Once upon a time, Nordkraft supplied the people of Aalborg with electricity. But now, the old, coal-fired power station in the center of Aalborg generates a completely different kind of power – Cultural Power.
Nordkraft has been converted into one of Europe’s biggest and most impressive culture and activity centres. You can go to the theatre in Teater Nordkraft, listen to concerts at Skråen and KUL, visit art exhibitions at Aalborg Art Pavilion and Kunsthal NORD or watch films at Biffen, the movie theatre. You can get fit in DGI-HUSET, Aalborg Kickboxing Klub og Sportskarate.dk and you can enjoy Italian dishes at Azzurra Nordkraft and Indian dishes at Mumbai – and visit North Jutland's biggest food market the first saturday of each month.
These are just a few of the activities on offer in the center’s 30,500 m2 of space. Everything is linked together by a spacious communal area, an urban “village green”. Here you can relax and watch the world go by as if you were sitting on a town square somewhere in the south - regardles of the weather. And it is also home to VisitAalborg’s tourist information center.
Located close to Aalborg’s waterfront, Nordkraft can boast of two significant neighbors: The Utzon Center and the House of Music. Most people immediately come to think of Sydney Opera House when they hear the name “Utzon”. There is a reason for this, as the Opera House is actually part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was included on the list before Utzon died, which makes him the second person in the world to experience this great honor.
Fame is one thing, childhood another, and Utzon was born and raised in Aalborg. His father was an engineer at the old shipyard, and the harbor as well as the process of building ships became an inspiration to Utzon throughout his career. A career which saw its beginning and ending in Aalborg, as the Utzon Center was opened just before Utzon died in November 2008. Notice the word “center” - Utzon’s main goal was to create a space for people to use – not a museum.
If you observe the Utzon Center from the outside, you can’t help but notice the construction of the roof, symbolizing the waves of the ocean. Built around a courtyard, where the walls provide shelter for the occasionally harsh winds of the Limfjord, the center creates a frame for various exhibitions, lectures and talks, the Architecture program at Aalborg University and a wide range of activities involving the audience. You can also enjoy a wonderful meal at Restaurant JØRN, located beautifully on the waterfront, and indulge in dishes made from local and fresh ingredients.
The waterfront consists of countless cranes, silos, chimneys and spectacular buildings. The House of Music is just one of these spectacular buildings, sitting majestically on the waterfront. Stroll along the waterfront and enjoy the view of the fjord or take a rest in one of the many green oases. While resting, you might catch a glimpse of one of the enormous cruise ships that visit Aalborg all summer.
The transformation of Nordkraft also tells us something about Aalborg’s development. Aalborg was once a thriving industrial city. Today it is an internationally orientated University city, providing visitors with top class culture and activities.
While ostensibly two completely different sides of Aalborg, they actually have one thing in common. Dynamism. That is certainly the opinion of Claus René Pedersen, Area Director in Aalborg City’s Culture and Leisure Department.
- “In Aalborg we never just sit around doing nothing,” says Claus René Pedersen. “We get on with things. Therefore, we didn’t hesitate, when it came to creating a culture and activity center that would be large-scale and multifaceted. A centre that could hold its own in international terms.”
The first phase of the Nordkraft project was opened in 2009. But construction is still in progress in this vast space.
- “Nordkraft will never really be finished,” says Claus René Pedersen. “We will be updating all the time. I believe that the various forms of art and activity in Nordkraft can proceed together and create all sorts of completely new and extraordinary experiences.”
“Nordkraft is a large-scale and multifaceted activity center that can hold its own – even in international terms.”
- says Claus Rene Pedersen from the Culture Department of Aalborg Municipality. Read more about Nordkraft here.
On the ground floor in Nordkraft you will find our InfoCenter, providing you with tourist information on the Aalborg area. The InfoCenters opening hours are:
January 2nd. - June 9th.:
weekdays 11 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
June 11th. - august 11th.:
weekdays 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
august 13th. - december 30th.
weekdays 11 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
saturday 10 a.m. -2 p.m.