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 was 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.
Although it may not be the most obvious place to come by, Café Mix is certainly worth checking out. It was founded 1999 by to former waiters from Aalborg's John Bull Pub, one of which has won the Danish Bartender Championship. The place is quite small - room for some 50 people - and the menu is somewhat ordinary. It is the atmosphere which really makes the café worth visiting.
The café features also a seperate cigar lounge with Chesterfield inventory and the obligatory bar globe. Here, cigar feinsmeckers and connoisseaurs can find everything from Monte Christo and other rare Cuban cigars to American and European brands. Also, the collection of extremely rare cognacs - all XO and above - is a real sight, even if prices makes a "noser" the only option.
The café is attended by a mixture of students and young people and businessmen out for lunch with customers.
Café Mix can be found at the corner of Danmarksgade and Løkkegade, just 100m off pedestrian street Nørregade, some 400m from Vor Frue Cathedral and some 800m from Nytorv.
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.
If you are visiting Aalborg, it is worth visiting the fantastic viking graveyard at Lindholm Høje on the north of the Limfjord. In this field overlooking the city there are over 700 iron age and viking age graves marked by stones and mounds.
See our Lindholm Høje page and "must see" tips for more information.