Aarhus - need to know
Fly from Dublin to Copenhagen Kastrup with SAS (01-844 5440; flysas.com) from €180 return. Fly from Kastrup to Aarhus airport with Cimber (www.cimber.com from 499 Danish Krones/DKK (€67) or take the train from Copenhagen to Aarhus from DKK599 (€80).
Right next door to Café Under Masken, the Royal Hotel at Store Torv 4 stylishly mixes contemporary chic and old-world charm. Hans Krull's stunning paintings adorn the foyer; upstairs the rooms are spacious and comfortable. Rooms from DKK1,850 (€250). Tel: 0045 8612 0011; www.royalhotel.dk.
A stone's throw from ARoS, the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, at Margrethepladsen 1, offers comfort at reasonable rates close to the centre of Aarhus. Rooms from DKK1,450 (€195). Tel: 0045 8612 8665; radissonblu. com/hotel-aarhus.
Cabinn Hotels is Denmark's main hotel chain and its Aarhus offering at Fjordgade 20 is everything you could ask for from a budget hotel -- clean, friendly and centrally located. Rates from 485DKK (€66). Tel: 0045 9620 3000; cabinn.com.
WHEN TO GO
Denmark shares Ireland's climate, although average temperatures in summer are a few degrees higher. Go any time from June to September to get the best of the weather and the various festivals in the city.
FIVE GREAT THINGS TO DO
- Stroll around 16th-century Aarhus at the meticulously recreated Den Gamle By open-air folk village.
- Eat a traditional lox (smoked salmon) and dill sandwich at Anettes Sandwich on trendy Vestergade.
- Take a stroll in the beautiful Risskov forest, one of many that surround the south of the city.
- Drink a litre of micro-brewed beer in the St Clemens brewery, directly across from the square from Aarhus cathedral. St Clemens is the patron saint of sailors.
- Stop by Jazzbar Bent J, which claims to be Scandinavia's longest-running jazz bar and really swings at weekends.