In recent years, Aalborg’s waterfront has undergone a major transformation from the city’s bustling industrial heart to an oasis in the city center with world-class architecture, tantalizing gastronomy and cozy city atmosphere.
From Limfjordsbroen [Limfjord Bridge], which connects Aalborg and Nørresundby, there is a view of the internationally renowned Utzon Center, an experimental culture and research center where architecture, design, art and presentation come together. The center was designed by renowned architect Jørn Utzon and was Utzon’s last work before his death in November 2008. The Utzon Center was inaugurated in May 2008 and was the first in a series of cultural attractions along the waterfront in Jørn Utzon’s hometown.
Further down the waterfront is yet another architectural masterpiece Musikkens Hus [House of Music]. Musikkens Hus was designed by the international architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au and consists of more than 20,000 m2 distributed on nine levels, including four concert halls, five stages, an inviting restaurant, an exciting foyer as well as teaching and administration facilities.
Behind Musikkens Hus is Aalborg’s old power plant Nordkraft, which once supplied electricity to Aalborgians. Today, a completely different type of power emanates from the old coal-fired power plant, which has been transformed into one of Europe’s largest and most impressive culture and activity houses. Here you can go to the theater in Teater Nordkraft, listen to concerts at Skråen and KUL, see art exhibitions at Aalborg Kunstpavillon and Kunsthal NORD and watch movies at Biffen. You can cultivate your well-being at DGI-Huset Nordkraft, Aalborg Kickboxing Club and Sportskarate.dk. You can also enjoy food and drinks at Azzurra Nordkraft and Café Mumbai – and visit North Jutland’s largest farmers’ market.
Aalborg waterfront offers several historical attractions including Aalborghus Castle, a relic from Denmark’s last civil war, “the Count’s Feud”, where King Christian III chose to establish a new fortress close to the Limfjord, which could withstand artillery fire. You can go for walks year round in the beautiful castle park and visit the underground passages and in the summer, you can also tour the dungeon.
The waterfront abounds in activities both on land and at sea. The Limfjord creates the perfect setting for watersports along the waterfront. On the eastern side of the harbor is Aalborg Cable Park, which offers watersport activities with wakeboarding as the main focus. The club has two cables, which is an environmentally friendly replacement for the speedboats that have traditionally been used for wakeboarding and water skiing.
During the summer months is the opportune time for a nice dip in the Aalborg Harbor Bath. Here you can take a refreshing dip or simply enjoy the beautiful waterfront and the vibrant city life from the many sundecks.
Back on land, Jomfru Ane Parken offers a host of activities during the summer months, when there’s a sea of people as far as the eye can see. The central part of the waterfront also offers many opportunities for physical activities with an urban sports area with, among other things, street soccer and basketball courts.
The new culture bridge connects Aalborg and Nørresundby and is definitely a good reason to go on a nice stroll or bike ride by the water. The culture bridge is easily recognizable by its red color and beautiful lights at night. Perhaps the bridge gained its nickname “Bridge of Love” because of its red, warm color, the amazing views, and the relaxing experience of crossing the bridge.
Further west, Vestre Bådehavn [the Western Marina] rounds off the waterfront and is the frame for 400 berths. The waterfront leads the guests to the newly built Vestre Fjordpark, which in recent years has been transformed into a 165,000 m2 summer paradise and gathering spot for Aalborgians. Here, there is ample opportunity to swim, canoe and kayak, windsurf, take winter baths or just enjoy the sun and the beautiful scenery in the fjord.
Aalborg’s waterfront offers a variety of dining experiences that are second to none. Restaurant Fusion’s beautiful location overlooking the Limfjord offers culinary experiences inspired by European and Asian cuisine.
The ship restaurant Prinses Juliana is docked further down the waterfront. Princess Juliana is an old Dutch training ship, which in 1931 was named after Her Royal Highness Princess Juliana of Holland. The ship served as a training ship until 1969 and now happily spends its days as a floating gourmet restaurant docked on Vestre Havnepromenade in Aalborg.
Aalborg Street Food – The Lighthouse is Aalborg’s first permanent Street Food market. Here you’ll find that gastronomic delights and local produce take pride of place. The market, located at Skudehavnen in Vestbyen, features 16 different cuisines, all of which provide authentic food with inspiration from all over the world. There are also several bars serving everything from hot coffee to cold drinks