Aarhus city tour in own bus (2½ hours)
On the tour you will see the most important sights of the city. Visit to Aarhus Cathedral, drive past Aarhus harbour on the way to Denmark’s most beautifully situated University. We continue our tour with a visit to the world’s first open air museum “The Old Town” (entry fee not included). The bus continues to Marselisborg Palace – the summer residence of the Royal family – and also the Memorial Park, one of the city oases for outdoor relaxation. From here back to the city center through the Frederiksbjerg district, also passing by Aarhus Concert Hall, Aros Art Museum and the City Hall.
Tour of south Aarhus – the Marselisborg Woods – Fulden – Norsminde (3 hours)
During our drive through beautiful green woods we tell you many local stories, amongst other about Hans Christian Andersen, local mills and inns. The tour continues to Moesgaard Manor, once owned by the wealthy Marselis family. Today it is a museum where you can visit the world famous bog body Grauballe Man. We drive through Fulden valley past Malling Church with the fortified graveyard and the tour continues to the beautiful Norsminde Fjord. On our way back to Aarhus we will drive by Vilhelmsborg Manor, which today is The National Equestrian Centre. Return to Aarhus city.
Tours outside the council borders
Mols Hills and Ebeltoft (4 – 5 hours)
A tour through the National park of Mols Hills, which is one of the most beautiful and hilly landscapes of the country, shaped by the ice age. On the way we will pass the Kalø Castle ruin from the Middle Ages and also Porskær Stenhus, the largest dolmen in the country from around 3.300 BC. We continue through Femmøller to the coastal town of Ebeltoft, where we can visit the Glass Museum or the museum made on the frigate “Jylland” – a warship which fought in the battle of Helgoland in 1864 – and won. Or we can take a walking tour of Ebeltoft’s old quarter to the famous and quaint City Hall.
Silkeborg and Sky Mountain (5 hours)
On our way to Silkeborg we drive by the Øm monastery ruin at the Mossø Lake, and further on through Gl. Rye to Himmelbjerget – Sky Mountain. Hear about the historic meeting in Gl. Rye church in 1534 – a meeting that marked the beginning of the end for the power of the Catholic Church. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Lake District from the mountain top and hear the story of poet St. St. Blicher’s public meetings. We continue through large forest areas to the Silkeborg Museum, where we hear about the bog body ‘the Tollund Man’. Or we can visit the museum dedicated to the artist Asger Jorn, (entry fees not included).
The Manor House Tour – Rosenholm and Gl. Estrup Manor Museum (5 hours)
On the way you are told about the Danish aristocracy. We visit the renaissance castle Rosenholm, and hear about the Rosenkrantz family’s changing fortunes through history. Shakespeare for example met two young Danish aristocrats on a drinking spree (one of them a Rosenkrantz), which resulted in their names being mentioned in the famous Hamlet. See and hear about the family portraits painted by famous artists, and if you hear the sound of heavy boots on the stairs, it can only be the evil Palle Rosenkrantz – Rosenholm’s ghost.
We drive to Gl. Estrup Manor Museum – the manor which for generations was owned by the Brock family and the rich Skeels. Hear about the families and manor-life in the good old days. Enjoy the many beautiful rooms and the newly renovated Great Hall with the Flemish tapestries. The Danish Agricultural Museum at Gl. Estrup is also worth a visit.
We will visit the home of the historically important and World Heritage site located in the town of Jelling in Eastern Jutland. Jelling is a tribute to the first two kings in the family which still sits on the throne in Denmark, Gorm the Old and his son Harald Bluetooth. The runic stones, the two mounds and the church were erected in memory of the dead, but also to honour the living. Harald Bluetooth’s stone describes the start of Christianity in Denmark and is known as Denmark’s birth certificate.
The Viking ring fort at Fyrkat and Råsted Church
On the tour we hear about the era of the Vikings, their daily life, their expeditions and their beliefs. Fyrkat is a ring fort erected by King Harold Bluetooth at the end of the years 900. But who lived in this ring fort? Soldiers who had to be ready to do battle at the word of the King, or was it a hiding place for the people in the event of attack? We will visit a reconstructed long house on the site – and a reconstructed Viking village nearby.
We also visit the beautiful Råsted Church from approximately 1100 – the church is famous for its unique Romanesque frescoes.