Aarhus (river)

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Aarhus River (Aarhus Å)
Stream of Aarhus
River, stream
Århus Å-Immervad.jpg
Aarhus River is flowing through the inner city of Aarhus.
Here at Immervad close to its termination in Aarhus Habour.
Country Denmark
Region Jutland
District Central Denmark Region
Municipality Skanderborg Municipality, Aarhus Municipality
Landmark Stilling-Solbjerg Lake, Jeksendalen,
Brabrand Lake, Aarhus
Source Astrup Mose
 - location Skanderborg Municipality
 - elevation 54 m (177 ft)
Mouth Aarhus Harbour
 - location Aarhus Bay
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Length 40 km (25 mi)
Basin 324 km2 (125 sq mi)
Wikimedia Commons: Aarhus Å

Aarhus River (Danish: Aarhus Å) is a 40 km long river or stream, in eastern Jutland, Denmark.

Aarhus River flows at the bottom of the large river valley of Aarhus Ådal. The valley stretches from Silkeborg to the coastal city of Aarhus, but the river only runs through the easternmost parts.[1] The river drains a basin of 324 km² in the eastern part of Søhøjlandet, terminates in the Aarhus Bay and is a tributary of the Kattegat sea. It originates 54 m above sea level in the swampy bogland of Astrup Mose close to Stilling-Solbjerg Lake, southwest of the city of Aarhus (56°6' northern latitude, 10°9' eastern longitude) and exits into Aarhus Harbour at 56°9' northern latitude, 10°13' eastern longitude. The river defines the border between Skanderborg and Aarhus Municipality on its first few kilometres.

History[edit]

Aarhus River has been important for the development of Aarhus since its foundation in the early Viking Age and archaeological and historical research suggests that it played a crucial role in why the city emerged in the first place.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marianne Krog Skajem. "Undervisningsforløb om Aarhus Ådal med særligt fokus på Brabrand Sø og Årslev Engsø" (in Danish). NTS Centeret. Retrieved 25 November 2014.  Educational material about Aarhus Ådal.
  2. ^ "Facts about Aarhus River". Urban Media Space. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 

Sources[edit]

  • Søren Olsen: Danmarks Søer og Åer ISBN 87-567-6364-6 (Danish)
  • Fode, Henrik et.al (2009): Århus Å. Natur og mennesker (Danish)
  • Barbara Højlund & Frederik Schildt Nabe-Nielsen (2011): Aarhus Viking Ship Museum
  • Christina Jessen (2011): Aarhus Danmarkshistorien.dk, Aarhus University.

External links[edit]

  • Aarhus Å Den Gamle By. Paintings of the Aarhus River through the ages.
  • Aarhus danmarkshistorien.dk, Aarhus University (Danish)

Coordinates: 56°09′16″N 10°12′40″E / 56.15444°N 10.21111°E / 56.15444; 10.21111