, was based here until most of its members were caught by The Gestapo.
Nowadays, the monestary is the residence of approximately 40 senior citizens.
There is no public access to the interior of the monestary, but you can walk through the passage from C.W. Obels Square (Monestery Square) into the courtyard, where you can get a good impression of the buildings. Also, there is a fountain in the center of the courtyard.
In the summertime, guided tours inside the monestary are organised in several languages by Aalborg Tourist Information Agency on Østeraagade. You should make inquiries there as to when the next tour is taking place.
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Carnaval in Ålborg
"Europe's biggest Carnaval"
I was here for a conference that ended on the same day that the Carnaval began so I decided to stay the weekend and enjoy the festivities!
The hotel (Hotel Hvide Hus - HHH), where I stayed was also very conveniently located right at the park where the festivities took place and from my balkony I had the best view of the carnaval parade.
It was a special occassion, too, as the carnaval was celebrating this year its 30 year anniversary!
"The Carnaval Parade"
Because this carnaval is so unique in Europe, many groups that participate come from cities all over Europe, maybe a few from outside Europe, too.
The costumes were simply amazing! The Rio carnaval could be jealous of the skill and ingenuity of the people who made and wore these costumes. It was a feast for the eye!
"The faces of Ålborg"
Despite of the cold and overcast day, the parade went on, the show went on and the people of Ålborg were there to enjoy it all, dressed in warm coats or almost half naked in a parade costume, it did not matter.
Their faces were just as colorful as the costumes of the carnaval parade!