When the Danish flag flies over Marselisborg Palace, everyone knows the queen's in town. Locals claim this to be her favorite holiday spot. And why not? Overlooking the Bay of Aarhus and the Marselisborg Woods, the palace - a wedding gift to the queen's grandfather from the Danish people - has one of the best views in Denmark. Besides, Aarhus University is her alma mater.
The second largest city in Denmark, Aarhus hums with student activity and cafe culture year round. The city peaks in September during the annual Aarhus Festival - a medley of jazz, folk and classical music, exhibitions, theater, sports and beer drinking.
Aarhus was first settled by Vikings, who called it "Aros," an Old Norse word meaning "river mouth." The city has two 13th-century cathedrals, an open air museum - Den Gamle By (The Old Town)- that dates from the 15th century and the indoor/outdoor Moesgard Prehistoric Museum, set in a 250-acre forest south of town.
Aarhus sits on the eastern edge of the Jylland (Jutland) peninsula, the only part of Denmark attached to mainland Europe. Bike paths criss-cross Jylland's moors, sand dunes, forests, and fjords. The peninsula boasts gracious castles, parklands, and the country's most famous tourist attraction, Legoland.