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Aarhus or Gothenburg?

We have a decision to see one or the others of these two cities for our cruise next year. We wanted to know which one you would pick for scenery and things to do. Our cruise will be in June of 2014. Thanks!

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Just felt like bumping this back up, hope to get some ideas soon! Thanks!

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I have not been to Gothenburg. I have been to Aarhus and absolutely LOVED it. Cute, cute, cute. Walkable and friendly. The old town is lovingly preserved, and the architecture is adorable. Den Gamle By is a great little (recreated) old village that is worth a wander. My favorite thing is the Moesgard Museum of Prehistory, as I am "into" all things stone age. Also, tons of fun places to eat, cute cafes, charming little restaurants, and of course the most excellent Danish beer!

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Hi Auburn. good question! I have been to both. Aarhus and Gothenburg are each very nice cities to visit, but I'll probably go for Aarhus, as this city encapsulates all the charm which typifies a typical Danish provincial city. Plus, there are a number of sights worth seeing such as the Open air museum "Den Gamle By" (The old city), Our Saviors church, and then a stroll down the pedestrian streets in the inner city with a stop for a cup of coffee at one the cafes along the charming Aarhus river which runs through the city. I've had some memorable lunches at the Restaurant Seafood ( just outside the inter city at the Marselisborg Lystbaadehavn (a marina with private yachts) which serves great fresh seafood dishes! Aarhus is surrounded by lots of greenery, parks and forests. For fun, go to the amusement park of "Tivoli Friheden". Perhaps rent a bicycle to get around. Gothenburg, on the other hand, has more of an industrial look and I don't recall any particular sights from here, except the Museum of fine arts (Goteborg Konstmuseum) which holds an impressive collection of paintings from artists such as Monet, Rembrandt, Picasso and Rubens. We had a very nice lunch at the restaurant Sjomagasinet (one Michelin star). So, from an experience point of view, I'll chose Aarhus. Happy holidays!