Part of our tour in and around Arhus included a ride on a vintage train in Bryup, a small town close to the center of Jutland. The steam train is made up of vintage rail cars pulled by a lovingly-maintained locomotive which rolled down the tracks in an impressive fashion to meet us. The locomotive was spouting steam and the steam whistle was blowing, which obviously struck great joy in the hearts of "Train Spotters" who take great pleasure in photographing old engines. This train has been lovingly preserved, and delights folks on a daily basis which is so much personal than just sitting on display in a museum--it keeps the train's history alive. I have to say that the 5 km ride was way too short for me as I would have loved to ride on it much longer. The track bed was a little uneven in places giving us some exciting moments, but the ride and the scenery were really quite pleasant. The train clickitty-clacked along the track until we came upon the small, old train station called Vrads Station. We were allowed to step off the train for about 20 minutes.
There was a little store which sold bottled drinks, beer, and packaged ice cream, and a few postcards and such. Next door was a little eatery which served meals and tea, coffee, etc. Someone was clattering around in the little kitchen who we could not see. It was a cute little place and it was too bad we didn't have time for a little tea.
Then it was back on the train for the return journey. We passed deep stands of evergreen trees and little ponds with ducks. The steam from the locomotive engine drifted back past our train cars which put me in an Agatha Christy kind of mood and very atmospheric if you have a good imagination.
Prices for the train ride are about 34 Dkk for adults and 17 Dkk for children under 12. It's a small price to pay to preserve this beautiful piece of locomotive history.
Again, information on this exhibit is not meant to be morbid.
Elling Woman, a preserved corpse, was actually discovered about 12 years prior to Tollund Man in 1938, but found less than 100 meters from Tollund Man. A braided-leather rope was also found around her neck indicating she had been hung---but for what -- a sacrifice to the gods?? For a crime?? We may never know. It is known that she lived roughly in the same time period as Tollund Man.
Elling Woman, as can be seen from the photo, still had dark hair with a distinctive, braid design-- the design has been diagrammed. Perhaps the distinctive braid designed indicated what clan or tribe she belonged to; or whether she was married or unmarried; her social status. It's a pity we don't know. The rest of her body did not appear to be as well preserved as Tollund Man although some pieces of her clothing remained somewhat intact. It would have been interesting to see if the expression on her face (if as well preserved as Tollund Man's) compared in any way to Tollund Man who actually looked peaceful. This may have given clues as to what actually transpired at her death.
In the accompanying picture, you will see what look like boxes near the remains of Elling Woman -- they are actually exhibit mounts for artifacts found with or near Elling Woman. I think I remember that there was some kind of hair pin or hair ornament among the finds. If so, I would think this would indicate a certain "status" -- wealth or family ties, or perhaps just local custom.
It's a gallery as well but, for us, the attraction was the multi coloured panorama on the roof! Sure we visited the rest and parts were interesting but we really loved the panorama! Rightly the top attraction in town.
Here's some pics!
Without meaning to be morbid, one of the most unforgettable museum exhibits I've ever seen is that of "TOLLUND MAN" and "ELLING WOMAN". This exhibit is the most well-known attraction of the Silkeborg Museum where they are on display. "Tollund Man" is the well- preserved body of a man from the Middle Ages who was discovered in 1950 in the Bjaeldskovdal peat bog near Silkeborg in the Village of Tollund. Brothers Emil and Viggo Hojgard discovered the body on their farm. The body was so well preserved that police were called to the scene thinking it might have been a recent murder!! Now it is known that it was the bog acid found in peat bogs that has a tanning effect (such as in leather), which preserved Tollund Man in such excellent form making his death look like a recent incident. "Bog bodies" had already been found in the late 1920's and late 1930's. But apparently this particular man was more well preserved than the earlier finds, and the way in which he died was also very significant.
Tollund Man, thought to have been about 40 years old at the time of his death, who is thought to have been put to death by hanging around 350 B.C., was then put to rest and remained in the bog for about 2,200 years before being found. Notice the braided rope around his neck. Although the whole body was found, the museum decided to save only significant portions of the body though I'm not sure why.
There has been much speculation as to why Tollund Man had been hung and buried in the peat bog when it was generally the custom of the time to be cremated --- were the small-statured man & woman a sacrifice to the gods?? The body was put to rest with great care although the braided leather rope was left around his neck. He was found on his side, almost cradled. Perhaps someone he knew laid him to rest. (Click on the picture to see the oddly peaceful expression of Tollund Man who was clean shaven (although there is whiskar stubble) with short hair and the leather cap which remained on his head.) Is it possible for him to have died by hanging and yet have such a peaceful facial expression?
Himmelbjerget is one of the most popular destinations on Jutland, famous for the beauty of the natural surroundings and for being the highest point in Denmark. Himmelbjerget refers to the mountain or hill itself which rises to approximately 149 meters at its zenith and overlooks the beautiful Lake Jul - So in the Danish Lake District. From this point, you have the grandest view on the mountain. Himmelbjerget was said to have been formed by glacier movement during the Ice Age, and therefore is not a "genuine" hill/mountain but this does nothing to diminish the natural beauty.
Himmelbjerget is known being the site where the Himmelbjerg Tower was erected, as well as The Rostrum on its peak and the many monuments devoted to revered people -- one even devoted to womens' right to vote -- which are scattered around the hillside. It was on Himmelbjerget that King Frederik VII gave the Danish people a constitution in 1849.
On the lower part of the mountain you will find a hotel, restaurant and cafeteria, snack vendors, gift shops and amusements for children making it a good destination for families. The fairly easy hike up and around the mountain make for another way in which to enjoy a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon here. We had just enough time to purchase something light to eat and something to drink here but the dining room area was very pleasant and quiet though quite full.
This park-like area has no admission fee. Himmelbjerget is open from Palm Sunday to April 30 on weekends and holidays only from 10 am to 5pm.
May - June Open everyday from 10am to 7pm;
July - Open everyday 10am - 7pm
August - September 15 Open everyday 10am to 6pm
Fall days and hours vary and opening hours may vary at anytime of year based on weather conditions.
Aros Museum in central Aarhus is brand new. I was there a couple of weeks ago. its a very fascinating place.Its 8 or 9 stories high and there is a great view on the sunterrace.
It has all kind of art, and some of the exhibitions change once in a while.
the entrance is 100 kroner but if you but a membership you get the ticket refunded.
The building is not on fire, but it's an exhibition which was there for 2 weeks. It looked really great.
When i recently visit Aarhus, I could not find any organisede sightseeing tours in the city.
I have now heard from friends in the city that a new tour operator is starting up daily bike tours of the city. I do not know if it's good but it is perhaps worth a try.
At Arhus, if you are looking for a view over the city, I would recommend going up to the terrace of the Aros Arts museum. The museum is located in a little hilly area in the city and is 10 storeys tall. A view from the terrace gives you a 360 degree view of the entire city. When you are at the museum, just take the lift to the top floor and then climb the stairs up to the terrace.
I was told that from the the Moesgaard museum, if you take the forest route on foot, you arrive at the beautiful beach. I tried to but the weather at that point of time was very bad and I dared not to continue.
the old town of Arhus can be seen around the Domkirke. There one can find nice old houses, narrow lanes and a glimpse of the old Arhus. I would like to make a point here. I am not talking about the Den Gamle BY here, it is the old town area of Arhus, where the oldest house is No. 25, dating back to 1575 AD. But if you are visiting here, please be careful about dog poos. I was about to step on one :(
The harbour and waterfront of Arhus is really beautiful. I did not have a time to go to the beach but since my hostel was right opposite to the harbour, I made it a point to go to the harbour early every morning before the sunrise and witness the beautiful sunrise from there. Believe me, it looks beautiful. The rest of the photos of the waterfront are taken from the bus while going to the Moesgaard museum.
The occupation museum (Danish name is Besættelsesmuseet i Århus 1940-45) is located inside the cellar of the old police station in Arhus. The same building had served as Gestapo headquarters for some time. It displays items portraying the daily life in Århus during the German occupation from 1940 to 1945. Also displayed are military equipments and items of terror against the civilian population, Allied, Nazi and Danish propaganda materials, ration tickets, photographs etc.
The museum is run by volunteer staff and is open everyday from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm.
Free entrance with Arhus card.
There is an old wind mill at the Botanical garden in Arhus. It is situated close to Den gamle BY. If you are planning not to pay the high price of entry fees of Den Gamle By the windmill at the botanical garden where you get a free entrance is a nice place to see the open air museum from.
Botanisk Have is the Danish name for a Botanical Garden. It is a botanical garden in Arhus that was founded in 1875. It provides a display of thousands on plant species and tropical greenhouses. It is situated close to Den Gamle By. I visited Arhus in January 2008 from Hamburg when in Hamburg, everything looked rather shabby and the trees were naked, no leaves, no flowers. The very green botanical garden at Arhus provided a welcome break for the eyes. There is also an old windmill in the botanical garden.
The Grauballe Man was found in April, 1952, in a bog near the village of Grauballe near Silkeborg in Jutland, Denmark, by a person digging for peat. Scientists have determined him to be from around 290 BC (2300 years old) and is therefore one of the best preserved bog bodies in the world. The Grauballe Man is very well preserved and its nails and red hair are just amazing to see. Scientists have even taken his fingerprints. Tanning acid present in the peat turned the skin of the body into something like leather and is blackish in colour now. It is believed that the Grauballe Man died from a slit throat, probably a sacrifice to the Goddess of fertility or may even be an execution as punishment for a crime. He was around 30 years old when he was killed.