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Århus is the (unofficial) capital of Jutland and the second city of Denmark. The city was established in the eighth century by the Vikings. It is a pleasant city with Den Gamle By (The Old Town) as the main attraction. That is an open-air museum with houses from different places in Denmark. There are attractive beaches near the city.
Århus has almost 300,000 inhabitants, but including the suburbs the conurbation Århus has about 800,000 inhabitants. The population is very young due to the presence of a university and other higher educations: Århus has 40,000 students.
The city lies on the east-coast of the administrative Mid-Jutland region (Danish: Region Midtjylland). Århus is built around the harbor at the Kattegat, which is part of the connection between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The surrounding of Århus is hilly and south of the city there are large forests. The southern neighborhoods are partly situated in the middle of these forests.
The harbor of Århus plays an important role in the local economy. Agricultural products are exported out of Jutland via this port, and especially iron and steel products are imported. It is the largest container port on the Danish mainland. There are also companies specializing in information and communication technologies. Furthermore, Århus is an important city for education, there being a university and various other institutes of higher education.
Aarhus Airport is situated 40 km northeast of the city, and is easily accessible by rental car. From the city center, just follow the Djursland highway out. There are signs along the way that clearly indicate the route. Because the number of available destinations is limited, Billund Airport also plays an important role for the city. It is situated 95 km southwest of Århus and can be reached through highway E45 with a rental car.
Århus has an excellent public transportation system. The city buses run regularly from or through Banegårdspladsen in the center of the city. If you have an ÅrhusCard, you can use the public transportation for free. You also receive discount on entrance fees for various attractions.
The center of Århus is easily accessible by rental car. You will also have little trouble finding a parking spot. Tip: with the ÅrhusCard you can park for free anywhere in the center! A rental car is ideal to explore the city area.
The city has a variety of hotels in any price range, as well as a campsite in the area. You can also choose to stay on a real Danish farm. Although it will be out of town, with a rental car you would be mobile enough to explore the countryside as well as the city.
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