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We’ve already given you several good reasons to visit Aarhus, but we deliberately left one thing out.

Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark and the jewel of the Jutland peninsula, isn’t worth a visit only for what it offers within the 91 km² (35 square miles) of the city, but also for its amazing surroundings.

The geographical position of the ‘smallest big city in the world’ offers hikers plentiful choice: from unpolluted beaches to open plains dotted with woods and Viking treasures.

Here are 3 hiking tours leaving from Aarhus which are well worth a try:

  • Big lakes. With over 50 lakes and an area of forest that stretches over 224 km² (86 square miles), Silkeborg Søhøjlandet is the biggest natural area in Denmark. Not only that, but you can also visit the ruins of a castle dating back to 1385, history museums like the Bunker Museum and archaeology museums for all tastes, as well as the dam of Iron Age King Knap and the Tollund Man, a mummy from the 4th century BC.
  • Beaches. If you decide to visit Aarhus in the summer, don’t forget to plan a trip to the beautiful beaches close to the city. Between April and October, you can visit the well-known Infinite Bridge installed for visitors following the original design by architects Niels Povlsgaard and Johan Gjødes.
  • National parks. To visit Mols Bjerge National Park, you need to wake up early and take a bus (just over 2 hours) or a car (40 minutes), but it’s definitely worth it. The scenery of hills, ice holes and breath-taking landscapes carved by ice tongues for thousands of years hosts the ruins of dolmen tombs dating back to the Nordic Stone Age and Kalø Castle, built by King Erik VI in 1313.

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Here are all the routes to help you make the most of the beautiful surroundings of Aarhus:

Enjoy your trip!