Copenhagen audio tour: Royal Copenhagen: A walk from the King’s Square to the Queen’s House

Royal Copenhagen: A walk from the King’s Square to the Queen’s House

Walking Tour

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90 mins
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1.2mi

About the Tour

Discover how Copenhagen transcended its medieval past to become a great power, on a walking tour between two famous city sites. Our walk starts at Kongens Nytorv, the King’s New Square and ends at Amalienborg, home of the Danish royal family. Along the way, you’ll hear stories of the triumphs and disasters that have enriched the city. I’ll share some of the dramatic tales that helped shape Copenhagen, including the catastrophic fire of 1795, the deadly bombardment of 1807, and the secret tunnel built to rescue a king. Copenhagen’s history is one of constant threat of attack by rivals – and, at one point, a plague of rats!

Highlights include:

Charlottenborg palace, with its restrained baroque aesthetic
Amalienborg palace’s resplendent grandeur
The glittering dome of the Marble Church, the largest dome in Scandinavia
Thott and Erichsen mansions
Copenhagen’s modern playhouse and opera house, with their bold design
The peaceful tranquillity of the Amalie Garden, where the turmoil and change of the past hide beneath its colourful foliage

During the course of this walk, you’ll also hear stories of important characters from the city’s past. There’s the queen who rallied a frightened people and made them heroes in a time of war, the builder king who transformed Denmark, and the king who rode on horseback with his people and defied Nazi occupiers. And let’s not forget the drunken king who let the arts flourish, and the mad king who was confined to his glittering palace.

All along our route, take in the majesty of the city’s architecture and the colourful jollity of Nyhavn’s famous harbourfront buildings, revealing clues of times gone by on their walls.

Music and sound effects help bring the past to life during this walking tour, and much of the walk takes place on traffic-free routes.

Tour Producer

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James Cowan

Mine is a tale of two cities: my one-time home city of Cardiff, Capital of Wales, and my new home, Copenhagen, Capital of Denmark.

I grew up with Cardiff on my doorstep and lived there most of my adult life. Discovering its incredible but still largely unknown history became an ever growing passion. This led me to develop walking tours telling people the history, legends and ghost stories of Cardiff and Wales – tales of Kings, Princes, and a one-time tiny town on the Taff that overnight become the world’s biggest coal port, from which emerged the grand domes, towers and columns of its beautiful civic centre….and all the time, in its woodlands and castles lurk ancient legends and tales of ghosts!

I am delighted that, thanks to Voicemap, I have been able to convert some of these tours into self guided audio tours.

Since 2019 I have had a new home, Copenhagen, and I have fallen in love with this city. Discovering its history, its character, and its characters past and present, has been an all-consuming pleasure, always full of surprises. I am delighted to offer my first Copenhagen tour, which has been a labour of love to research and develop.

Whether you are in Cardiff or Copenhagen, I hope I can help you see these cities in a new and different light, and eager for more!

Major Landmarks

  • Kongens Nytorv

  • Charlottenborg

  • The Royal Danish Theatre

  • Magazin du Nord

  • Hotel d'Angleterre

  • The Thott Mansion

  • Nyhavn

  • Ofeliaplads

  • Amaliehaven

  • Amalienborg Palace

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts at Kongens Nytorv, the large square in central Copenhagen, which lies adjacent to the world famous Nyhavn harbour. Kongens Nytorv is a major hub of the Copenhagen metro and when you exit the metro you are right in the square. Make your way, using one of the many pedestrian crossings, to the large pedestrianised area in the centre of the square. You will see that there is an enclosed garden in the centre, with a statue of a man on horseback, walk around the outside of this garden, stayng close to its railings until you reach the side of the square nearest to Nyhavn, and near to the large grand dark brown brick building.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Charlottenborg art gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 12pm-8pm (11am-5pm at weekends). There is an admission charge, except after 5pm on Wednesdays when admission is free. Covid-19 restrictions apply. Further information can be found here: https://kunsthalcharlottenborg.dk/en/visit/

Although it has a reputation for being "touristy" Nyhavn is a fun place to take a break half way along the tour route and have a snack or a drink in one of its outdoor cafes, while soaking in the atmosphere. Alternatively, you can bring your own snack or drink with you and simply find a place to sit along the harbour wall and have a break. It is perfectly legal and acceptable to drink alcohol in public in Denmark (within reason of course).

The National Playhouse Theatre on the waterfront also has a cafe with seating outdoors on the waterfront.

On the second half of the route, as you walk towards Amalienborg, there are fewer venues for refreshments, although at weekends there are often vans and portable kiosks selling refreshments along the waterfront.

Amalienborg Palace Museum is currently (July 2021) only open on weekends. There is an admission charge, and covid-19 restrictions apply. Further information can be found here https://www.kongernessamling.dk/en/amalienborg/plan-your-visit-amalienborg/#Admission

Best time of day

The route is always open to the public and can be done at any time. The route is usually quieter before midday, but during weekdays Kongens Nytorv tends to be busier with road traffic throughout the day. This will not interrupt your walk, as you on the pedestrianised area for the entire time spent in the square. However, the noise from the traffic might at times diminish the atmosphere of the historical stories. Kongens Nytorv is much quieter traffic wise at weekends.

Nyhavn is quieter in the mornings, but even when it gets busier in the afternoons and evenings, it is still easy to navigate on foot.

The waterfront route can also get busier with pedestrians in the afternoons, especially during good weather at weekends but, again, even when it is busy it is still easy to navigate on foot.

Precautions

Comfortable flat-soled footwear is recommended, as parts of the route consist of cobblestones.

Copenhagen is by and large a very safe city. However, normal precautions should be taken to look after belongings, especially in popular tourist areas such as Nyhavn.

In hot weather Kongens Nytorv can become a bit of a sun-trap because of its openness, so protective covering and sun cream are recommended.

The weather in Denmark can be notoriously unpredictable and changeable, so it is a good idea to check the forecast beforehand and take layers of clothing which can be added/removed if needed, as well as a jacket and/or umbrella.

The large square in Amalienborg is not exclusively pedestrianised but has very little vehicle traffic. Vehicles do from time to time pass through, driving slowly, so remain vigilant while in the square.

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