Aarhus N is a district in the city of Aarhus, consisting of Trøjborg, Risskov, Vejlby, Skejby, Vorrevangen and Christiansbjerg. Aarhus N is an abbreviation for Aarhus Nord (lit. English, "Aarhus North") and is located north of the city centre. It is the highest lying area of Aarhus.
Many of the neighborhoods in the district were once small, separated towns and villages, but developed and grew through the Industrial Revolution and later merged with the rest of Aarhus.
Aarhus N has 30,000 inhabitants.
Boroughs and neighbourhoods
Christiansbjerg is one of Aarhus's old boroughs, located beyond the historic city center. In the 1500-1800s, this area was covered by agricultural fields and pastures with grazing livestock. In the 1800s, several larger farms was built here and their names, such as Katrinebjerg, Reginehøj, Højvang and Vorregård, are still in use today. In the beginning of the 1900s, the development of Christianbjerg was initiated as a small independent town, but the urban constructions really first took off in the 30s and 40s, when a lot of new houses and apartments were erected. Now several urban squares has given the borough its own structure and identity, with an urban center around Stjernepladsen (lit.: the star square) and lots of shops and small businesses. In recent decades large institutions and storehouses have also appeared. The area has easy access to and from the harbour and the city centre and comprise large residential areas, educational institutions, many facilities for sports, the large shopping mall of Storcenter Nord (recently expanded), several dormitories and many student residents, just next to the University campus. Today, Christiansbjerg has around 22,000 inhabitants, and has grown to become an important part of Aarhus.
In the northenmost parts of Chrisitansbjerg, beyond the ring road of Ring 2 and west of Randersvej, there is a large business park comprising many educational institutions, sports facilities and businesses. Only a few residential apartment buildings are here. The business park extends well into the borough of Skejby, all the way to the old village of Skejby itself. Important facilities in the Christiansbjerg part of this area includes the DR headquarters, Danmarks Medie- og Journalisthøjskole (Danish School of Media and Journalism) and Aarhus Tech (center for technical VET educations). The sports centre comprise Aarhus Skøjtehal (an indoor ice rink), Christiansbjerghallen (a sports hall), Idrætsdaghøjskolen IDA (a folk high school for sports), outdoor climbing walls and full size outdoor association football fields.
Katrinebjerg is a small neighbourhood within Christiansbjerg and is known for its IT center of IT-byen Katrinebjerg (English: IT-city Katrinebjerg). Begun in 1999, it is now the largest IT centre in Denmark and both IT businesses, administration and education are represented here.
Riisvangen forms a larger residential area, comprised primarily by detached family houses. There are almost no shops, cafés or business going on here, but the neighbourhood houses a stadium, facilitating association football, tennis and athletics. There is also an area of allotments in the northern part and easy access to both Riis Skov and Vestereng.
Trøjborg is located north of Aarhus C and to the east of Christiansbjerg, along the coast. Around 10,000 people are living here, with many university students. With its short distance to downtown and the nature of Riis Skov and the bay, Trøjborg has also attracted many non-students also. The borough works almost like an independent town-village within the city of Aarhus, having its own distinct architectural charm, shopping district and cultural life. There are about a hundred stores here, a cinema, grocery and fruit markets, plenty cafés, bars and restaurants and the shopping centre of Løvbjerg. The architecture of Trøjborg, presents a typical Danish workingclass town-scape from the late 1800s to early 1900s. The area underwent a modernisation from 2001 to 2006, with wider sidewalks, reconstructions of the urban space and a few new buildings.
Marienlund and Riis Skov
Marienlund comprise the northern tip of Trøjborg, near the traffic meeting point of Grenaavej, Nordre Ringgade and Dronning Magrethesvej. It is a residential area of mostly single houses with a distinct architectural design. Marienlund is also the name of a terminus for several bus lines going around and through Aarhus and it is the official gateway to the forest-park of Riis Skov.
Riis Skov stretches along the coast of the bay and is a public forest-park now enclosed by the city. It is one of Aarhus' more significant landmarks and is popular with residents (and tourists) and has been for hundreds of years. Along the coast, there is a small beach and a seabath - open during the summer months -, separated from the woods by the regional rail line.
Located just north of Riisvangen, Vorrevangen is also primarily a quiet residential area, but the buildings here are different. They are a mix of apartment buildings and row houses, with a few small detached family houses in between. Vorrevangen is centered around the large school of Vorrevangskolen and there is a small shopping area in the south, at the ring road of Ring 2 close to Riisvangen.
Aarhus N has sparse rail service. Regional trains only run on the far east in Trøjborg, along the coast. There are only two stops, a station in Trøjborg and a small platform east of Risskov.
The Aarhus Council have planned for years to build a light rail line to help develop the infrastructure in the city. The rail line is planned to follow the main road, Nørrebrogade which forms the border between Vesterbro and Trøjborg. In May 2008 the expansion of the road from four lanes to six lanes started. The two new lanes will serve as bus lanes until the light rail is put in place. This section of the light rail is the first of several, eventually covering many old and planned urban areas in and around Aarhus. As of the beginning of 2010, planning of the rail has entered a hearing phase. The first lines should run on Nørrebrogade in 2015
Aarhus N is served by several bus lines, both intra- and intercity. There are no manned bus terminals in Aarhus N, but some buses terminate at smaller hubs.
Other districts in Aarhus includes:
- Neighbourhood of the Proletariat Bymuseet. Homepage of Aarhus Citymuseum. (Danish)
- DR - Danish Broadcasting Corporation C. F. Møller
- International Danish School of Media and Journalism
- AARHUS TECH English available
- Aarhus Skøjtehal
- Idrætsdaghøjskolen IDA (Danish)
- Christiansbjerghallen Aarhus Municipality (Danish)
- IT-byen Katrinebjerg Official homepage (Danish)
- Map of IT-byen Katrinebjerg Business Aarhus
- Riisvangen Stadion Danmarks Stadions (Danish)
- Magistratens 2. Afdeling (1984): Trøjborg Kvarteret - Århus Kommuneatlas, Aarhus Municipality. (Danish)
- The Light Rail Organisation
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