Lindholm Høje

The history of Aalborg

Aalborg is Denmark’s fourth largest city. It’s a multi-faceted city - full of contrasts. A city with a lust for life and all of its pleasures. It’s also grand on a manageable scale. The port and all the major city attractions are concentrated within easy distance. Aalborg went from fast-paced fun to peaceful oases, from a foaming draft beer to sublime gastronomy, and from the viking through the middle ages to a modern, international city full of art and culture.

Viking heritage

The Vikings founded the city of Aalborg in the 7th century at the narrowest banks of the Liim Fjord. The Viking settlement at "Lindholm Høje" just north of Aalborg was extremely influential in the Viking Era's international trade patterns.

Today, "Lindholm Høje" is one of Scandinavia's largest and most beautiful ancient monuments from this proud era in Danish history including a magnificent burial ground and a modern museum.

Aalborg - Denmark's most lively city

With its 198.000 inhabitants, Aalborg is the fourth largest city of Denmark and the regional capital of North Denmark - the region in Denmark blessed by nature with the most hours of sunshine.

Aalborg is a bustling university city situated at the narrowest part of the picturesque Limfjord in the midst of wood-covered hills, moors and shallow marshes and you can reach some of the most beautiful beaches in Northern Europe within 30 minutes.

Over the years, the city has developed into one of the busiest trading centres in Denmark. Activity and prosperity left their marks on the city's architecture, and many of the old buildings still function as natural elements in the townscape.

Today, the city centre's modern architecture blends in effortlessly with a variety of old buildings and cosy cobbled streets with half-timbered houses and charming squares. So make sure not to miss out on a stroll through pedestrianised shopping district for some real Danish design icons.

Aalborg is known as an exciting city with a wide variety of attractions and activities.

You will find many of them in Jomfru Ane Gade, Aalborg's amusement street with Denmark's longest continuous stretch of restaurants, pubs, discoteques, cafés with music and bars.

In addition to a vast number of cultural events - opera festival, Northern Europe's largest carnival and a jazz and blues fesitval to mention a few - Aalborg is renowned for its many restaurants, cafés and bars - more per inhabitant than any other city in the country.

But our most valued asset is, of course, the open-minded, friendly and hospitable attitude of the people in Aalborg.

Welcome to the city that welcomes foreign visitors with a wealth of activities!

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Lindholm Høje - Viking burial site

Lindholm Høje - Viking burial site

At Lindholm Høje, archeologists have found several burial sites and settlements originating from the Germanic Iron Age and the Viking Age, including 682 graves and 150 stone ships. North of the burial site was a village where houses, fences and wells have been discovered.

Lindholm Høje

Lindholm Høje Museum

Lindholm Høje Museum

At the Lindholm Høje Museum you will find two archeological exhibitions about the Iron Age and the Viking Age, which shows how the Lindholm people used to live.

Lindholm Høje Museum

Lindholm Høje - viking burial grounds and museum in Aalborg

Meet the Vikings in Aalborg

In Aalborg you will find one of Scandinavia’s best preserved Viking finds – dug out from a thick layer of sand which has kept the secrets of Lindholm Høje for thousands of years.

The Utzon Center

Meet Utzon on Aalborg’s waterfront