Lindholm Høje is recognised as Scandinavia’s largest Viking burial ground. It is a burial site and habitation centre from Germanic Iron Age and Viking Age. There are 682 graves and 150 ship settings (graves). At the museum, you can learn about the people of Lindholm’s conditions and see unusual exhibits with models, tableaux and large reconstructive paintings based on the prehistoric finds. These show how the people of Lindholm kept cattle, cultivated the fields, built and furnished their houses, and kept busy cooking, weaving and trading, as well as how they managed all the other chores of everyday life.
At Aalborg Historical Museum, you can see the fascinating exhibitions about the history of Aalborg from ancient times to the Industrial Revolution. If you are interested in archaeology, you definitely have to see the interesting findings from an extensive excavation in the medieval town of Aalborg – among other things an intact hen’s egg from the 13th century. Well-preserved houses with baking ovens and wooden benches provide us with a fascinating glimpse into the houses of the time, and numerous findings from the soil layers report of the inhabitants’ everyday life.
Shiver at the sight of the original sword of Aalborg’s old executioner, Nilaus Bendix, the transportable pillory, chains from the dungeons of Aalborg Castle, the magic book Cyprianus and much, much more…
Take the elevator that goes underneath the city to see the well-preserved medieval ruins of the Franciscan Friary Museum in Aalborg, situated under one of the busy shopping streets of Aalborg, Algade. The ruins originate from approx. year 1250.
Models, findings and displays inform about the excavation of the friary and about the Franciscan life in medieval Aalborg.
A cigar-making table for 10 people sets the scene of an exhibition about the flourishing tobacco trade in Aalborg. You will also find a large variety of the tobacco products sold from the C.W. Obel tobacco factory, which was one of the country’s biggest factories at the time.
When you are strolling along the streets of Aalborg, you will find a number of impressive, ancient buildings. The most famous building is Jens Bang's House, situated in Østerågade. The house was built in 1624 by Jens Bang, a wealthy merchant, and for more than 300 years, the building had been the home of Aalborg's oldest pharmacy.
Further towards the Limfjord, you will see Jørgen Olufsens Gård. This building is an old merchant’s house from 1616, constructed by Jørgen Olfusen, half-brother to Jens Bang.
In ‘Kattesundet’ you can visit Haandværkerhuset – House of Crafts, built in 1630, where the buildings were originally part of Oluf Christensens large merchant's house that stretched from Vesterå to Kattesundet - over 4,000 square feet!
Today, the house contains workshops from traditional crafts such as a hand forge, tin and copper smithing, a turner, carpenter, joiner and clockmaker.
If you continue you will see Budolfi Church that has functioned as Cathedral since 1554, named after the English patron saint of seamen St. Botolph. The Cathedral was built mainly around 1400 in a Gothic style, and has since been rebuilt and expanded.
The oldest parts date from about 1100 and the baroque spire is from 1779. The altarpiece and pulpit are from the end of the 17th Century. The interior is classically beautiful, as well as very colourful.
Close to Budolfi church is the Monastery of the Holy Ghost, which is the oldest social institution in Denmark. It was established in 1431 by the wealthy woman Maren Hemmings, and was elevated to Monastery in 1451. Since the Reformation, the Monastery was a hospital, and the city's Latin School was housed here for nearly 300 years. During the Second World War, the Churchill Club, Denmark’s first resistance group, was based here.
The monastery is one of the biggest and best preserved in Denmark. It has a historical interior with frescoes dated back to the 16th century. The Monastery was a double monastery divided into a section for monks and one for nuns, and their duties were to take care of the sick and the old - a task which has been carried out here ever since the Monastery was established.
At Aalborghus Castle, you can visit the damp dungeon and get a feel for what it would have been like to be imprisoned in such a small, dark prison. Also, you can visit the murky underground passages – the casemates – under the castle. Take a walk in the courtyard and in the park, and get lost in another time of history. Aalborghus Castle is Denmark’s only preserved tax collecting castle built by King Christian the 3rd in 1539-1555 as the residence of the local governor. Today, the castle houses the state administration of Northern Jutland.
From Hobrovej, you can see the old post mill, Vester Mariendal Mill, which was built on Skovbakken in 1757-60 and moved to Vester Mariendal around 1893. The mill contains millwork, gears etc. The mill belongs to Aalborg municipality and is only used as a landmark.
Øster Sundby Mill is open for visit in the evenings, Saturday afternoon and Sunday by appointment. The mill is Dutch and features a manual yawing mechanism.
At the tourist office you can find a little flyer “Good Old Aalborg” with two guides to historical walks around old Aalborg. This is an exciting and educational flyer that leads you through charming routes of paved streets, small half-timbered houses and hidden alleys.
If you visit Springeren - Maritime Experience Centre you can see Aalborg Mini City on the lawn. In this Mini City you will find miniature models of ancient Aalborg buildings, constructed as the buildings looked like around 1870.
At the moment, you will find around 50 miniature models of buildings from old Aalborg, and the production of new buildings is an ongoing process.
Read more about Aalborg Mini City.
The Museum of Water Technology in Aalborg has intact installations which have worked for many years. The oldest preserved machine is from 1893. There are also steam boilers, oil engines, electric pumps, measuring instruments, switchboards etc.
Read more about the Museum of Water Technology.