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Aalborg by plane
Situated in Northern Denmark, Aalborg is well connected in several ways. With an excellent internal air, rail and road network, getting to Aalborg has never been easier. For visitors from the Nordic countries it is easiest to fly to Aalborg via Copenhagen Airport which has a virtual air bridge to Aalborg with more than 30 daily connections and a flight time of only 35 minutes. For further information about flights to and from Aalborg, see Aalborg Airports website.
To and from the airport
Arriving by plane you will find yourself at Aalborg Airport, only 15 minutes by bus and taxi from the city centre and the conference facilities. Taxis are outside the terminal and will take you directly to your hotel. Price for taxi ride is DKK 180-250 depending on hotel destination. While in Aalborg, feel free to call a cab: +45 9810 1010 (Aalborg Taxi).
Buses leave from the airport several times per hour and take you to the city centre. The bus fare is DKK 22 per person, cash only. Neither foreign currency nor credit cards are accepted. However, you can withdraw cash from ATM’s at the airport.
As you exit the airport building using the revolving doors at the check-in area, you will find the buses going to downtown Aalborg on your right hand side. The buses with the following numbers and final destinations will take you to the bus terminal in Aalborg which is centrally located (with multiple stops along the way) and a 10 minutes walk from the conference facilities:
12 (Universitetet), 70 (Aalborg Busterminal), 71 (Aalborg Busterminal) and 200 (Aalborg busterminal).
When returning to the airport, you have the following bus options from the bus terminal:
12 (Aabybro), 70 (Thisted Busterminal), 71 (Hjørring Busterminal) and 200 (Blokhus)
For more information on buses, dial +45 98 11 11 11 (the call center of the public bus authority).
By train or bus
In the centre of the city close to the conference venue you will find Aalborg main railway and bus station. From here there are direct routes to many cities across the country. Intercity trains between Copenhagen and Aalborg run on an hourly basis. For more information on the rail network within Denmark click here or visit the official carriers, www.dsb.dk. The transportation company Nordjyllands Trafikselskab (NT) operates locally in the region and runs an extensive network of local buses in Aalborg. There are also long distance bus routes that link Aalborg with Copenhagen, Odense, Esbjerg and other major cities in Denmark as well as Europe. Please visit www.rejseplanen.dk to arrange your travel. The site combines train, regional and city busses to provide you with the fastest and most convenient travel plan.
Stenaline and Colorline offer several connections from Sweden and Norway to Hirtshals (70 km from Aalborg), Frederikshavn (65 km from Aalborg) or Grenå (115 km from Aalborg). Fjord Line offers a connection from Kristiansand in Norway to Hirtshals (70 km from Aalborg).
Aalborg has direct highway connections to Copenhagen and Germany. Queues seldom arise and the speed limit is 130 km/hour. Several car rental companies are located in Aalborg and other main cities in Denmark, e.g. AVIS, Europcar, Hertz and PS Biludlejning (in Danish). For route planning you could check Google Maps, Mappy or ViaMichelin.
Aalborg is a multi-faceted city - full of contrasts. A city with a lust for life and all of its pleasures. It’s also grand on a manageable scale. All the major city attractions are concentrated within easy distance. From fast-paced fun to peaceful oases. From a foaming draft beer to sublime gastronomy. From the Viking era to the Middle Ages, to modern art.
The city’s recently restored waterfront has much to offer for the outdoor and curious visitor. With its many open-air sports and recreations areas, the waterfront invites both active guests and those with lust for life. Near the waterfront you will find both the new Nordkraft and the architectural astonishing Utzon Center.
Until recently, Nordkraft supplied the people of Aalborg with electricity. But now the old, coal-fired power station in the centre of Aalborg generates a completely different kind of power – Culture Power. Nordkraft, the new eagerly awaited cultural powerhouse of Aalborg, opened its doors in 2009. Nordkraft brings together culture, sports, and recreation, combining sports facilities, a cinema, theatres, and restaurants under one roof – all in a fusion of contemporary architecture and authentic industrial styles that create a very special atmosphere. With its unique, raw and industrial yet still stimulating look, Nordkraft truly reviels the identity of Aalborg.
Right next to Nordkraft is the Utzon Center, both situated at Aalborg waterfront. The Utzon Center was the last work of the architect Jørn utzon who also designed the well-known Opera House in Sydney. He described it as "a place where good thoughts could come together and… a centre of excellence for architecture and humanity in the future."
Aalborg has no less than 1,700 hotel rooms in the city centre, all of them within easy walking distance. Hotels are available in all styles: Crisp minimalism, a refined gentleman’s club at¬mosphere, or classic Scandinavian modernism. Aalborg has it all. The hotels have ratings up to four stars; no matter what category you choose, Aal¬borg offers exceptional value for money.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the city of Aalborg! Please feel at home when you arrive!
Good to know
For the one who wants to see the big picture
To find a map of Aalborg that should provide you with an overview of where everything is situated in proportion to each other, please visit Maps of Aalborg, hvorpå du bl.a. finder:
- Restaurants and cafés
- Shopping streets, etc.
For the cultural
ing your stay, get a chance to explore the cultural vibe in Aalborg either by strolling down the newly established Habourfront in the evening or exploring the inner city visiting its art museums and galleries. Please visit the official Tourist Bureau’s website VisitAalborg to get more information on:
- Events, etc.
For the shopaholic
With its abundance of shops Aalborg’s high streets are an eldorado for anyone who loves to shop. But, whatever you do, don’t miss the side streets. They are packed with exciting little shops selling the work of young designers and craftspeople. You never know what you will find.
- Opening hoursr:
Sun: 11AM-3PM (only the 1st Sunday of the month)
- Read more about shopping streets or about Friis Shopping centre.
Friis Shopping Centre has longer opening hours than regular shops. Monday-Friday 10AM-7PM, Saturday 10Am-4PM, and 1st Sunday of the month 10AM-4PM.
For the thirsty
Need a beer after a day with lots of impressions? Jomfru Ane Gade (English: Virgin Anne's Street), in Aalborg, is one of Denmark's most famous street. It is popular with both locals and tourists for its lively atmosphere with all the restaurants and pubs on both sides of the street. It is said to be the street with the longest continuous stretch of restaurants and bars in Denmark.
An Aalborg Beerwalk also makes an agreeable finish to a busy day and a perfect start to a fun afternoon or evening in Aalborg. Treat yourself to an Aalborg Beerwalk and taste 6 well-poured, special beers in as many as 6 great pubs in the centre of Aalborg. Please visit Aalborg Beerwalk to read more about the concept.
For the Forest Gump
Even when staying in the city, beautiful oases of nature – perfect for a great work out – are never far away. A different experience awaits you, if you go for a run in Mølleparken during twilight. Here, you can follow a 2.5 km route lit up by lanterns. Please ask your hotel for inspiration or look here.
For the yuppies
Danish Kroner (DKK) is the currency in Denmark. Banks are open from 10.00AM-04.00PM Monday to Friday. Though, in most hotels, restaurants, cafés and shops international credit cards are widely accepted.
For the generous
Tipping: In Denmark, tipping isn't common - all service bills that you receive already include gratuity, and it is unnecessary (but always appreciated) to add a tip in Denmark.
For the meteorologist
Aalborg is situated in the Northern Denmark. Weather in Denmark varies with the seasons. Denmark has a temperate climate and can be humid and overcast. The winters are usually mild and windy, and the summers can be cool or sunny. The weather in Denmark is a popular subject for discussion as it often changes from day to day and even during the day. It is therefore a good idea to bring a coat or an umbrella on outdoor activities. To check the weather forecast when you visit Aalborg, please visit the website of the Danish Meteorological Institute www.dmi.dk for the latest forecast.
For the Benjamin Franklin
Electrical appliances run at 220v in Denmark. Electrical outlets in Denmark use a two-prong plug typical for continental Europe. Most laptops will automatically work with 220-230 volts (check the back of your laptop for power input markings.)
For Cary Grant
The conference is a non-smoking event and smoking is prohibited throughout the venue. However, for those who do not want to walk outside for smoking, there are a smokers’ lounge and a smokers’ terrace in the building.
For the one who wears a seat belt
Generally speaking, Denmark is a very safe country and Aalborg is a particularly safe city. Like in most major cities in the world, however, it is advisable to watch ones belongings and valuables while being in public places and to keep cars locked.
For the one who needs visa
If you need a visa to enter Denmark please contact the conference secretary as soon as possible to get an invitation letter to present to your local Danish Embassy. A processing time of up to 3 months should be expected! In order to get the invitation letter we need an official statement (stamped) from your employer/institution confirming that you are employed/enrolled accordingly. In the statement it must be stated that your employer/institution will cover all expenses in connection with your trip to Denmark.
Initially, you may fax the statement followed by a hard copy sent by normal post to:
Institut for Kultur og Globale Studier
Att. Marianne Høgsbro
Kroghstræde 1, room 2-007
DK- 9220 Aalborg Øst
Fax: +45 9815 7887
For more detailed information on obtaining short term visa for Denmark, please visit the website of the Danish Immigration Service.
In case of emergency and medical care
In case of emergency please dial +45 112 to contact ambulance, police, or fire department. In case of serious illness or injury dial +45 112. Hotel staff can also direct you to hospitals or dental clinics. For non-emergency sickness the medical authorities recommend consulting a doctor instead of going to the hospital. Your hotel will be able to recommend you one.
About Aalborg University (AAU)
Aalborg University (AAU) has been providing students with academic excellence, cultural engagement and personal development since its inception in 1974. It offers education and research within the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technical and health sciences.
AAU currently consolidates and further develops its profile as a dynamic and innovative research and educational institution oriented towards the surrounding world. It is characterised by combining a keen engagement in local, regional, and national issues with an active commitment to international collaboration. With a persistent dedication to the pursuit of excellence, Aalborg University offers supreme educational experiences across a broad spectrum of academic fields.
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