Planning a Trip
By Plane -- You can fly from Copenhagen to Aalborg; the airport (tel. 98-17-11-44; www.aal.dk) is 6.5km (4 miles) from the city center.
By Train -- There is frequent train service from Copenhagen by way of Fredericia to Århus; there you can connect with a train to Aalborg, a 90-minute ride.
By Bus -- Aalborg's bus station is the transportation center for North Jutland and is served from all directions. For all bus information in North Jutland, call Nordjyllands Trafikselskab (tel. 98-11-11-11).
By Car -- From Ebeltoft, follow Route 21 north until you reach the junction with Route 16. Drive west on Route 16 until you come to E45, which runs north to Aalborg.
The Aalborg Tourist Bureau is at Østerågade 8 (tel. 99-31-675-00; www.visitaalborg.com). It's open June and August, Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm; September to May, Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm. In July it is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm.
For bus information, call tel. 98-11-11-11. Most buses depart from Østerågade and Nytorv in the city center. A typical fare costs DKK16 ($2.70/£1.60), although you can buy a 10-trip tourist pass for DKK110 ($19/£11) to ride on all the city buses for a day. Information about bus routes is available from the Aalborg Guide, which is distributed free by the tourist office.
The Aalborg Carnival, scheduled each year on May 25 and 26, is one of the major events of spring in Jutland. Streets are filled with festive figures in colorful costumes strutting in a parade. Up to 100,000 people participate in this annual event, marking the victory of spring over winter's darkness. The whole city seems to explode in joy. There's also the Aalborg Jazz and Blues Festival August 13 to 19. Jazz fills the whole city at dozens of clubs, although most activity centers on C. W. Obels Plads. Every year on the Fourth of July, Danes and Danish Americans meet to celebrate America's Independence Day in the lovely hills of Rebild.