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PhotoSecrets Aalborg, first published March 7, 2018. This version output April 21, 2018.
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A great travel photograph, like a great news photograph, requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photographers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”
There are countless books that can help you with photographic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to wander around, track down every potential viewpoint, and essentially re-invent the wheel.
In my career as a professional travel photographer, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photographing instead of wandering about. It’s like having a professional location scout in your camera bag. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photograph on assignment.
PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”
Bob Krist has photographed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photographer of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.
For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photographer magazine as “the best book about travel photography we’ve ever read.”
The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photography, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photographs.
PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic shots, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Get ideas for composition and interesting viewpoints. See what piques your interest. Know what to shoot, where to stand, when to go, and why it’s interesting. Now you can spend less time researching and more time photographing.
The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. Twenty-plus years later, you have this guide. Thanks!
Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!
Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.
Andrew has published 38 nationally-distributed photography books. He has photographed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photography, Where, and Woman’s World.
Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.
At a Glance
|Fame:||Fourth most populous city in Denmark|
|Nickname(s):||Paris of the North|
|Population:||112,194 (city, 2016)|
210,316 (municipality, 2016)
Aalborg is a Danish city famous for its half-timbered mansions and Viking history. Located in the north of Denmark about 412 kilometres (256 mi) from the capital Copenhagen, the Municipality of Aalborg is the third most populous in the country.
Situated at the narrowest part of the Limfjord waterway, with access to England and Norway, Aalborg was founded in the Iron Age as a trading post. It became an important Viking harbor around AD 700 and a burial ground can be seen on a hill overlooking the city. The name Aalborg possibly derives from the Old Norse for “the fort by the stream.”
In 1342, the town gained royal trading privileges from King Valdemar IV. Merchants grew prosperous and the town became one of the largest communities in Denmark. King Christian II frequently held court in the old Aalborghus (a half-timbered castle) and, in 1516, granted Aalborg a monopoly in salting Limfjord’s herring, a valuable export.
From the 1550s to the 1640s, as a result of increased foreign trade, Aalborg enjoyed great prosperity, second only to that of Copenhagen.As merchants benefitted from their shipping routes from Norway to Portugal, many fine buildings were added.
The railway reached Aalborg in 1869 and the town became the country’s main producer of tobacco products and spirits, followed in the 1890s by fertilisers and cement.
Despite its industrial background and the factories along its waterfront, the city has gained popularity for tourism in recent years, offering a wide variety of attractions and historic buildings in addition to its museums, churches and parks.
In 2014, the European Commission said that the city that most satisfied its residents was Aalborg.
The Old City Hall in Gammeltorv (Old Square) was Aalbrog’s city hall from 1762 to 1912.
|Look:||Northeast ↗||Far:||24 m (79 feet)|
|AKA:||Aalborg Town Hall, Aalborg Rådhus||Wik:|
Budolfi Church (St Budolfi Church, Budolfi Kirke, Budolfi Domkirke) is the Lutheran cathedral church for Aalborg. Founded by 1132, the current gothic structure was built before 1399, and the tower was replaced in 1779.
|Look:||East →||Far:||30 m (110 feet)|
|AKA:||St Budolfi Church, Budolfi Kirke, Budolfi Domkirke||Wik:|
|Far:||40 m (130 feet)|
Musikkens Hus (House of Music, Music House), opened in 2014, is a concert hall for the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Academy of Music.
|Addr:||Musikkens Pl. 1,|
|Look:||South-southeast ↓||Far:||110 m (360 feet)|
|AKA:||House of Music, Music House||Wik:|
|Look:||Northwest ↖||Far:||19 m (62 feet)|
Jens Bang’s House (Jens Bang’s Stenhus) on Østerågade in Nytorv square is considered the finest privately owned Renaissance building in the country. Jens Bang was one of Denmark’s richest citizens and his five-storey house, built in 1624, features gables, gargoyles and a sculpture of Bang’s face with his tongue sticking out.
|Look:||West-northwest ←||Far:||21 m (69 feet)|
|AKA:||Jens Bang’s Stenhus||Wik:|
Toldbod Plads Springvandet (Customs House Square Fountain) is Denmark’s first musical fountain, installed in 2007 outside the The Royal Customs House. Water dances to Händel’s Water Music at 3pm, 6pm and 9pm.
|Look:||North ↑||Far:||19 m (62 feet)|
|AKA:||Customs House Square Fountain|
John Bull Pub is a classic English pub boasting North Jutland’s largest selection of Danish and international beer brands.
|Look:||East-southeast →||Far:||20 m (66 feet)|
The Utzon Center (Aalborg Centrum), opened in 2008, was designed by Aalborg native Jørn Utzon, designer of the Sydney Opera House, one of the most famous and distinctive buildings of the 20th century.
|Look:||South-southwest ↓||Far:||40 m (120 feet)|
Aalborg Stadsarkiv (Aalborg City Archive, Aalborg House) holds the city’s archives and Denmark’s largest local photo collection, with over six million photos.
|Look:||Southwest ↙||Far:||30 m (110 feet)|
|AKA:||Aalborg City Archive, Aalborg House|
|Far:||22 m (72 feet)|
|Far:||28 m (92 feet)|
Aalborghus (Aalborghus Slot, Schloss Aalborghus, Aalborg Castle) is a half-timbered castle built from 1539 as a fortification and used as a royal residence.
A castle dating from 1340 was demolished in 1539 and replaced by King Christian III, which is the current east wing. The north wing was added by Christian IV in 1633 and used as a granary for the storage of food supplies such as corn. The west wing was built later, holding other supplies such as meats and fish, and the south wing was added between 1808 and 1809.
|Look:||North-northwest ↑||Far:||16 m (52 feet)|
|AKA:||Aalborghus Slot, Schloss Aalborghus, Aalborg Castle||Wik:|
|Far:||30 m (100 feet)|
Haandværkerhuset (House of Crafts) is a half-timbered farmhouse from around 1630. This was part of a large farm owned by Oluf Christensen, built close to the harbor for transportation.
|Look:||Southeast ↘||Far:||10 m (33 feet)|
|AKA:||House of Crafts|
Hospital of the Holy Ghost (Helligåndsklostret i Aalborg, Aalborg Monastery, Aalborg Kloster) is one of Denmark’s best preserved medieval structures. Founded as a hospital in 1431, it is the oldest social institution in Denmark and the buildings, dating from 1434, are the oldest in north Jutland. The “House of the Holy Ghost” was a charitable religious institution for the care of the sick, old and poor.
|Look:||West ←||Far:||28 m (92 feet)|
|AKA:||Helligåndsklostret i Aalborg, Aalborg Monastery, Aalborg Kloster||Wik:|
|Look:||North-northeast ↑||Far:||22 m (72 feet)|
|AKA:||Heiliggeistkloster, Aalborg Kloster|
Aalborg Station is the main railway station of Aalborg. The 1902 building was designed by the Danish architect Thomas Arboe.
|Addr:||John F. Kennedys Pl. 3,|
|Look:||West-southwest ←||Far:||70 m (220 feet)|
Vestre Landsret Aalborg (High Court for Aalborg) is a criminal courthouse housed in a magnificent building on Gabels Torv (Gabels Square).
|Look:||North ↑||Far:||24 m (79 feet)|
Jomfru Ane Gade (Virgin Anne’s Street) is possibly Denmark’s most famous street. Said to be Denmark’s longest continuous stretch of restaurants and bars, the street dates to at least 1568 when it was named apparently for local nun Ane Viffert. The half-timbered buildings belonged to wealthy merchants.
|Addr:||Jomfru Ane Gade,|
|Look:||North ↑||Far:||25 m (82 feet)|
|AKA:||Virgin Anne’s Street||Wik:|
Aalborg Teater (Aalborg Theater) is Aalborg’s main theater. Built in 1878, it has three stages.
|Look:||East →||Far:||20 m (66 feet)|
Abbey of Our Lady (Vor Frue Kirke, Church of Our Lady) is an 1876 church on the site of an early Benedictine monastery.
|Addr:||Vor Frue Pl. 1,|
|Look:||North-northeast ↑||Far:||40 m (140 feet)|
|AKA:||Vor Frue Kirke, Church of Our Lady||Wik:|
T-Rex is coming for you.
|Look:||East →||Far:||0 m (0 feet)|
Det Gode Kup (Bjørnemanden, The Good Man) is a statue by CJ Bonnesen in 1925 of a man carrying two bear cubs at the entrance to Aalborg Zoo.
|Look:||Southwest ↙||Far:||13 m (43 feet)|
|AKA:||Bjørnemanden, The Good Man|
St. Mark’s Church (Sankt Markus Kirke) makes a picturesque view from Østre Anlæg park.
|Addr:||Teglværks Alle 17,|
|Far:||210 m (690 feet)||AKA:||Sankt Markus Kirke|
Aalborg Akvavit Museum is housed in a 1931 Neoclassical brick building by architect Alf Cock-Clausen. At this location, the Danish distillery Aalborg used to make its renowned akvavit (a Scandinavian flavoured spirit), distilled with amber. Production was moved to Norway in 2015.
|Addr:||C. A. Olesens Gade 1,|
|Look:||West-northwest ←||Far:||23 m (75 feet)|
Lindholm Høje (Lindholm Hills) is a major Viking burial site and former settlement overlooking Aalborg to the north. The southern (lower) section dates to 1000 – 1050 AD, the Viking Age, while the northern (higher) part is from the 5th century AD, in the Nordic Iron Age. There is a museum nearby, opened in 1992.
|What:||Viking burial site||When:||Morning|
|Look:||North ↑||Far:||40 m (130 feet)|
Aalborg Søfarts og Marinemuseum (Springeren Maritimt Oplevelsescenter, Springeren Maritime Experience Centre) is a marine museum on Aalborg’s wharf.
|Addr:||Vestre Fjordvej 81,|
|Look:||South-southwest ↓||Far:||29 m (95 feet)|
|AKA:||Springeren Maritimt Oplevelsescenter, Springeren Maritime Experience Centre||Wik:|
Aalborgtårnet (Aalborg Tower) is a 55 metre tall observation tower with a restaurant at the top. Built in 1993 of lattice steel, the tower was remade in 2005.
|Addr:||Søndre Skovvej 30,|
|Look:||Northwest ↖||Far:||29 m (95 feet)|
Defence and Garrison Museum (Aalborg Forsvars- og Garnisonsmuseum) is a military museum in a seaplane hangar, built by German occupation forces during WWII.
|Look:||Northeast ↗||Far:||23 m (75 feet)|
|AKA:||Aalborg Forsvars- og Garnisonsmuseum||Wik:|
Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg was built between 1968-72 by Finnish architects Elissa and Alvar Aalto and Danish architect Jean-Jacques Baruël. The ziggurat-style building is accompanied by a sculpture garden.
|Addr:||Kong Christians Alle 50,|
|Look:||Southeast ↘||Far:||50 m (170 feet)|
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