Jomfru Ane Gade (English translation: Virgin Ane Street.) The street, near a convent, was named after a fifteenth century nun known as Ane.
What makes this bit of history all the more interesting is to walk down the cobble stone street of Jomfru Ane Gade from end to end. Captivating old world houses have been converted into one of the best nightlife spots in Danmark. On both sides of the street are restaurants, cafes, pubs and discos for your entertainment and pleasure.
Now how was the transformation made I wonder?
L.A. Bar and Spirit of America seem to be pretty popular places with the students of Aalborg, but there are more traditionally Danish spots to choose from as well.
Saturday nights are the busiest and on Thursdays and Friday afternoons drink prices are reduced at many places. You must be 18 years old at least to drink alcoholic beverages so bring your ID.%s(
This is quite an interesting place. It contains the underground excavations of the Alborg Franciscan Friary.
It shows what went on throughout the ages and displays what was found in the various parts of the Friary. These meant that there was a large amount of people buried, and so expect to see skeletons and bones, even some teeth sticking out the mud. One thing to look out for is the skull which has a big diagonal cut through the front, obviously made by being on the wrong end of an axe or sword.
If you like this kind of entertainment this is great for you. The city council had bought Aalborg Tivoli so you can go in for free.This is not as big as Tivoli in Copenhagen but fun.
The park is open 11-22
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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Lindholm Hills (Lindholm Høje) is a vast wiking cemetary from the late Iron Age and the Wiking Era, situated on a sloping hill on the North bank of the Liimfiord just opposite Aalborg. The fiord is at its narrowest just here and thus the obvious choice for the connection between Vendsyssel to the North and mainland Jutland.
The hill climbs to 42 meters above the fiord.
On the hill, several hundred stone dwellings are to be found and more than 700 graves have been uncovered, primarily with burnmarks as if the departed had been burned on funeral pyres.
The oldest graves date back to the year 500 AD while the youngest were made as late as the year 1100. Furthermore, the remains of a settlement or village have been found in the area. Even the remains of a new-ploughed field were found which must have been ploughed shortly before the sand covered it.
Towards the end of the 11th Century, the whole area was covered by sand. This has played a significant role in preserving the remains and the artifacts till present days.
The ancient cemetary on Lindholm Hills is undisputably one of the most spectacular and beautiful reminders of ancient times in the whole of Denmark. From the top of the hill, on clear days, there is a marvellous view of Aalborg and the fiord which stretches through the landscape for miles and miles. A true “must” for any visit to Aalborg.
The cemetary was discovered in the 1930ies, and completely escavated 1952-58
Next to the hill, an interesting museum is found, displaying in an untraditional way the artifacts from the escavations, as well as reconstructions, panoramas, maps and illustrations of the life and death of the wikings and their ancestors.
There is an OK, mid-priced café in the museum were you can have a cup of coffee or a meal while digesting the impressions from the visit. It is an excellent place to bring children as well.
Related sites: Fendrup Nihøje, Aalborg Historiske Museum, The Greyfriar Monestery
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1. Go fishing in the heart af the city.
Fishing is permitted from the quayside in Aalborg.
Fishing licence can be purchased at www.fisketegn.dk – also an English version.
• February - May
• September - October
• May - June
• February- March
• November - December
• June - September
2. Cycle trip around the Limjford
Aalborg Raadhus (Old Town Hall) was built in 1762. There was a Town Hall at exactly the same spot prior to the existing building, but this was partly a wooden construction and seriously needed replacement in the mid 18th century.
It is a beautiful Baroque building in the immediate city centre. The yellow color is the original color of the building - which was painted white for more than 100 years, but regained it's original appearance in the late 1980s. Until 1912 the Borough of Aalborg's administration was assembled in The Old Town Hall, where the tasks were solved by only 9 persons.
Today it is only used for official receptions and representative city business as well as all civil weddings which are administered by the Major's Office.
The nice wooden Great City Hall where once counsil meetings with city Fathers tooks place is decorated with splendid carvings and heavy wooden furniture.
You should try to go inside; if the door is not closed, you will get no problems if you access it. And: It's free!
Aalborghus Castle at the Limfjord was built by Christian III from 1539 to ca 1555 as a fortification and became the seat of the king's provincial governors in Northern Jutland, a function which the castle retains today, as it is used by the State County of Northern Jutland.
Today, only the east wing remains of the original castle. The present north wing facing the port was built by Christian IV in the 1630s, and the freestanding building facing south is younger.
There is no public access to the buildings, but it is possible to walk around the courtyard and the surrounding area where the original ramparts are visible. The casemates and the prisoner dungeon can also be visited in the summer season.
The first documentation of Aalborghus, dating back to 1340, revealed that the castle was originally located a little to the south of its present day position.. In 1513, King Hans died here after having fallen from his stead.
Christian III eventually demolished the castle in 1539 and commenced the building of a more modern, fortified castle further north, close to the Liim Fjord.
This castle was meant as an administrative centre and a fortress, but it proved impractical for military purposes as it could not supply its garrison with drinking water in the event of a siege. It did, however, become the seat of the Royal Governor.
The three-winged castle was completed around 1555, and a barrier wall was constructed on the fourth side facing the Liim Fjord. In 1633, Christian IV affixed a large wing onto the barrier wall. This wing still survives with its façade facing the harbour. It once contained granaries on several floors to store corn taxes. A similar wing was situated on the westerly ramparts, of which a long salt cellar still exists; it was used for storing pork, poultry, fish and other tithes.
The castle courtyard and parklike surroundings and ramparts form a welcomed oasis in the city centre and a nice place to have a moment of relaxation and tranquility. ½ hour well-spend!
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
A real "must" for Aalborg is to stroll along the Østeraagade. What nowadays is virtually a pedestrian refuge only occasionally interrupted by a passing bus was actually an important canal where ships could come up from the fiord and unload their cargo in front of one of the numerous merchant houses that used to be alongside the canal. Today, only the most important one remains: Jens Bang Stenhus (The Stone House of Jens Bang), build in early 17th centuary in late dutch renaissance style by the most powerful local merchant at the time, friend of King Christian IV - Jens Bang. Over the year his wealth and fine connections with the monarch created a very bad relationship between Jens Bang and the local authorities.
The old town hall is situated right next to the fabulous Stenhus and is but a dwarf in comparison. Jens Bang aimed at building far higher and more impressive than had ever been seen in North Jutland - but most importantly: The Stenhus was build to significantly display his wealth and power.
The wall that faces the old town hall is decorated with carefully carved "spitting images" of town hall officials in the form of devils and clowns - all displaying a fully stretched tounge towards the local establishment.
It is possible to go inside this magnificent building; partly it hosts a pharmacy (very intersting decor, by the way) on the street level, but in the basement the unmatched scenary of Duus Vinkjælder (The Wine Basement of Duus) is to be found. In these spectacular rooms, a fine bar with ancient traditions is found. It is the home place for the renowned Christian IV Laug (Oder of Christian IV) founded undr WWII to commemorate Danish traditions and history. Many celebrities are members, ranging from Victor Borge to former President George Bush (Sr) and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.
Take a look at the fine building, have a drink in the bar, perhaps evne a cup of mjød (viking beer containing a.o. honey, and found nowhere else!). Just go there: You won't regret it!
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.
Placed on a hill at Skovdalen, The Aalborg Tower (Aalborgtårnet) rises a total of 100m above the sea level. The tower was build in 1933 by The Danish Engineering Forces as an exercise and has remained in place ever since. It was thoroughly renovated in 2005.
If you are not afraid of heights, go there and take the elevator to the top. At the top, there is a closed viewing platform, cealed off from the (often windy) whether which also contains a mid-priced snack and fast food outlet. On clear days, the tower offeres a fantastic view of the City of Aalborg, the island of Egholm and the Liimfiord. Conditions permitting, it is in fact possible to see as far away as the mound of the fiord at Hals, some 30 kilometers away to the East. Also, the Rebild Mountains can be viewed in the distance towards the South. There are indications along the walls showing what you can see and should look for in a certain direction. There are binocolars installed to make viewing details easier.
If the wind is strong, you will feel the movements of the tower which can be a little unpleasant or fun, depending on your personal relationship with heights…
Opening hours: April 1st – June 30th: 11:00 – 17:00. July 1st – August 9th: 10:00 – 19:00. August 10th – Spetember 23rd + Week 42: 11:00 – 17:00.
Entrence fees: Adults: DKK 25,- Children (3-14 years): DKK 15,- Group discounts available
On clear summer’s days you may face upto 15 minutes of waiting in line to access the tower.
The very beautiful museum, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, houses a permanent collection of Danish and international art from around 1900 to the present. Apart from works of some of the finest Danish artists, a few works of e.g. Picasson and Gaugain can be found in the permanent collection.
The impressive and light building was designed by renowned architects Elissa and Alvar Aalto, and Jean-Jacques Baruel. The choice og materials include marmor and dark wood.
There are always special exhibitions with various themes to supplement the permanent collection. Also, the museum contains a beautiful sculpture park and an amphitheatre. Other events from time to time include concerts, chamber music, seminars and films.
The museeum is certainly worth visiting. Even if great art is not your favorite, the splendor of the building makes it worthwhile, especially on a rainy day.
Conducted tours can be arranged when contacting the Museum's office.
There is a (slightly overpriced) cafeteria in the basement which also serves Children’s Menus
Entrence fees are DKK 40,- for adults (+16 years) and DKK 20,- for children.
In December, no entrence fee is charged.
Opening hours: 10:00 – 17:00 Tuesday through Sunday. Monday closed.
Also open on public holidays, exept December 24th through 26th and January 1st .
This park is very close to the Aalborg University. The two woodcarvers had come from Bali to make those wooden carves for Hans Christian Andersen's 100th birthday celebrations. So they had inspired from his fairy tales. It is worth to see them and have a relaxing day in the wood too.
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.