View From Train Station
While my friend went to a class, I wandered the streets of Alborg and though I saw many wonderous sights, there was much I missed.
I hadn't read a tour guide book about Aalborg because I hadn't known I'd be in this city, so everything I saw was an unexpected surprise.
However, Aalborg is full of wonderful sights, history and things to do, that it would be a shame not to search out all you can before arriving here.
Tivoliland, Jomfru Ane Gade, Jens Bang's House, Saint Budolfi Church, Hjelmerstald, the Aalborg Zoo and the Viking museum are just a few suggestions of what should not be missed while visiting the beautiful and historically rich city.
My visit to Alborg was for the UEFA Champions League Group Match game.
Manchester United played Aalborg BK in the Energi Nord Arena on 30 September 2008. United won 3-0 with goals from Rooney and two from Berbatov, his first for the club.
The stadium is a small place and so getting into the ground was easy.
A street like this is magical to me.
Maybe growing up on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales has something to do with it. Standing at the entrance to this street is like walking into a fairy tale land.
"Hjelmerstald" is discretely tucked away off one of the pedestrian streets.
Small colorful old houses as well as the typical half-timbered buildings which brings the history of Aalborg to life can be see here.
At Hjelmerstald 15 you will find Lange Handicrafts, one of the best handicraft shops offering items worth purchasing as a momento of your stay.
The Underground Greyfriar Monestery Museum
The Greyfriar Monestery Museum (Gråbrødrekloster Museet) is a small – but very unique - underground, “self-service” museum, situated 3 meters below the busy pedestrian shopping street of Algade. Only access is via an elevator outside Salling department store.
In 1994-95, an archeological escavation brought about significant new knowledge on The Greyfriar Monestery and the earliest dawn of the City of Aalborg. Not only does the museum tell the story of the monestery, but also about medieval landscape, agriculture, the market place, unknown churches and the town houses which eventually had to be removed to give room for the munks.
In the museum, well-preserved foundations and walls from the monestery can be seen as well as skelletons from the graveyard and many artifacts from the escavations. The artifacts tell a story of life and death in Medieval Aalborg.
Half an hour very well spend. If you are travelling with children aged 6 and above, they will love it. Entrence fee is only DKK 20.00 per 250 kg of guests (or as many people as can fit inside the elevator).
You can enjoy the assistance of a private, English- or German speaking guide to be organised from Aalborg Historical Museum at a price at DKK 300.00.
Open daily 10:00 – 17:00 exept Mondays. All year.
Related tips: Lindholm Hills, Aalborg Historical Museum, Fendrup Nihøje
The Aalborg Carnival
A very popular instituion amongst the population of Aalborg is the annual carnival that takes place every year in the last weekend of May.
The event has evolved to become nearly a two-day event, but preparations amongst some of the hard-core participants sometimes is a continous all-year-round process studying the samba-moves, making customes and so on. Many groups and dance bands work hard during the winter months to be ready for the parade and the fiesta.
The event opens on Friday evening with the coronation of King (or Queen) Carnival – usually a Danish celebrity, and a Band Battle between some of the many professional and semi-professional dance bands which come from around the world. Saturday is parade day with three parade fingers forming from different locations in the city to join hours later at the waterfront area from which King or Queen Carnival will lead the procession to Kildeparken, the centermost public park where the party continues till late in the night.
During the years, it has risen to become by far the largest carnival parade in the whole of Northern Europe with upto 25.000 participants in 2006 from many different countries. If you are in town during the Carnival, there is no way, you can miss it, since the streets will be packed with participants and large numbers of bystanders eager to see the splendor of the often very creative and fantastic customes.
Even if you are not in town, you really should consider being a part of this big event and join the party for a couple of days!
On Sunday before the main event, a separate “Children’s Carnival” is held for children aged 12 and below. This is really a major family event for many families blessed with youngsters in kindergartens and primary school.
This year (2007) the carnival in Aalborg will celebrate its 25th Aniversary. The carnival will take place from May 25th through May26th and because of its aniversary it is likely to attract even larger crowds than ever before.