A Stroll Through 1300 Years of Aalborg's Fascinating, Merchant History
Straddling the Limfjord at its narrowest, Aalborg, with its roots dating back to the year 692, became a very important Viking market and trading port. This commercial influence continued and is still evident in the city's make-up today, a modern, vibrant, shopping town with a restaurant and café culture to match.
This walking tour offers a unique insight into Aalborg's history from its beginnings through to today. It provides a glimpse of both sides of the social divide: from wealthy merchants to ragamuffins and witches; where the east of the city did not meet the west of the city.
Let your imagination wander as we stroll along streets and lanes that, if only they could, would tell such wonderful tales, as well as tales of brutality and abject poverty that led to amazing acts of benevolence. Hear also about the incredible story of Denmark's first resistance group during the Nazi occupation; see its home right in the centre of the city. Yes, in Aalborg there's so much to see and hear. Welcome.
Strolling directly into the city centre taking in, amongst other sites:
- 400-year old Jens Bang's House built in 1624 in the Dutch Renaissance style, home to Christian IV Guild.
- Old Market Square dating from the early 1200s, home to the 18-century Baroque style town hall and the Christmas Market.
- Budolfi Cathedral with its very ornate and colourful interior. Denmark's smallest and only white painted cathedral.
- Monastery of the Holy Ghost from 1431. One of the oldest and best preserved, medieval structures in Denmark, with wonderful, early 16 century chalk frescoes on the ceilings.
- Franciscan Friary, Aalborg's second Holy Order from the 1250s. 3 m. (10 ft) below ground level.
- Former slum area of Hjelmerstald and its 300 year old houses, a story in itself.
- The Church of Our Lady, on the site of Aalborg's first Holy Order from 1100s.
- Aalborg Castle and the dungeons where witches were imprisoned.
Note. . . Cathedral may be closed due to services, weddings, funerals, etc.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Suggest we meet at the head of the dancing fountains across from the John Bull Pub in ToldBod Plads, Østerågade (the heart of the city near the harbour front). A location map will be sent via email with confirmation of your booking.
End location: At the meeting point. A very convenient spot for shopping streets, cafes, pubs, etc.
Duration: 3 hours
Gentle stroll. A pace set to suit you on cobblestoned and paved surfaces throughout.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
150 Danish Kroner - for personal expenses (snack/beverage, souvenirs, shopping, etc.)
Note… currencies other than Danish Kroner are not normally accepted. Visa and MasterCard credit cards however, are widely accepted in shops, restaurants, taxis, etc.
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Positively the best guided tour I have ever taken - absolutely marvelous!