Aarhus is the principal port of Denmark, sitting on the east side of the peninsula in Jutland in the geographic center of the country. It is Denmark's second-largest city, as well as its "youngest" city: the average age of inhabitants is far lower than anywhere else in the country, due to those attending Aarhus' 25 educational and research institutions. Within a city known for its vibrant atmosphere, Aarhus event venues comprise a wealth of retail, cafes, fine restaurants and cultural institutions.
Aarhus is served by both the Aarhus Airport and Billund Airport. Located just 25 miles northeast of the city, Aarhus Airport provides regular service to Copenhagen, Oslo, London and Stockholm. The Billund Airport, located 60 miles southwest of Aarhus, serves as west Denmark's international airport and Denmark's second-largest airport, with regular international flights to such destinations as Paris, London, Munich and Amsterdam.
Among Aarhus convention venues is the beautiful Scandinavian Congress Center, the largest hotel and conference center in Denmark. Located in the heart of the city, the Scandinavian Congress Center can accommodate up to 2,400 guests and sits next door to the 234-room Radisson Blue Scandinavia Hotel, offering 36 meeting rooms of its own, as well as the renowned Concert Hall Aarhus.
Concert Hall Aarhus is among the many Aarhus event venues that welcome private and group events. Home to the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, and Danish National Opera, the Aarhus Concert Hall can accommodate up to 1,800 people in its meeting rooms and halls, including a 2,000-square-meter glass foyer complete with palm and olive trees. The Glass Museum in Ebeltoft is not only a wonderful venue for private group events, but also a contemporary space that houses an international studio glass collection of more than 1,500 works.
Other Aarhus attractions include the top-ranked Den Gamle By heritage museum, as well as the Natural History museum, which features exciting exhibits on the Danish landscape. The Steno Museum, located within walking distance of the city center, features exhibits on the history of science and medicine, as well as a planetarium and herb garden, while the Randers Regnskov Tropical Zoo brings visitors up close to more than 250 species of animals and 450 species of plants in its rainforests representing three continents. One of Northern Europe's largest, most innovative art museums, the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum welcomes guests to take in city views from its panoramic rooftop.
Meeting participants may also gather at the city's many fine restaurants. Serving modern Greek fare, Restaurant Athena is known for its view over Aarhus' main square, while Teater Bodega serves traditional Danish favorites. Restaurant ET specializes in classic French fare, while Kahler serves world-renowned Danish cuisine in an old Parisian atmosphere. Castenskiold is a popular cafe and restaurant with a high-caliber, French-inspired menu.