The waterfront is still in the development phase with a cruise ship terminal, a landscaped park and more restaurants/bars on the cards but for now the showpiece attraction is Nordkraft, housed in a former power station five minutes’ walk east of the centre near the big new shopping centre Friis, and containing a cinema, theatre/concert venue, several restaurants and the relocated tourist office. A short walk west is the Utzon Center, designed by the man that gave the world the Sydney Opera House, Jørn Utzon. Utzon was born in Aalborg and left the city this fitting architectural masterpiece, inspired by the old shipyards hereabouts, shortly before his death. It’s a showcase for contemporary design and has a wonderful café. A ten-minute walk further west is the distinctive V&S Distillery, home of the potent Scandinavian spirit Aquavit.

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