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!
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.