A stroll - Historic buildings

Aalborg's Historic Buildings

There are many wonderful sights in the city, both ancient and modern, all within easy distance by foot or bus. Depending upon the time you have available and what your interests are,

I’m here to help and guide you. As a start here are a few ideas but, don't forget, checkout Visit Aalborg’s website (www.visit-aalborg.dk) for lots more possibilities.

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Historic buildings from the 15, 16 & 17 centuries, for example:

 

  • Jens Bangs House (Jens Bangs Stenhus), built in 1624 by the extremely wealthy but unloved merchant Jens Bang. Hear about its famous pharmacy museum and the ‘secretive’ King Christian IV Guild.
  • Budolfi Cathedral (Budolfi Domkirke), Denmark’s smallest and only white painted, 15-century cathedral. Towering over the old town hall square, the scene of medieval merriment, trade and justice.
  • The Monastery of the Holy Ghost (Helligåndsklosteret), which cared for orphans, the sick and the elderly. Built in 1431, it is one of the oldest and best preserved, medieval structures in Denmark. Here you will be introduced to some amazing, but nevertheless, true stories.
  • Hjelmer’s Stables (Hjelmerstald), the former slum area, now an expensive residential area. A mid 1600s development of poor quality housing to house Aalborg’s poor, extended in the late 1700s to house garrison troops and their horses. Today it is a charming, cobblestoned street of rustic cottages.
  • Aalborg Castle (Aalborghus Slot), whose lack of a fresh water supply failed it as a fortress, but enabled it to became the home of the King’s exchequer and the dungeons where witches were imprisoned.