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Private tour guide Paul

Paul H.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Descendant of Viking skjalds Jewish tradesmen - and a good many Danish people, I am an historian, tour guide and teacher of guides, and teller of my city's tales.

And those tales reach from the reeds growing on the marshy shore before the city got its name, to the latest architectural marvels and misses along the harbor. - From renaissance astronomer Tycho Brahe New Star, to Niels Bohrs theory on the structure of the atom. - From the best side street shopping to Smørrebrød and beer enjoyed at the correct temperature in the proper atmosphere.

I could go on. After all I've been doing this all my life. I always wanted to tell stories, and so I became an historian, acquiring a varied teaching background. In 2001 I became a tour leader for Danish cultural travelers in Mexico and South America, through Albatros Travel. Thus I have a good feeling for how it is to travel in a group, and that tourists come in all shapes. I've seen guides working in about twenty cities, I've learned a lot of tricks, plus picked up some examples of what doesn't work so well.

(One time I got my group out of the canoes from the Usumacinta River, up the brink to the dirt street border town of Bethel Guatemala, to find that our transport had gone. . . but I shouldn't digress. . . )

In 2006 I qualified as an authorised guide in Copenhagen, working in English and Spanish. The last ten years I've even been teaching Danish History and Danish Society at the tourist guide education at Roskilde University (my colleague Una, Poul Erik, Sofie and Eva - also on Toursbylocals - was educated there).

The skies over Copenhagen may be blue or cloudy, but the city always opens up if you tell its stories. Pass by Slotsholms Canal with the burghers houses in pastel colors on one side. On a capstone above one basement door is a sandstone frelief of a broom boyu dancing on the waves. That opens up a story of a merchant family in that gabled townhouse in the mid 18th century, an age where fortunes were made at sea - but lives also were lost. The sea is present in the old city, by way of the quiet canals. The next building belonged to the royal pastry baker. Dated 1748, it's one of the first in Copenhagen in the French rococco style. The baker did not have to go to sea to become a rich man. But he did have to keep abreast of fashion.

Pastry and Seafaring aside, I've got the stories in my blood and the city under my skin.

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A Recent Review of this guide

Although we had been to Copenhagen before, we learned much more about it from the tour with Paul. He is very knowledgeable about the city and is flexible as to what you want to do and see. It was a very enjoyable day and I would certainly recommend Paul to anyone visiting Copenhagen.
Tim Santana

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Credentials

History MA
Geographer
Authorised Tourist Guide
Qualified School Teacher

Restrictions

1) I don't join groups for shared costs, to avoid mismatches.

2) Please inform arrival pier, if you come by cruise. Langelinje is central. Ocean Pier is further from the centre.

3) Only exeptionally, I can take groups by car.

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Private tour guide Paul

Copenhagen Private Walking Tour

Discover historic Copenhagen by foot with private guide

503 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

5 hours

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Central Copenhagen Walking Private Tour

The essential sites of central Copenhagen in a short walk with a local,...

436 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours 30 min.

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Active Copenhagen - by bike and boat,...

A fast-paced Copenhagen adventure with well earned rests.

538 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

5 hours

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Jewish Copenhagen - Private Tour

A walking tour of Copenhagen's Jewish History, and World War II with,...

531 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

5 hours

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Scientific Copenhagen - Private tour

Spend your time in Copenhagen in the company of genius.

405 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours 30 min.

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The social and political briefing - private,...

out and about and in-depth with the welfare state with private guide

509 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

5 hours

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A viking journey - private tour

 unrated

Tour over 2 days or during 1 long day

832 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

9 hours

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Denmark: The Old Country - Private tour

 unrated

Handcrafted family history tours - ONLY Customised

44 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

30 min.

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