In the poets footsteps - Hans Christian Andersen - Private tour

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City, Museums / Culture, Youth and Family, Other


Kid Friendly: Yes. All children knows - or should know - Hans Christian and his fairytales. His own story is remarkably like a fairytale it self - and well suited for kids aged +6.

Friendly: Yes.
Copenhagen is generally pretty friendly to people with disabilities. This tour does pass some old crooked sidewalks and cobble stone streets, but it should be possible for most to follow the scheduled route.
Let me know if there is anything I should take into consideration before the tour.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), Danish (fluent), German (basic), Norwegian (basic), Swedish (advanced)

A walking tour through the life and works of Denmarks greatest author - and the dusty streets of 19th century Copenhagen.

Take a stroll through the streets of "the most wonderful city in all the world" - according to Andersen.
From the tiny, crowded residence city of the autocratic kingdom in 1819, when the poor teenager first arrived, to the bustling, rapidly expanding capitol of a young democracy of 1875 when he died - famous as he had predicted.
The story is almost too much like a fairytale - but of course it must be.
He lived it, and he wrote it. Three times.

I have done this tour more than 100 times, and I am still not tired of him.

If you prefer to do this tour by bike, rickshaw or whatever, let me know.


The tour follows in the poets footsteps from he first set foot in Copenhagen on september 6th 1819 till the day he published his first fairytales in 1835. We'll see places he lived (and perhaps get to sit on his bed?), the mansions he freqented and hear about his struggle to fulfill his own prophecy - that he would one day become famous.

Sights we'll pass on this tour include:
The City Hall
The City Court and jail
The Christiansborg palace (house of parliament)
The canals
The old butchers market at Saint Nikolaj square
The central square Kongens Nytorv (King's New square)
The Academy of fine arts
The old harbour area of Nyhavn

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: The tour starts at the City Hall Square, but I can pick you up at your hotel or at the cruise terminal if necessary.

End location: We end the tour at the colourful old harbour area of Nyhavn. From there I can escort you to your hotel, cruise ship etc.

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.

This tour can be done a little faster if needed, but Andersen did live in this city for 56 years and there are a lot of stories to be told about him.


This is a walking tour - with plenty of places to rest your weary feet along the way.

What’s Included

Other: 3 hours of one of the best stories Copenhagen has to offer.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

100 danish kroner (dkk) - If you need refreshments during the tour, such can be purchaged cheaply several places along the route.

What’s Extra

Other: Refreshments during the tour is at your own expense, but I will be glad to help you find the best coffee (at a discount) along the way.


I do not drive or arrange tours by car.

Private tour guide Mads Kristian

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