Aalborg Travel Guide, Denmark
Aalborg, Denmark – A multifaceted city
Aalborg is an important city of Denmark which is known for its vibrant city life, its adventures and its art and architecture. Over the years, this city has developed into one of the busiest trading hubs in Denmark. It has a very inviting and charming weather conditions and atmosphere during the summer months. Aalborg is also popularly known as the ‘Little Paris of the North’ due to its attractions. With a population of around 122,000 Aalborg is ranked as the fourth largest city of Denmark.
Aalborg was originally founded by Vikings when they first settled about 1300 years ago at Lindholm Hoje which has now turned into a tourist attraction of the city. The original name of the city was Alabu, reference to which is found on a coin of the year 1040. It was only during the middle ages when Aalborg prospered a lot and was ranked amongst the largest cities of Denmark. Aalborg was very important port of trade with Norway until the year 1841 when Norway was relinquished to Sweden. The growth of the city is rapid since the 19th Century when railways reached here and the port was also expanded. Industries started flowing in and Aalborg’s growth took an upward movement.
Chief attractions in Aalborg
Aalborg Zoo is a place of attraction for the whole family. It is known for securing endangered species of animals through an international breeding program. The zoo has many activities for children. The museum of modern art is an impressive visit here. It has a permanent collection of Danish and International art. The museum is housed in a very attractive and stylish building. Another important place to visit in Aalborg is the Aalborg Maritime Museum which is spread over 15000 square metres of space. This museum houses a wide collection of ship models, submarines and other interesting things from the maritime world. It also has collection related to military affairs and commerce.
Lindholm Hoje in Aalborg is the largest burial ground which has more than 700 graves in it. Its history relates back to the Viking age and is one of the main attractions for tourists and visitors. Another important place of attraction in Aalborg is the Aalborg Historical Museum which houses the cultural history of Aalborg. It tells the story of Aalborg from about 1000 yeas back. Other important places include the Aalborg Monastery and the Budolfi Cathedral.
Apart from the cultural heritage, Aalborg also has much in store for the shoppers. The Central Aalborg area has many attractive shopping streets. Shops are concentrated along the two largest pedestrian stretches namely the Bispensgade and Algade. Not only the high streets but the side streets also has many exciting little shops whch sells the work of designers and craftsman.
Entertainment and nightlife
Aalborg has various restaurants, nightclubs, discotheques, bars and pubs which stay open till early morning hours and offers a vibrant nightlife to tourists and visitors.
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