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“Den Gamle By ... also a great place to get married”
Review of Den Gamle By

Den Gamle By
Ranked #2 of 259 things to do in Aarhus
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Aarhus, Denmark
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“Den Gamle By ... also a great place to get married”
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 US university at that time - Colorado State University. I returned to Denmark many times and at every opportunity visited Den Gamle By -- "the old town" ... which is now complemented by "Den Ny By" -- "the new town". The "old town" has close to 100 structures ranging in age from approximately 100 to 500 years and that have been taken apart brick-by-brick and stick-by-stick from around Denmark and reassembled in the same way as an "1860s" Danish village (the period of Hans Christian Andersen).

We were married in the "Mint Masters Home" - a magnificent building - by the town priest -- who really does have a Ph.D. in Theology. For entrance to Den Gamle By for ourselves and about ten guests ... the priest ... the mint masters home ... and a four course gourmet meal + wine / soda + individual wedding cakes ... and coverage in one of the major newspapers (because it was the first wedding at Den Gamle By) the total cost was amazingly low ... about $800.

Should you wonder why Den Gamle By is my favorite place in all of Denmark, not to mention Aarhus -- a great city on the Baltic Sea with many wonderful attractions?

Obviously, we have been back to Den Gamle By since moving to Denmark at the beginning of 2012 ... it is a wonderful year round venue with seasonal events.

Visited May 2013
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“Wish it were springtime”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This was our second visit to this museum & though we loved it again, the visit during the late spring was much better than this time (November). It was eerily quiet (in comparison) but the set up is wonderful and we were able to ferret out a few "characters" to engage in conversation which is a must! The Cooper was so friendly and open he deserves special mention!
The only drawback, I believe is the addition of more modern times (50's) on one end. I dont think it adds to the museum at all. If you can choose, go in spring summer when the place is packed with characters & all the gardens are in full swing but if you must go off-season: you will still enjoy!

Visited November 2013
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“Urban history when it is best!”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Absolutely worth while. Perfect collection of old buildings and perfect illusion of being in a real town. A must see for anybody interested in urban history.

Visited October 2013
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“Best living history museum”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

One of the most amazing living history museums we've ever visited (to include Williamsburg and Cardiff, Wales). The pastries at the bakery are outstanding!

Visited November 2013
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

This folk museum was so well done. The museum features period costumed characters, as well as period building from all over Denmark. It was fascinating walking through the Mayor's house in one era, then a 1920's hardware store, then a 1970's electronics store. It was an enjoyable visit, plus it was extremely interesting

Visited November 2012
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