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The 11 Night Ultimate Scandinavia & Russia from Stockholm, Sweden visits Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Visby, Sweden; Aarhus, Denmark; Copenhagen, Denmark. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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11 Night Ultimate Scandinavia & Russia
Itinerary Overview
Explore Adventure of the Seas
Day 1 - 2 - Stockholm, Sweden
Day 3 - Helsinki, Finland
Day 4 - 6 - St. Petersburg, Russia
Day 7 - Tallinn, Estonia
Day 8 - Riga, Latvia
Day 9 - Visby, Sweden
Day 10 - Cruising
Day 11 - Aarhus, Denmark
Day 12 - Copenhagen, Denmark
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Aarhus, Denmark Colorful homes on a canal
Colorful homes lining a canal in Aarhus, Denmark
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Leaving from
Stockholm, Sweden
Onboard
Adventure of the Seas
Day Port
1 - 2
Stockholm, Sweden
From Day 1, - Day 2, 4:00 PM
3
Helsinki, Finland
From 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
4 - 6
St. Petersburg, Russia
From Day 4, 7:00 AM - Day 5, 6:00 PM
7
Tallinn, Estonia
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8
Riga, Latvia
From 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9
Visby, Sweden
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10
Cruising
Day at sea
11
Aarhus, Denmark
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
12
Copenhagen, Denmark
Arrives at 5:30 AM
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Adventure of the Seas, The Perfect Storm Waterslides
The Perfect Storm waterslides over the side of Adventure of the Seas
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Trade "sea days" for "see more" days on an all-round all-star. From adrenaline-amping thrills on The Perfect Storm℠ twin racer slides, to prime cut steaks sizzled to perfection at Chops Grille℠, to showstopping glitz onstage at Jackpot, this is your ticket to adventure.

THRILLS ONBOARD BETWEEN NEW SHORES

Set sail for endless memory-making options onboard Adventure of the Seas®. Race into action on The Perfect Storm℠ dueling waterslides. Hang ten on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Take thrills to new heights on the Rock Climbing Wall. Then lace up your skates and take your adventure to the ice skating rink.

TASTE THE BOLD

From prime steaks and Maine lobster at Chops Grille℠ to classic milkshakes, burgers and fries at Johnny Rockets®, you'll find plenty of options for fueling up between adventures. Craving authentic Italian? Try Giovanni's Table. Or enjoy a Far East feast at Izumi.

SETTLE IN FOR A SCENE-STEALER

Jam out to the best rock and roll hits at Can't Stop The Rock. Slip under Sin City's spell in the glitzy spectacular, Jackpot. Venture on a journey through time and space in Cool Art...Hot Ice. And live out your primetime dreams of dancing with the stars in Invitation to Dance.

Day 1 - 2: Stockholm, Sweden

Day 1 - 2
Stockholm
Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden, Coastal old town
Coastal view of the old town in Stockholm, Sweden
Things to do in
Stockholm
From Day 1, - Day 2, 4:00 PM
As you explore Stockholm – the stylish Swedish capital, built across 14 islands connected by 57 bridges – you'll notice water and green space are never far away. Stroll through Gamla Stan, the colourful medieval Old Town, with its imposing royal palace and looming cathedrals. Browse the little shops and art galleries that line the narrow streets, or take a break in one of the many trendy cafes. Visit the large City Hall, the site of the Nobel Prize banquet, with its austere brick exterior accented by playful Venetian turrets and decorated balconies. Don't miss the grand Vasa Ship Museum – you'll see an almost-intact 17th-century warship – and Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, both located on the island of Djurgarden.
Stockholm, Sweden, Narrow cobblestone street
A narrow cobblestone street in Stockholm, Sweden

Living Museum

Stroll around Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen. The Old Town of Stockholm is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centres in Europe. Admire the colourful buildings in the narrow, winding cobblestoned streets, or visit some of the old churches and museums. And don't miss the baroque Royal Palace.
Stockholm, Sweden, Traditional house
A traditional house in Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden in Miniature

Visit Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891. The around 150 traditional houses provide a glimpse of how Swedes once lived. Highlights include the glass-blowers' cottage and the Nordic Zoo. Staff in costume create handicrafts or play music. Enjoy lunch or a coffee in the bakery.
Stockholm, Sweden, Colorful architecture
Colorful architecture in Stockholm, Sweden

Stylish Stockholm

Head to Moderna Museet, the city's modern-art museum. Highlights include works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, plus several key figures from the Scandinavian and Russian art worlds. The museum also stages well-conceived temporary exhibits. There's a very popular restaurant with a great view over the water too.
Stockholm, Sweden, Pickled fried herring on crispbread
Pickled fried herring on crispbread

Local Cuisine

Head to the trendy Sodermalm neighbourhood for some top-class husmanskost – traditional Swedish fare – in one of the hip beer halls. Pair your brew of choice with meatballs served with lingonberry jam or pickled herring served on crispbread. Or check into an upmarket spot serving modern Nordic dishes like lobster with slow-cooked carrots and cauliflower shoots or pork belly with artichoke puree.
Stockholm, Sweden, Colorful swedish toy horses
An assortment of colorful toy horses for sale in Sweden

Shopping

Stockholm is a shopper's paradise. For big-name Swedish and international retail outlets, hit the Biblioteksgatan from Ostermalm to Norrmalmstorg. For artier stores and galleries, head to Sodermalm. For souvenirs, browse the narrow streets of Gamla Stan, as well as a great collection of design objects arranged chronologically and by theme, head to Nordiska Museet.

Day 3: Helsinki, Finland

Day 3
Helsinki
Finland
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Helsinki, Finland, Coastal City View
Coastal city view of Helsinki, Finland
Things to do in
Helsinki
From 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Finland's capital is a laid-back but vibrant seaside city, surrounded on three sides by sea and tiny islands. Stroll to the heart of Helsinki to its bustling kauppatori, or market square. Admire the graceful 19th-century buildings and Havis Amanda, the lovely mermaid statue commonly regarded as the symbol of Finland. Continue to Temppeliaukio, an astonishing rock-carved church. Finish the day at a local restaurant with a dish of fresh-caught white fish with new potatoes. Join a Helsinki cruise and head to the hip Kallio neighborhood to explore Helsinki's nightlife — you'll discover a host of spots ranging from cocktail lounges to rock music venues all within walking distance from each other.
Helsinki, Finland, Grass Covered Buildings Suomenlinna Fortress
A grass covered building in Suomenlinna Fortress in Helsinki, Finland

Back in Time

Take the ferry 15 minutes to the fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland's most popular sights. Visit the museums, bunkers and fortress walls, built by the Swedes in the 18th century. Then, enjoy a picnic and hike along the cluster of car-free islands that are all connected by walking bridges.
Insider tip
Many sights are within walking distance here, but in case of snow or rain, a DIY tram tour is a great alternative.
Helsinki, Finland, Finnish Design Museum
View of the front of the Finish Design Museum in Helsinki, Finland

Innovative Designs

The Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in the city center, with its quirky metallic design by Steven Holl, is a symbol of Helsinki's modernization. Inside is an eclectic collection of Finnish and international contemporary art. There are excellent facilities for kids and a popular glass-sided cafe and terrace. Check out more of Helsinki's aesthetic history at the Finnish Design Museum.
Insider tip
Some cafes and restaurants offer an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for a fixed price that's cheaper than dining a la carte.
Helsinki, Finland, Wooden Sauna Interior
The interior of a wooden sauna

Sweat It Out

Saunas are immensely popular in Finland — the nation claims to have about 3.5 million of them. In Helsinki, you can go to Kotiharjun, the city's only original public wood-fired sauna, dating from 1928. Cruise to Finland and try Loyly Sauna, a traditional smoke sauna set in a charming art deco complex.
Insider tip
Purchase a Helsinki Card if you plan to be visiting a lot of museums; it also includes free city transport.
Helsinki, Finland, Fish Sandwich
A fish sandwich paired with a glass on wine in Finland

Local Cuisine

Helsinki has a wide choice of restaurants, from chic Michelin-starred spots to creative bistros and even food trucks. Fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients are the norm here. Famous Finnish dishes you should try during your Finland cruise include salmon stew, forest mushrooms, and reindeer. Smorgasbord is a popular buffet, with hot and cold dishes featuring plenty of seafood. Enjoy a piece of lingonberry pie or some cloudberries for dessert.
Helsinki, Finland, Outdoor Market
An outdoor market in Helsinki, Finland

Shopping

Helsinki is a design mecca. Head to the Stockmann department store in the art nouveau building at Esplanade Park, and stop by Finnish designers like Markimekko, Iittala and Artek. Head to the Helsinki Design District or Toriquarters for unique pieces of clothing, design objects, art, antiques, books and homeware.

Day 4 - 6: St. Petersburg, Russia

Day 4 - 6
St. Petersburg
Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
View of the famous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia
Things to do in
St. Petersburg
From Day 4, 7:00 AM - Day 5, 6:00 PM
Since its founding by Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg has been one of the most impressive cities in Russia, Europe and the world. Marvel at the Baroque and neoclassical architecture on display within its UNESCO World Heritage historical centre. Enjoy the relaxing charm of the Baltic Sea as you stroll along it. Cruise to St Petersburg and hop on a boat and see the colourful variety of the city's sights and architecture on a canal tour. Or spend the day meandering the action-packed 3.5-mile stretch of Nevsky Prospect, where you'll find the can't-miss Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan and plenty of cafes where you can fuel up on cured sausage and thick rye bread.
St. Petersburg, Russia, Winter Palace
Front of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

Czars and Saviours

Located near the waterfront and housed in the former Romanov Winter Palace, the Hermitage Museum sits due north along Nevsky Prospekt from the Church of the Saviour on Blood, St Petersburg's other most iconic attraction.
Insider tip
Keep your cruise documents with you. Being on a cruise (and stopping for 72 hours or less) is all that exempts you from needing a visa, so you'll want to have your papers in case authorities ask for them.
St. Petersburg, Russia, Saint Isaac's Square
View of Saint Isaac's square in St. Petersburg, Russia

Discover the Unusual

St Petersburg's city centre is overflowing with history – why not choose museums that offer something a little different? Visit the quirky Faberge Museum, dedicated to the work of Russian jeweller, Carl Faberge. Or enjoy an interactive experience at the Museum of Emotions.
Insider tip
Dress in layers even in the summer, when it go can from cool to hot in the course of a morning and afternoon.
St. Petersburg, Russia, Peterhof Palace fountains
Close up of the fountains at the front of the Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

Imperial Excursion

Take a drive to some imperial palaces outside the city centre. Under an hour away by car lies exquisite Peterhof, whose fountains alone are worth the price of admission. Cruise to St Petersburg and go by train to the Baroque-style Catherine Palace – can you guess which Russian ruler often stayed here?
St. Petersburg, Russia, Boiled vareniki with cherry stuffing
A bowl of boiled vareniki with cherry stuffing

Local Cuisine

Russians flock to St Petersburg because of its cosmopolitan vibe, but use your stop here to discover local cuisine. Head to the restaurant-rich Nevsky Prospect to sample borscht beetroot soup (the cold version in summer), dumplings of meat (plmeni) and sour cherries (vareniki) or hearty beef stroganoff – yes, that's a Russian dish!
St. Petersburg, Russia, Wooden Dolls
Wooden dolls in St. Petersburg, Russia

Shopping

St Petersburg's shopping options are as grand as its architecture. The luxurious Gostiny Dvor shopping centre is an essential stop with your St Petersburg cruise. If you're looking for a more down-to-earth experience, try your luck (and your Russian language skills) at Udelnaya Flea Market and bargain for one-of-a-kind antique samovars or imperial porcelain.

Day 7: Tallinn, Estonia

Day 7
Tallinn
Estonia
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Tallinn, Estonia, Old Town
Tallinn, Estonia, Old Town
Things to do in
Tallinn
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tallinn's fairy-tale castles, cobbled streets and warm hospitality remain one of Europe's best-kept secrets. Head to the city's Old Town, where you can see medieval Raekoja Plats (Town Hall Square) and wander hidden passageways between 17th- and 18th-century earthwork forts. Tour the ornate Orthodox Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky, full of detailed mosaics and traditional icons. Take a foray to the unspoiled Baltic coastline just outside Tallinn — check out popular Pirita or quiet Kakumae. Later, stop into one of Tallinn's iconic cellar restaurants to fuel up on hearty Estonian fare like mulgipuder, a porridge of barley and potatoes flavored with smoky bacon.
Estonia Tallinn Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral
Estonia Tallinn Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral

Medieval Roots

From the red-roofted towers of its Town Walls, to the Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the smoky pink Riigikogu parliament house, Tallinn's medieval Old Town looks straight out of a fairy tale. Make sure to stop in central Raejoka Plats, a charming square filled with cafes and restaurants.
Insider tip
Tallinn's Old Town is compact and easily explored by foot, but if you do take a taxi, make sure to negotiate a rate before you start moving.
Tallinn, Estonia, Aerial view of business district
Aerial view of the business district in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn's New-School Side

Estonia was the birthplace of tech giant Skype, after all, and Tallinn's modern central business district reflects this futurism. Meanwhile, the Rotterdam District hearkens back to the pre-Russian Art Nouveau period of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Insider tip
If you don't have a lot of time, make the quick hike up Toompea Hill: From here, you'll enjoy a picture-perfect panorama of the medieval part of Tallinn.
Tallinn, Estonia, Man and woman walking on a beach
A man and a woman walking on a beach in Tallinn, Estonia

Baltic Beaches

Tallinn's beaches are the perfect opportunity to escape the not-so-hectic city center. Pirita Beach in particular is a big draw, with its broad expanse of sand and unique architecture, which dates back to when the USSR hosted the Olympics in 1991.
Tallinn, Estonia, Herring sanwich
A herring sandwich on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Estonian food mixes Baltic and Russian influences — pickled herring is a common sight on Estonian tables, as is hearty black rye bread. Check out one of the cool cellar restaurants, which are situated on the garden level of warehouse buildings. Try buckwheat blinis with whitefish roe, red onion and sour cream, or pea soup with smoked pork hock. Wash it down with a pint of the local favorite Pohjala beer.
Estonia Tallinn Local Shopping Souvenir Gift Shop
Estonia Tallinn Local Shopping Souvenir Gift Shop

Shopping

If you want to shop a range of souvenirs, local items and just about anything else you can think of, wander through the outdoor market stalls just outside Viru Gate, in the Old Town. Tallinn's most famous souvenirs include wooden crafts made with Estonian Junpier trees and local chocolates and spirits by brands like Kalev and Vana Tallinn.

Day 8: Riga, Latvia

Day 8
Riga
Latvia
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Riga, Latvia, House of the Blackheads
The House of the Blackheads in Riga, Latvia
Things to do in
Riga
From 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Latvia's historical capital is an architecture buff's dream come true. The Gothic structures in the Old Town and the Art Nouveau buildings scattered around the city meld together to create a modern-day fairy tale. Wander the narrow cobblestoned streets, and step back into the 14th century. Stroll into the bustling Riga Central Market and sample the bright, colourful produce and local products like hemp butter and amber jewellery. Or wander through the street stalls to taste some traditional Latvian cuisine – fried lampreys, a prehistoric jawless fish whose flavour is less scary than it looks. Cruise to Riga and don't miss the city's iconic site, the House of the Blackheads, the former home of a merchant's guild and expression of Riga's medieval roots.
Riga, Latvia, Autumn Park
A walkway in a park during autumn in Riga, Latvia

Get Charmed

Step into a real-life fairy tale when you visit the Old Town. Climb to the top of the tower at St Peter's Church for views that stretch to the River Daugava and the Moscow District. Explore the House of Blackheads, a 14th-century building, before wandering down the enchanting cobblestoned streets.
Insider tip
The quickest way to get around Riga is by Tram. Purchase a 24-hour ticket for EUR 5 so you can use the same ticket all day.
Riga, Latvia, Art Nouveau Architecture
The side of a building that displays art nouveau architecture in Riga, Latvia

Expand Your Architectural Palette

With over 800 existing Art Nouveau buildings in Riga, you could spend the whole day admiring the intricate architecture. Instead, take a leisurely stroll down Elizabetes street to marvel at the ornately decorated buildings.
Insider tip
Old Town is where most of Riga's hot spots are located, so try to plan most of your day in this area.
Riga, Latvia, Aerial of city and Daugava river
Aerial view of Riga, Latvia and the Daugava river

Savour the Magic

If you need to rest your feet after a few hours spent wandering the Old Town, find a bench in one of the many parks and squares around Riga and relax. Watch as the locals and tourists walk by. Grab a local burger and a cold beer from a street stall, and bask in the ambience of this magical town.
Riga, Latvia, Female holding a jar of sprats
A female holding a jar of sprats

Local Cuisine

There's no shortage of street food stalls around Riga. Expect them to be serving up speka piragi, small bacon-and-onion rolls. You can also take an afternoon to browse the Central Market and snack on sauerkraut, pickles and the local smoked fish called sprats. Or satisfy your sweet tooth with rye bread pudding topped with cinnamon, raisins, apples, plums, cranberries and whipped cream.
Riga, Latvia, Street Market
A street market in Riga, Latvia selling many different items

Shopping

Head to the Old Town to find boutiques offering up handmade traditional Latvian wooden and glass souvenirs, including the distinctive decorative lanterns. Jump onboard a Riga cruise and head to the Central Market for local, organic produce and wines made from apples, chokeberries and sea buckthorn. There, you can also find handmade knitwear, wickerwork and amber jewellery.

Day 9: Visby, Sweden

Day 9
Visby
Sweden
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Visby, Sweden, Panoramic view
Panoramic view of the city of Visby in Sweden
Things to do in
Visby
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
A small town on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, Visby was a popular trading spot during the Viking Age. Today, it's Sweden's sunniest vacation destination and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the 3.5 km Ringmuren (Ring Wall), built in the 13th Century, and see its 50 towers and surrounding moats. Snap shots of the idyllic red rose-covered cottages, the ruined Gothic churches and the 13th-century Saint Maria Cathedral. If would like to know more about the island's history, don't miss the excellent Gotland Museum. Cruise to Visby and head 20 kilometers south to the Tofta Viking Village, a Viking-era settlement reconstructed around authentic ancient monuments.
Visby, Sweden, Defensive wall towers
The towers of the defensive walls in Visby, Sweden

Walk the Walled City

Walk along the awe-inspiring medieval Visby Ring Wall, a 3.5 kilometer fortification constructed in the 13th century. This World Heritage site has numerous gates, such as the round-arched Love gate, and more than 50 towers surrounded by moats. It's the best-preserved city wall in Northern Europe, and within the walls lie several ancient stone houses and churches.
Insider tip
Cycling on Gotland's flat countryside is very popular and there are several bicycle renting spots.
Visby, Sweden, Ethnographic museum
An open air ethnographic museum in Sweden

Viking Treasure

Pay a visit to Gotlands Museum to get a sense of the region's history. Highlights include the Spillings Hoard, the world's largest Viking silver treasure, several medieval wooden sculptures, 8th-century picture stones and human skeletons from chambered tombs dating back to the Stone Age.
Insider tip
The Tourist Office is located in the Donnerska huset, Donners plats 1.
Visby, Sweden, Old Ruins
Old ruins of a building in Visby, Sweden

Road to Ruins

Don't miss the impressive medieval ruins of the St. Karin church on Stora Torget. It was founded by Franciscans in 1233, and its memorable ruins feature distinctive high arches. Today, it's often used for performances, and in the winter, children skate on an ice rink set up inside its walls.
Visby, Sweden, Fish soup with potatoes
A bowl of fish soup with potatoes in a tomato paste in Sweden

Local Cuisine

The majority of cafes and restaurants are located around the main square, Stora Torget. Cruise to Visby and make sure to try the delicious traditional saffranspankaka, a saffron-based pancake topped with berries and cream. In one of the seafood restaurants have some fisksoppa (fish stew), fried Baltic herring and turbot, Gotland's national fish.
Visby, Sweden, Miniature horse souvenirs
A variety of colorful miniature horse souvenirs

Shopping

Gotland is known for its many artists — browse the many studios and galleries in Stora Torget. You'll find pottery, glass work and products made of wool, leather and textiles. The museum shop at Gotlands Museum also sells wood handicrafts, jewelry and glass work. Keep an eye out for painted horse figurines, a distinctive Swedish souvenir during your Visby cruise .

Day 10: Cruising

Day 10
Cruising
At Sea
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Parents Skating with their Daughter
Family Enjoying the Onboard Ice Skating Rink
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
Kids Climbing up the Rock Wall
Kids Climbing on the Rock Wall Staring at the Ultimate Abyss

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Best Friends Skating
Friends Helping Each Other Ice Skate

Ice Skating

Whether you're a beginner or you've got moves like the Great One, you'll have a great time every time at the ice-skating rink.

Day 11: Aarhus, Denmark

Day 11
Aarhus
Denmark
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Aarhus, Denmark St. Pauls Church
St. Pauls Church in Aarhus, Denmark
Things to do in
Aarhus
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Founded during the Viking Age, Aarhus is a compact and vibrant city perfect for history buffs and lovers of the arts and culture. Head to the bustling Latin Quarter, lined with cafes, boutique shops and cutting-edge restaurants on your next Denmark cruise. Take a short walk to Aarhus Cathedral to see the tallest church in Denmark. Can't get enough art and history? You're in luck: Aarhus was recently named European Capital of Culture. Its myriad museums include the Moesgaard History Museum, Aros Aarhus Art Museum and Den Gamle By, nestled in an open-air botanical garden.
Aarhus, Denmark Historical Buildings
Historical buildings in Aarhus, Denmark

Medieval Town with Modern Cool

The oldest section of Aarhus is the Latin Quarter, dating back to the 14th century. Walk through its narrow cobblestoned streets filled with chic shops, galleries and some of the city's best eateries. In the heart of the Latin Quarter, you'll find the cosy square Puservig Torv – its many cafes are the perfect place for a midday break.
Insider tip
If you want picture-perfect photos, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything more quaint than colourful Mollestien Lane.
Aarhus, Denmark Old Town Plaza
An old town plaza at Aarhus, Denmark

Old Ways of Life Preserved

Lined with traditional timber houses, Den Gamle By – 'the Old Town' – is Denmark's national open-air museum of urban history and culture. Experience how people lived and worked at the end of the 19th century. Interested in more recent history? Check out the street that brings Denmark in 1974 back to life.
Insider tip
Take the time to explore the waterfront and the forest – they're a 15-minute bike ride away from one another.
Aarhus, Denmark, Moesgaard Museum
View of the Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, Denmark

Futuristic Facade, Ancient Artefacts

In a city bursting with great museums, Moesgaard stands out from the rest. Interactive exhibitions take you from Stone Age artifacts, through Classical antiquity and the Middle Ages to the present. The hyper-modern architecture, with its unique climbable exterior, is worth the visit alone. Grab lunch in the cafe, which gets rave reviews.
Aarhus, Denmark Fresh Smorrebrod Sandwich
A fresh smorrebrod sandwich in Aarhus, Denmark

Local Cuisine

Grab one of Denmark's traditional smorrebrod – an open-faced sandwich, often served with smoked salmon, horseradish sour cream and fresh radishes – from one of the cafes and food markets of the Latin Quarter. If you're a true foodie, head to one of the city's four Michelin-starred restaurants, where the New Nordic Food Manifesto elevates local products – like cold-water Skrei cod and spicy plants and herbs such as ramsons and woodruff – to new heights of sophisticated simplicity.
Aarhus, Denmark Souvenir Figurines
Souvenir toy soldier figurines in Denmark

Shopping

Pop into the chic boutiques of the Latin Quarter and the high-end luxury department stores like Magasin and Salling to find out why Aarhus is one of the best shopping cities in Northern Europe. Explore the period shops of Den Gamle By for unique items that reflect Danish tradition, like glazed earthenware bowls and kitchen items, as well as traditional woollen knitwear.

Day 12: Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 12
Copenhagen
Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark Tivoli Garden Lake
A lake with boats, with a roller coaster in the background in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark
Things to do in
Copenhagen
Arrives at 5:30 AM
Copenhagen has come a long way from its early Viking days. Its historic centre of Frederiksstaden has its share of castles and royal-era palaces – but it’s the modern, sleek Scandinavian design and playful, hygge spirit that sets Denmark’s capital apart today. Each neighbourhood offers its own unique, exciting adventures. Explore the city’s seafaring past with a canal cruise under a network of bridges, or take a stroll along Nyhavn’s colourful quay. Peek in Kødbyen’s trendy art galleries and savour world-renowned Nordic cuisine in Christiania’s quirky cafes. Adventure comes in many forms in Copenhagen, from Baltic beaches to famous fairytales.
Copenhagen, Denmark Tivoli Garden Palace
A Moorish Palace in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

PUT IT IN PARK

Pump up the adrenaline at Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Go upside down on the 62 mph Vertigo, or feel the thrill of riding the famous wooden roller coaster that marked its 100th birthday in 2014. Arcade games, pantomime shows and live music only add to the park’s appeal.
Copenhagen, Denmark Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid statue sitting on a rock on the harborfront in the northern Kastellet area in Copenhagen, Denmark

PLOT TWIST

Inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, The Little Mermaid sculpture remains one of the most visited landmarks in all of Copenhagen. Find her sitting on a rock in the harbour, in all her bronze and granite glory, looking forlorn in search of her prince on land.
Copenhagen, Denmark National Museum
The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen

NATIONAL TREASURES

Housed in the old Prince’s Palace, the National Museum’s galleries span the Great Hall and former sleeping quarters of Danish royalty. Here you can admire furniture from the early 18th century, as well as impressive collections of classical and eastern antiquities, handicrafts, coins, medals and children’s toys.
Copenhagen, Denmark Smorrebrod
Danish smørrebrød sandwich with salmon fish and egg on wooden board, in Copenhagen, Denmark

Local Cuisine

Copenhagen has the most Michelin-starred restaurants of any Scandinavian city. Noma is consistently named 'Best Restaurant in the World' for its New Nordic cuisine. But if you’re hungry for a quick lunch, try a herring smørrebrød sandwich and a dozen Limfjord oysters. Savour Danish cheese, coffee and pastries at Torvehallerne market – or sip on an ice-cold pint of Carlsberg pilsner.
Denmark Copenhagen Mini Hot Air Balloons
Denmark Copenhagen Mini Hot Air Balloons

Shopping

Hit the famous shopping strip of Strøget, one of the longest pedestrian-friendly streets in Europe, for international brands and kitschy collectibles. Copenhagen is perhaps best-known for its Danish-designed glass and ceramic home goods. Many vendors sell secondhand porcelain and silver pieces in street markets, but be prepared to bargain.

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