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The Church of Our Lady
Portal facing west



Tour Suggestions

Many are the possibilities for tours in the city and the region, only your imagination knows the limit.


Guided Walks


1. The District of ‘Our Lady’
The tour is named after the Church of Our Lady that was built in the early twelfth century just east of town. Originally it was an abbey church to a convent. Here nuns lived and maybe they had the time to study that which to-day is considered the oldest and perhaps the most beautiful piece of art in Aalborg, viz. the west portal of the church; this portal testifies to the introduction of Christianity into Northern Jutland.


2. The Witches of Aalborg
The witches of Aalborg have their own history. Actually, many of them confessed to their being witches. It is even thought that a witches’ school existed! We shall hear about the various sorcerers and witches, and the punishments to which they were subjected after torture.


3. Aalborg Castle
The Aalborg Castle tells of the presence of royal power and influence in town. The “War of the Count” and Capt Clement (sixteenth century Danish civil war) are mentioned, and so is the banishment of ex-queens to a humble existence. The Castle has also the story of a distinguished visitor in 1859 when the author Hans Christian Andersen stayed twice on the Castle during his grand and only tour of Northern Jutland.


4. Jakob Paludan
Many writers have visited or lived in Aalborg, one is Jakob Paludan. He makes Jörgen Stein the protagonist in his great Bildungsroman by that name which takes place partly during WWI. The tour brings into focus the time “before the world went out of order”, and tells of the town in which Jörgen Stein went about.


5. The District of St Botolph
This tour is named after the Cathedral, the Church of St Botolph. During the stroll the story of Aalborg is told, and especially that of the gem of the town, the Renaissance building, “Jens Bang´s House of Stone”. Also is told the story of monks and nuns in the Monastery of the Holy Ghost, one of the best preserved monasteries/convents of its kind north of the Alps.



6. The sunny- and dark sides of Aalborg in the 1600’s
We follow the footsteps of the rich and the poor.  How were their lives and rights? What happened in case of misfortune and illness? Which penal sanctions could be imposed on them? Consequences could be terrible for a thief, a prostitute, a witch or a self-inflicted poor man, that is a younger unemployed man. We walk to places of the historical events. 


7. The waterfront of Aalborg
Aalborg harbor has gone through a total transformation from being a commercial harbor to an adventure harbor. The stroll starts at the Limfjordsbro and follows the fiord passing the Harbor Pool, The Custom House, Aalborg Castle and Utzon Centre with view of Nordkraft (former power station now Cultural  Centre) and House of the Music. Finally we walk to the old historical harbor at Østerå.
 


8. Experience the waterfront of Aalborg from the sea
The best way to experience the impressive transformation Aalborg has gone through is from the sea. Aalborg Harbor was already mentioned in the Middle Ages and went through a rapid development. For Aalborg this meant large sums of collected taxes. The phasing out of the inner harbor started in the 1970’s and soon the replacement, the commercial East Harbor, was finished. For centuries the fiord and town have lived separately, but now the fiord has become part of the town. Therefore join in on board the boat M/S Kysten and listen to the story of the harbor and its development in the past, present and future  - sailing from Portland in the east  to the island Egholm in the west.


9.
Almen Kirkegård/Common Cemetery.
Walking in the cemetery, which is also a beautiful park, we hear about persons who have lived and worked in Aalborg and who have been important to many people, and we will observe their memorials.


10. Aalborg during the Second World War.
In the Memorial Grove we are told about the period of the Nazi occupation; we watch some of the memorial tablets there and in the cemetery proper. En route down town we stop in some places to hear about incidents that happened there during “the five cursed years”.


11. The Streets are talking.
What is hidden behind the names of the street signs in Aalborg? On the walk about town we will hear of witches, generals, bishops, recorders, royalty and good people. Too, we look at the open spaces of the town: why are they situated here and which use was made of them previously?


12. A bike ride. Aalborg  - a city worth knowing
The ride is about 5 km long and goes off at a pleasant pace. We start at the Art Museum looking at sculptures in the park. From there we ride to Aalborg Football Arena, where the story of Aalborg’s benefactor distiller Harald Jensen and his fantastic life is told. He donated land to the town, therefore it was possible to create better conditions for athletes. From the yachting harbor we ride along the fiord watching the maritime environment and listen to the stories about the old industrial companies. We end the ride at Aalborg waterfront watching the renewals which have given Aalborg a new identity.


13. Vesterbro. Aalborg during the 1930’s
Through crisis and change along the road to the future; we walk along the western main street called Vesterbro, watch the distinctive buildings of this time and hear about the background of Aalborg’s development during this period.


14. Hasseris.
On our tour through Hasseris, the ”garden city”, a suburb just to the west of Aalborg proper, we shall look at names on street signs and hear of some of the persons found there, admire villas, houses and other things made by merchants and other enterprising people some generations ago.


15. P for Packness.
The architect Ejnar Packness has put his fine hallmark on Aalborg; on our promenade we will seek out some of the buildings which he designed, and also look at other houses.


16. Art and history in the quarter
of Our Lady.
The theme is the history and the art in the quarter of Our Lady/ Nørregade, the place where previously the peasants stabled their horses and did their shopping in the merchant’s houses. We look at art by, among others, Erik Heide, Henrik Voldmester and Otto Evans, and at the same time the history of the quarter is told. The walk ends in Hjelmerstald at Lange’s handicrafts situated in a house with 4 wings that is 200 years old and which previously was a forge. Here the family Lange will show around telling about the work in ceramics- and glass workshop, gallery and sculpture garden. In the month of June after the guided tour it will be possible to attend a free concert in the beautiful old yard.


17. Sculpture walk
In Aalborg you will find many sculptures in the open - created by local and national sculptors e.g. the international known Bertel Thorvaldsen. Looking at both old and new sculptures we will talk about subject, place and the sculptor. Down town we will find funny and weird decorations on buildings. - Often we just pass them without noticing!


18. “Look Up”
Many houses in Aalborg have beautiful ornamentations, but remember to “look up” or else it is easy to overlook them. Some of them are merely decorations, others have symbolic significance. We will find the most beautiful and interesting and listen to the story about them and the people who let them set up.

 



Indoor guided tours


1. The Aalborg Monastery of the Holy Ghost
A visit to one of the oldest and best preserved buildings in Aalborg, the Monastery of the Holy Ghost, that lies well hidden in the city like an oasis. The house has atmosphere and stories from the period when it was home to monks and nuns. Among other things we see the Chapter Hall with frescoes from AD 1510 approx. The cathedral school was here for some 300 years. The first resistance group of WWII in Denmark, the Churchill Club, was founded here. To-day the Monastery is a housing complex for senior citizens.


2. The Franciscan Friary in Algade
We take the lift down into the underground and visit the remnants of the church and friary of the Grey Friars and hear about their life and deeds among the people of Aalborg in those days.

 


Day tours in the Region of North Jutland
Some suggestions for all-day and half-day excursions:


Tour by coach in Aalborg and the surrounding country
Tour by bus to the Lindholm Höje Viking Settlement Area, Denmark’s greatest relic of Antiquity with 700 tombs from the period AD 400 – 1000.
Vorgaard Castle (north of the Limfjord) with unsuspected treasures of French art.
Skagen ( the Skaw) with a visit to the Skagen Museum of Art, the house of the artists Michael and Anna Anker; with “ the Sandworm” wagon to the outmost tip of the peninsula, a visit to the great Raabjerg Dune.
The West Coast: the broad beach at Blokhus, Börglum Monastery/manor house, the Rubjerg Knot, the Maarup Church . The North Sea Museum in Hirtshals.
The Counties of West Himmerland and Han Herred with visits to the ruins of Vitsköl Convent and the herb garden and the remnants of the Viking fortress at Aggersborg, to the Tömmerby Church and other places.
Rold Forrest: the greatest forrest in Denmark; a visit to the Rebild Hills (where July 4 is celebrated), the Springs and the Tingbaek Lime Pit with models for the sculptures by Anders Bundgaard, the artist.




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