Sprawling across the heart of the Jutland Peninsula, the Central Jutland Region was established in 2007 with the merging of the area’s traditional counties. It includes the second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus, and the eastern settlements of Randers and Horsens, as well as the coastal dunes and heathlands of the west.
Things to do in Central Jutland
Whether you’re an art lover, a wildlife enthusiast or seeking outdoor pursuits, you’ll find your calling in the Central Jutland Region.
Sightsee in Aarhus. Denmark’s second-largest city lies on the east coast of the Central Jutland Region and is home to the open-air museum of Den Gamle By. Take a step back in time as you wander between its beautifully preserved timber houses, then get up close to contemporary artworks at the cutting-edge ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum. In the Aarhus Botanical Garden, you’ll find everything from a tropical greenhouse to a native beech forest.
Get up close to wildlife at Randers Regnskov. Occupying three large domes, Randers Regnskov is a tropical zoo home to wildlife from Africa, Asia and South America. You can come face-to-face with tapirs, lemurs and West Indian manatees, as well as jaguars and Komodo dragons. Aside from exploring the zoo’s tropical plantings, you can take a journey back in time to the Tidsrejsen area to see a Neanderthal camp and a Stone Age village.
Explore Mols Bjerge National Park. Sculpted during the Ice Age, Mols Bjerge National Park encompasses glacially-carved moraines, forests and coastal meadows on the Djursland peninsula. In addition to its spectacular hiking trails, you can explore the 14th-century castle ruins of Kalø and the Bronze Age burial mounds for which the park is named. Don’t miss the picture-perfect town of Ebeltoft with its cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses.
Getting around Central Jutland
Aarhus Airport is the main aviation gateway to the Central Jutland Region and has flights to destinations across Europe. Trains connect to major towns and cities throughout the region while buses serve smaller destinations not only the railway network.