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AARHUS, Denmark, Europe Cruise

    Jutland's capital, the second-largest city in Denmark, Arhus is a cultural center a university town combined with a lovely port. Aside from enjoying the city's many restaurants, hotels, and nighttime amusements, you can use Arhus as a good base for excursions to Silkeborg, Ebeltoft, and the moated manors and castles to the north. Originally Arhus was a Viking settlement, probably founded as early as the 10th century; its name, Aros, meaning estuary, comes from its position at the mouth of a river, Arhus A. The town experienced rapid growth and by 948 it had its own bishop. An Episcopal church was built here in 1060, and a cathedral was launched at the dawn of the 13th century. This prosperity came to a temporary end in the late Middle Ages when the town was devastated by the bubonic plague. The Reformation of 1536 also slowed the growth of Arhus. But the coming of the railway in the 19th century renewed prosperity, which continues to this day.
    To some, Arhus is the "alternative capital of the west," since Copenhagen is so far to the east and the country as a whole lacks geographical unity. On the east coast of Central Jutland, it lies on a wide bay whose waters are sheltered by the Helgen├Žs peninsula. Its economic growth today is based on communications, the food industry, electronics, textiles, iron and steel, and Danish design, as well as the harbor which is now the second most important in Denmark, rivaled only by Copenhagen.

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