Things to do

Winter holiday in Den Gamle By, the old town in Aarhus

The semi open air museum in Aarhus, follows the seasons and winter games feature high on the agenda during Danish vinterferie. Mostly indoors though. There is a special winter workshop where children can learn to make their own night lamp, used to visit the privy when it was dark.

By Inger Stokkink

In Havbogade, time rolls back to 1927, where a mother bakes ’fastelavnsboller’ in a wood-fired oven. Come and have a bite!

Otherwise, the museum is teeming with life, enjoying the winter and preparing for spring. Wander around the picturesque streets, peek into the houses.

Wherever so much as a door stands ajar, you just walk in, and be ready to be surprised.

Worth a look are also a visit to the museum’s underground section where the exhibition ” the jewellery box” has more than 1,000 silver and other stone gems on display.

Totally off-topic, but to give you an idea of other ways in which you can ’use’ a museum: Den Gamle By has a special apartment, decorated with original furniture and items from the 1950s,  aimed at elderly people who suffer from dementia.

Here, the sights and textures and smells of the little house activate memories, to share with family members who have come along.

Den Gamle By – a Danish time travel machine for all ages!

Date: From 8 to 16 February 2020.

Entrance: free for children and teenagers until the age of 18, adults pay DKK 110

Winter workshop: DKK 40  per child.

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