Danish design and architecture

Design walk tour

For years’ Danish designers lived in the shadows of modern masters like Arne Jacobsen and Hans J. Wegner. Today this has radically changed, and the design scene is again flourishing. The tour will take you through the beautiful neighborhood of the old city and you will be shown the best of classic and contemporary Danish design, from teapots and chairs to hotels and cafés. The tour starts with the world’s first design hotel The Royal Radisson. Further you will move on, showing among other things such as bicycle design at Sögreni, the expressive chairs of Finn Juhl and the classic and poetic paper lamps of Le Klint as well as the eclectic postmodern universe of The Royal Café. The exact content of the tour might differ slightly from tour to tour.

Architectural walk tour

On the architectural walk, you will see the great buildings of both old and new masters, while walking through the most interesting and beautiful parts of Copenhagen. You will be shown the powerful Royal Library, also known as the Black Diamond. On the way to the historic neighborhood of Christianshavn, you will have a look at the New Opera House as well as the iconic functionalistic Knippelsbro from 1935 and the smooth corporate head quarter of Nordea, designed by Henning Larsen. The tour ends near Christiania and The Danish Center for Architecture; both very interesting attractions each in their own way. The tour is not only for architecture aficionados, but also a very nice way of experiencing Copenhagen and getting a geographic and historic overview of the urban transformations of the city.

Guided Tours at The Opera House

The Copenhagen Opera House, Operaen, is a unique building designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen with commissioned artworks by Danish artists such as Per Arnoldi and Per Kirkeby. All levels of the marble-clad foyer offer sweeping views of Renaissance Copenhagen and the city harbour. A restaurant with roof terrace is situated on the top floor offering a panoramic view of the royal palace, Amalienborg, and the adjacent domed Marble Church. Experience the extensive backstage facilities consisting of five mobile stage units as well as a small experimental stage, Takkelloftet, in addition to the auditorium and the rehearsal and training rooms for the ballet and the opera. Please note that all tours vary according to what is available on the day and a visit to the auditorium is not guaranteed; it is never possible to attend stage rehearsals. Remember that you are visiting a working theatre and plans may change at short notice.

Architecture tour by bike

On this tour, you ride the cool STRiDA design bikes, that folds and makes an eye-candy urban bike – and a great ride! Focusing on architecture and recent urban development, this tour is a great introduction to how Copenhagen works and feels for the citizens of the world’s most livable city! Take a look through the eyes of an architect at the transformation from withering industries to hip neighborhoods, cultural areas and fancy commercial districts. During the tour, you can expect stories behind building designs, public spaces and the general unfolding of urban life. This tour is very suitable as an introduction to the urban Copenhagen, and of course for architects or architecturally interested guests or locals alike.

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