Risskov is one of the most affluent areas in Denmark, and a district to the city of Aarhus. The name literally means The Forest of Riis, as described on the memorial stone placed on the corner of Grenåvej and Vestre Skovvej at the entry to the small forest situated north of Aarhus.
Among the local population, public transportation is primarily via buses, and secondarily by way of trains. For bus transport, bus number 6 and bus number 16 are the primary bus lines. Number 6 travels from the center of Århus through Risskov Forest and along the coastline on Nordre Strandvej to Åkrogen, number 16 follows a route slightly more inland, passing by Runddelen and Risskov Skole
before crossing the train tracks on Vestre Strandallé and joining up with route 6 on Nordre Standvej, close to Bellevue beach.
The more peripheral buses number 53, 56, 58, and 119 run on Grenåvej, along the edge of Risskov, and primarily service the population of Egå and Lystrup, two lesser suburbs in the vicinity.
Sights in and around Risskov
Notable sights in Risskov include:
- Risskov forest is the first public forest in Denmark, granted to the Danes by Queen Margareth I
- Bellevue beach
- Åkrogen beach
- Den permanente, outdoor bath
- Nordre Strandvej
The beaches of Risskov provides a decent view of Århus Bugt. On clear days, Samsø and Helgenæs are visible in the horizon.
Famous Malls in Risskov
Travellers going to Risskov frequently visit one or more of the local malls. The "famous three" malls are, in no particular order Veri Centeret
, an outstanding example of late 70's socio-politically involved architecture built in alluring yellowstone, Brobjerg Parken, an early 80's two-story brownstone building which serves the nearby apartment complex of the same name, and opened in 1983 featuring an inviting locally styled traditional Danish pub called Center Bodega, a pet shop, a hairdresser and a branch office of Provinsbanken
. Last but not least, though certainly not located in Risskov per se, Plantorama
has gained support as one of the foremost malls of the region. However, this may primarily be due to the extraordinarily rich selection of amoeba-like decorative stone plants.
Educational institutions in Risskov
Risskov in literature
Risskov has been immortalized in Danish literature in the works of Svend Aage Madsen
and, more recently, in Jens Blendstrup's "Laterna Vagina"
and his lyrics for the musical and poetic album Piksvingeri & negerlege