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The Old Town, National Open Air Museum of Urban History and Culture

Viborgvej 2, Aarhus 8000, Denmark
+45 86 12 31 88
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Ranked #2 of 63 attractions in Aarhus
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Great place of you are interested in history. You'll be able to experience what it was like to live in Denmark from the 18th century up to 1974. Our kids love coming here and look inside the old buildings, ride the horse carriage and have a nice picnic. Kids, patents, grandparents and great grandparents love this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I loved the Old Town (also named Den Gamle By), the staff wears old-time costumes, and the entire atmosphere breezes 200 years back. I didn't expect a lot, but was positively surprised by the large amount of buildings.

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Anne K, Museum assistant at The Old Town, National Open Air Museum of Urban History and Culture, responded to this review

Dear Jesse V Thank you for taking the time to write a review following your visit to The Old Town. We’re very glad to hear you had a good experience traveling back in time with us. Kind regards Anne K. More

Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The Den Gamle By (open-air / living history / folk) Museum features 75 original historic structures collected from around Denmark as well as costumed period characters. Most of the buildings range in age from the 15th - 18th centuries. There is a lot to see so you can easily spend several enjoyable hours here. Since you are going to be... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

This really is a special must see place. I have been all over Denmark and despite there being many old houses in the Danish towns, this is a way to see history come to life, with costumed attendants baking bread in the kitchens of the old houses the way they did centuries ago. I have been every time I visit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Went on a day trip from Aalborg by train. Enjoyed all the old houses and shops, we visited in June and the weather was very nice. We also had a nice lunch there. Would vist again.

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Aarhus, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

It is a very beautiful place in any season. It is rich with historical buildings and facts, so i would strongly suggest to visit this place with a guided tour. A lot of details and facts will let you feel the real atmosphere of the old city.

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Menges, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I was there in winter time, so this "old town" full of old houses, history and culture...for me it was just like a small romantic town with beautifull houses, workshops, pharmacy...It was very cold but when you can go into small bakery and buy all that goodies and eat them walking around in the snow...and followed by little ducks ....just... More

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Aarhus, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

A very nice attraction in Århus, where houses and big Buildings from many years ago are rebuilding in a small town. In seasons there are people who Works like the Old days. A very good attraction to visit :-)

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Aarhus, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Open-air museum of urban history and culture from 1800 to the 1970's with historical buildings, with streets, shops, yards, homes and workshops. You can visit living rooms, chambers, kitchens, workshops and museums all year round, and you can meet the people and characters of yesteryear throughout the museum from Easter to 30th December.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Yes - my wife, step-daughter and I are Americans. We married in the US on St. Patrick's Day 2010 ... but had a second, symbolic marriage at Den Gamle By on 31 July 2010 to celebrate with Danish friends and colleagues. I had been to Denmark many times, living and working in Aarhus in 1997-98 while on leave from my... More

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