The distance to Copenhagen is 412 kilometres (256 mi). Aalborg's position at the narrowest point on the Limfjord made it an important harbour during the Middle Ages, and later a large industrial centre.
Architecturally, the city is known for its half-timbered mansions built by its prosperous merchants.
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Trænregimentet, the Danish regiment for army supply and emergency medical personnel, is also in Aalborg.
Aalborg University Hospital, the largest in the north of Jutland, was founded in 1881.
Budolfi Church, now a cathedral, dates from the end of the 14th century and Aalborghus Castle, a royal residence, was built in 1550.
Today, Aalborg is a city in transition from a working-class industrial area to a knowledge-based community.
The population grew in parallel with the development of many fine buildings in the city as merchants benefitted from their shipping routes from Norway to Portugal.