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Aarhus (until 2010 and still commonly used: Århus) is the second-largest city of Denmark. It is also known as the city of smiles.
North towards Aalborg, Frederikshavn
Take the 14 bus from Århus city center towards Sabro and get off at Tilst Vestervej/Frømosevej. Walk to the crossroads next to Netto and turn right. There is a lane where cars can easily pull over, this is a great place to stand with a sign saying Aalborg. There is a traffic sign there which forbids pedestrians from walking along Viborgvej any further. This is the closest point on Viborgvej to the E45 highway onramp where you can safely hitchhike.
Coordinates of this spot: 56°11'13.1"N 10°05'15.6"E
North West towards Viborg, Thisted and North West Jutland
One option is the same spot as described towards Aalborg and Fredrikshavn.
Another option is the bus stop Viborgvej/Hasle Ringvej on the second ring road in sight of the water tower. A lot of traffic passes by here and there is a lot of space for cars to pull over.
West towards Silkeborg, Herning and West Jutland
Take the 11 bus towards Harlev get off at "Tre Ege/Silkeborgvej" you can hitch a car from the busstop, make sure that they are going on highway 15, towards Herning
South towards South Jutland and Germany
The best spot to go is definitely located near Viby Torv. Take bus #1a, #6a, #4a, #200, or #14 towards Viby Torv. Get out there, walk some meters back to the big traffic light and go to the left into the Viby Ringvej. You'll also recognize signs announcing the motorway. Walk along this street for around 1 km, then the on-ramp for the motorway appears. There's enough space for you to stand on, easy to catch cars in all directions. Most cars are driving from the other direction, so it will be faster to cross the roads (you will have to cross a road where it is not allowed to walk by foot, and also go under a tunnel, but it takes only 2 minutes and it is really way more easy to catch a ride). Most cars stopping only goes to Skanderborg, but if you want to get further south (Germany), only accepting cars to at least Vejle Nord is a good idea, as there are so many cars stopping here, that you will eventually get a ride to at least Vejle in a short time. Here it pays to be patient!
Another great spot towards the south is Infoteria Petersminde. This is a highway restaurant which is frequented by a lot of traffic going towards the German border. From my experience it is way easier here to get a ride all the way to the German border than at the spot near Viby Torv. I actually started hitchhiking at the Viborgvej/hasle ringvej bus stop but you can also take a bus there or from the city towards tilst. You get off at the bus stop near Netto on Viborgvej. The next step is to subsequently follow grydhøjparken, Munkevejen, Bavnehøjvej, Lyngbygardsvej, and finally you turn left into a dirt road which leads to some sort of car dealership indicated on Google maps as SS Auto. There you will reach some woods which you will have to enter. There is a pathway which leads through the woods to the infoteria.
East towards Copenhagen
Go to the harbour of Aarhus and have a look for the ferry towards Sj. Odde (full name Sjællands Odde). Wait in front of the terminals with a sign for Copenhagen, nearly everybody is going there. The drivers pay per car and not per person so it is free for them to bring you. You can find timetables for the ferry here: Mols Linien
You can get very good maps of Aarhus for free at the tourist information, it is inside the library Dokk1 located at the harbour, 700 m. from the train station.
In the library Dokk1 there is the tourist information and there are computers and WiFi that you can use for free. (wifi is called SmartAarhus - ask for someone's danish phone number to log-in as a guest). You can also find lockers there where You can store your lugage for free in their opening hours, using a 20 kroner coin that you will get back.
On the train station there are luggage boxes where you can store your luggage ( 20 kroners per day for small one, 40 kroners for a big one).
There used to be municipal bicycles (blue or colorful, with thick construction) which you could use for 20 kroners without any limitations (on the internet you can find a map of the stands for these bicycles. Many of them are already taken, so stands can be empty. If you manage to find one, be aware that quality is not perfect.) You can also often find abandoned bikes. If it looks quite trashy and is unlocked, you may adopt it. If it has a yellow sticker from the municipality, it has been there long time and soon will be picked up by the police and sold in their auction. Danes have a natural bike-sharing eco-system going on, especially after a night out.
You can buy tickets for busses & letbanen in Aarhus area using phone app Midtraffic. For train - DSB app. In Aarhus (and the rest of Denmark) you can use the app/homepage "rejseplanen", which shows you the easiest and fastest way to use the public transportation. Google Maps works just fine too. Yellow busses, trains and Letbanen you can enter freely with a risk of 750dkk (100eur) fine. In Blue regional busses you enter at the driver and show\buy a ticket (you can try to walk past by showing an expired ticket). Control is not so frequent, and mainly happens downtown (klostertorv-park alle route). They wear black clothes with Securitas 3 red dots logo, and have small machines on their waist. You can avoid the fine if you don't show reveal your real identity and formal information to Control officers (say you only have a (foreign!) bank card instead). Even if you did, the fine might not arrive outside of Denmark, especially outside Europe.
Nice places to visit and free dinners
Den Gamle By Near the centre there is a famous open air museum with hundreds-year-old picturesque buildings. The entrance fee is around 9 euros, but at some places along the fence it is very easy to sneak in. The gate is often open at night, the guard is quite friendly towards polite and clean night visitors.
Botanical gardens Very close to this museum and free of charge. There are free toilets and small useful lockers and wifi inside (have a coin for the locker that you'll get back).
Institut for (X) Best known place in town! Cultural center, diverse community, venue for musical events, workshops, exhibitions. Colorful container city with many artist, music studios, local businesses and non-profits. Feel free to hang around and meet wonderful people. #localheroes On Thursdays, join free Creative Dinners in Area K and afterwards join the Fire Flow Jam next to A-house.
Aros Art Museum Worth to visit! 2 persons can enter free with Aros card (yearly Aros public membership). Ask your couchsurfing host if they have it! You will Scan the card at the right side of the entrance (online billet).
Kunsthal Always free art museum close to Aros. There’s free toilet and wifi.
Cafè Mellemfolk Volunteer ran activist cafe downtown Aarhus, hosts losts of cosy events. On Monday evenings Foodsharing Aarhus give away some groceries there.
Ungdoms Kultur Huset Youth culture house. Hosts a lot of events. On Mondays look for Madmekka event to join a free dinner with people with or without refugee background.
Trøjborg Beboerhus On Sundays join the free People's kitchen (folkekøkken) on Sundays.
Harbor area Aarhus Ø area (where the famous iceberg buildins are) and Bassin7 is worth to take a walk in. Closer to the center, beautiful dome Domen sometimes hosts free events, concerts, movie screenings and more.
Sydhaven South area of Aarhus, includind Frontloberne, Kulbroen, Reuse, Skraldecafeen and more...
In Nature:There is a long beach to the south leading out of the city with a huge park/forest, with a few shelters where you can camp. Morning you can easily meet e.g. joggers. Along the beach there are a few clean toilets free of charge. In this park/forest you can find a park with deers (free entrance) and further South a Moesgaard museum (up to 160 dkk or using a member card).
It's also nice to know that it is legaly allowed so be naked in the beach nearby forest in Denmark! About free tenting in Denmark: https://naturstyrelsen.dk/naturoplevelser/overnatning/fri-teltning/ Find shelters map and more info: https://friluftslivaarhus.dk/ and https://eng.naturstyrelsen.dk/experience-nature/sleeping-outside-in-nature/
Stuff: You can find anything in Aarhus! Just keep looking in the piles or bags on the streets and next to the trashcans. There are several groups on facebook for sharing free things called storskrald, gives bort gratis, free your stuff aarhus and simillar. Visit recycling center REUSE to find small or big free treasures. At times they host free bike or stuff repair workshops.
Food: Close by Reuse, Skraldecafèen is located. They have a few free fridges, where you can often find ready made meal packs and sandwiches and other dumpsterdived or donated foods. There are many good places to dumpsterdive in Aarhus, including city center. Check this map for reference. It might be outdated, keep trying! Bonus for reading: pass by Briançon bakery next to the canal downtown afteir their closing hours for the tastiest bread and croissants in town (just push the gate in and pass through)!
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