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132km (82 miles) NW of Ebeltoft; 383km (238 miles) W of Copenhagen

We won't pretend that Aalborg is our favorite city in Jutland -- Århus is. But once in this city opening onto the Limfjord, we always manage to have a good time, and so will you if you avail yourself of all its attractions, especially some of those in the environs. We like to stand at Aalborg harbor, watching ships head out for sea, sailing to faraway Iceland and even the Faroe islands, and most definitely to Britain and Ireland.

The largest city in North Jutland, Aalborg is known worldwide for its akvavit. Although essentially a shipping town and commercial center, Aalborg makes a good base for sightseers, with its many hotels and attractions, more than 300 restaurants, and diverse nightlife.

History is a living reality in Aalborg. The city was founded 1,000 years ago when the Viking fleets assembled in these parts before setting off on their predatory expeditions. The city's historic atmosphere has been preserved in its old streets and alleys. Near the Church of Our Lady are many beautifully restored and reconstructed houses, some of which date from the 16th century.

Not far from Aalborg, on the west coast of North Jutland, some of the finest beaches in northern Europe stretch from Slettestrand to Skagen. The resort towns of Blokhus and Løkken are especially popular with Danes, Germans, and Swedes.