Aalborg is known as a multicultural city sprawling with university students and thousands upon thousands of bicycles. Though it is a bustling city, it still feels like a small town with narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways. We took a walking tour of the main sites of the town. We started along the waterfront, first admiring the famous Utzon Center, a cultural center for students designed by the famous architect Jorn Utzon.
We then headed toward the inner town to the Abbey of Our Lady. It initially served as a Benedictine nunnery with records as far back as 1116, but has since become a Lutheran church. The structure was rebuilt in 1876 and still functions as an active church today.
We also visited the Cathedral of San Botulfo of Denmark and the Jens Bang House. The home was built in 1624 by one of Denmark’s richest citizens, Jens Bang. The home is the finest independently owned Renaissance mansion in Denmark.
Lastly, we learned how Vikings lived back in the day and tried some of their homemade honey wine before touring the Aalborhus, a castle and fortress along the waterfront. The most important part of the day was Whitney grabbing a true Danish beer at a local pub before setting sail towards Copenhagen.
Off to Copenhagen!