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Ålborg Travel Guide: 73 reviews and 188 photos

Aged 1000 Years

Aalborg is the forth largest city in Denmark with a population of about 165.000 people. A new government reform likely to be passed will expand the population in Aalborg Borough to nearly 200.000 by 2006. I have lived in and around this city for more than 30 years.

There has been a city called Aalborg here for more than a 1.000 years, but settlement reaches back several thousand years. Build as it is on a number of hills at the banks of the Liim Fiord where the fiord is quite narrow, it has always been a perfect location for trade and transport by ship. Therefore, the harbour has played a significant part throughout the city's history - from the Iron Age through the Viking Era all the way up to our time

A City in Transition

Until some 25 years ago, Aalborg was renowned as one of Denmark's most important industrial centres producing many important goods such as cement, ships and the famous Aalborg Akvavit - the aqua vita known all over the world. Thus, besides Copenhagen, Aalborg is the only other city with a true skyline consisting of high silos, chimneys and tall industrial plants which can be viewed from a long distance.
Even today some important large industrial companies remain, but the city suffered severely from globalization and one by one the major factories have been closed down and production moved to parts of the world where salary costs are less than here.
From the 1980ies till today the city lost the ship yards, the brewery, the eternit factory and a lot of other companies. Even the famous Akvavit is now being produced in Sweden!

However, the city has managed to cope with these radical changes to its economic structure and is now one of the most important places for education and research in the country with many newly established companies working with IT and cell phone technologies. SonyEricsson, Siemens and other international players are among the newcomers present in Aalborg today. It is by no means an industrial dinosaur or dying has-been city you will meet, but a bright, well-preserved, active and friendly community with a lot of things to offer.
Gone are the days where youngsters with no desire to get further educated could choose between jobs at the ship yard or working at the cement or eternit production plant when they finished school; now there is a flourishing and burstling student environment capable of absorbing almost all young local people - including an internationally acclaimed university recognized as one of the finest in the area of communication technologies, social research and many other areas, attracting students from all parts of the country and the rest of Europe as well.

Numerous development projects are underway in Aalborg these days, including projects to completely renew the waterfront area and bring the city even closer to the fiord. Many of the buildings which can be seen on the fiord banks are less than ten years old - many of them are quite spectacular and they have been drawn and build to fit in very well with the existing buildings and the general city image. Also, an extremely interesting new music house very close to Aalborghus Castle is being planned. This will definately make the city even more attractive. Also, on the Northern banks, in the city area named Nørresundby, many interesting development projects are in progress. The city is constantly renewed and expanded while paying particular attention to architectual and environmental aspects of the changes - and this also makes Aalborg an interesting place to visit.

Entertainment & Culture - That's Aalborg!

Aalborg is the city in Denmark with the highest percentage of bars and restaurants per capita! There is fierce competition between the several hundred establishments which has brought prices down to rock-buttom - so dining out is both cheep and good! Most of the entertainment is found in a relatively small downtown area which makes nightlife in Aalborg really the best in the entire country. Every weekend, this fact brings thousands of tourists - primarily Norwegians and Swedes - to the city where busses and planes are unloading their human cargo and the party gets going!
The status as entertainment capital of Denmark is also the prime reason why Aalborg is the place with the highest amount of large scale conferences and international meetings in Denmark, second only to Copenhagen. Many of these events are taking place in the beautiful Aalborg Congress and Culture Centre in the city centre.

Also when it comes to shopping, the capital of Northern Jutland is a place where you will be able to make a bargain with a variety of different comodities. Especially in the city centre many non-mainstream and interesting shops can be found.

Aalborg is a very green city with vast, beautiful parks and forrest-like public areas, as well as the nature preserving "green belts" reaching from the periphery all the way to the city centre, thus forming a bridge for the wildlife and flora between the city and the surrounding open landscape. The presence at the fiord further adds to the impression of being close to nature in a busy city.

The rich cultural heritage of Aalborg and the numerous museums and sights also account for a good reason to visit the city! Experience the life of the vikings at Lindholm Hills, the medieval houses in the city centre and the fabulous buildings and collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Northern Jutland.

Whatever your reason for visiting Aalborg may be: You are welcome!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Old & New, Funny & Serious, Warm & Welcoming!
  • Cons:More bars than you can visit - even if you stayed a year!
  • In a nutshell:A 1000 years old - But still going strong!
  • Last visit to Ålborg: Nov 2004
  • Intro Updated Nov 22, 2004
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  • vichatherly's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2008 at 5:35 AM

    I'll be heading to aalborg next week for the football. Sounds like an interesting place.

  • marielexoteria's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2008 at 2:25 AM

    I really enjoyed going up Aalborgtårnet and visiting the Zoo. Aalborg is a nice, cozy place.

  • Nov 4, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Had a brilliant 2 hours Saturday watching the antics of the regulars in Polly's. Did not understand the language, but no problem as the good humour you described was everywhere. The Irish House and the Oysterband at Skraaen were excellent.

  • Apr 3, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    You have alot of great info. My cousins live in Aalborg so I recognized many of your sites! Makes me want to go again! Thanks

  • Pablo_krak's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2004 at 1:23 PM

    Aalborg is beautiful! Very nice and useful new Tips I remeber in Aalborg one street only with bars and pubs - very nice

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