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 200 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 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 Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: By the statue of Hans Christian Andersen next to the City Hall.
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
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.
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.
I do not drive and only on rare occations do I arrange tours by car or bus.
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Mads was exceptionally forthcoming, even though our group had several requests for sites not ordinary included in the itinerary. Highly recommended!