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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 #1 of 107 attractions in Aarhus
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The old town is a very lovely place you can spend hours to walk around. Plus there are a 70's appartments and shops reconstitution extremely well made and instructive! Advice : bring your own lunch with you.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We were expecting a traditional open air museum and it was just that, and a fine one indeed ---but it was also much more. First of all unlike others we know (in Holland for instance) they had actors, not just showing the trades of the era, but also enacting stories from everyday life. they were in Danish, but the kindly... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

what a wonderfull visit! You are really live transported in different times of the Danish history, from the 18th century to the 70s. Unfortunately, the 70s area was under construction, so that only a few streets were open. People in period costumes make the whole visit more real, you can see people cooking pancakes in ancient fire places (there are... More

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

This was our second visit to Den Gamble By, the first being some years ago. Much improved. You need to allow several hours to explore it. So much to see in this amazing collection of old buildings. Lots of folks in costume to help you appreciate the various trades. You'll want to go back again.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This place is so full of history and charm that you can stay for hours. I would recommend to everyone visiting Århus. I visited with my family as child, and loved it, and now as an adult and I still loves it.

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Geelong, Australia
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185 reviews 185 reviews
60 attraction reviews
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

What a brilliant effort of shifting authentic historial buildings and creating an old Danish town at this museum. Wonderful to walk through, many old houses and business to walk in to and look at relics of the past. Really well done.

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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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47 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

There are many such living museums across Europe. This is one of the most varied. You'll find properties covering several centuries, and from many areas of Jutland. The cafe/restaurant has a good variety of food & drink. When you get to the bottom of the hill there are carriage rides sometimes available. The prices are pretty steep, especially when you... More

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London, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Allow yourself plenty of time to wander back in time in this wonderful open air museum - Dem Gamle By. The buildings have been beautifully restored and brought to life by people walking around the town in authentic costumes of the time. A must is seeing the school children in a period classroom. Buy a Danish delicacy in the old... More

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Seem to be in a Fairy Tale, to went back travelling in the Time...amazing, this place is the SOUL of Aarhus, i want go back there again!!

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Huntington Beach, California
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13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I went to Den Gamle By by myself as a stopover on my way to NordJylland. Maybe I was just expecting more, but I wasn't as thrilled with it as I was expecting. Don't get me wrong; it was great seeing the old buildings and the way the towns would have used to be, but it seems like the whole... More

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