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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Party With the Culturati in Aarhus


5. Oddball Day

The wilderness of Marselisborg Forest lies just a short bus ride outside of the city.  

Take a break from culture to experience nature both inside and outside the city. Begin the day with an espresso-spiked varm chokolade at Street Coffee ($5), then hop on the yellow No. 19 city bus at City Hall for fifteen minutes to stroll through the Marselisborg Forest. Here, you’ll spot fallow deer and fenced-in wild boar among the 300-year-old beech trees; if you want, you can also see the grounds of Maresligsborg Palace, the royal family’s summer residence. Head back to the city center on the bus and continue your foliage tour inside the sprawling greenhouses of the 140-year-old Aarhus Botanical Gardens. Afterward, cross the Aarhus River to find greens, bread, cheese, sausage, honey, and more at the large farmers’ market that lines Ingerslev Boulevard near downtown every Saturday until 2 p.m. Next, head to the Aarhus Skøjtehal ($8 admission), where you can lace up a pair of skates and try your hand at curling. Follow that with a dip in the 93-degree massage pool, followed by a steam bath at Badeanstalten Spa ($15). For dinner, sample the tastes of the season at Café Gaya, a quirky eatery serving an all-organic buffet of vegan and vegetarian fare ($21). Wind down the day at nearby Sidebar, where cocktails ($12) feature creative ingredients like homemade brandied cherries and cumin bitters.

Published on Feb 8, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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