Danish delight

Trip Start May 12, 2012
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Trip End May 25, 2012


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Flag of Denmark  , Jutland,
Monday, May 14, 2012

After departing the Oslo Fjord last night, we traverse the Skagerrak into the Kattegat and finally into Aarhus Bugt to arrive into Aarhus Port.
 
It is our first time in Denmark and a country we will be extensively driving through after the cruise, so we are keen to get an initial taste of what it has to offer

The two major old churches in Aarhus are the Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady.
The Aarhus Cathedral is the holder of several records in Denmark: it is the longest church; it has the most frescos; the largest organ; and its triptych is undoubtedly Denmark's largest artistic Medieval treasure.
The Church of Our Lady ("Vor Frue kirke") is richly decorated, and from the central nave you can descend the staircase to the crypt - the oldest stone crypt in Scandinavia. The crypt is rich in ambience and takes the visitor almost 1000 years back in time.

.After exploring the township near the port, we head off on foot for Den Gamle By - an open-air town museum consisting of 75 historical buildings collected from 20 townships in all parts of the country. In 1914 the museum opened as the world's first open-air museum of its kind, concentrating on town culture rather than village culture, and to this day it remains one of just a few top rated Danish museums outside Copenhagen.

On the way back to the ship we have time for one more museum – The Viking Aros, an ancient Viking town (circa 770) located by new excavations within the old ramparts in central Aarhus.
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