Aarhus (in Danish, Århus) is the principal port and bishop's seat of its area of Denmark, on the east coast of Jutland. It is the second largest town in the kingdom, and capital of the amt (county) of Aarhus. The district is low-lying, fertile and well wooded. The town is the junction of railways from all parts of the country. To the southwest (13 miles by rail), a picturesque region extends west from the railway junction of Skanderborg, including several lakes, through which flows the Gudenaa, the largest river in Denmark, and rising ground exceeding 500 feet in the Himmelbjerget. The railway traverses this pleasant district of moorland and wood to Silkeborg, a modern town having one of the most attractive situations in the kingdom. The harbour is good and safe, and agricultural produce is exported, while coal and iron are among the chief imports. The bishopric of Aarhus dates at least from 951. Aarhus' 13th century cathedral is the largest church in Denmark.
One major tourist attraction in Aarhus is The Old Town (Den Gamle By), a collection of old buildings from Danish history.
Aarhus is the home of Aarhus University.