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This week's Alternative Copenhagen Tours:

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Espresso House, Bernstorffsgade
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The Alternative Copenhagen Tour starts at Espresso House, just outside of Central Station, opposite Tivoli Gardens. Just look for the team in red SANDEMANs NEW Europe T-shirts!
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On this 2.5-hour* tour we cover:

  • Overview of the Free State of Christiania
  • Über-hip district of Vesterbro
  • Meat-packing district (Kødbyen)
  • The Red-Light district 
  • The Green-Light district
  • Mikkeller gypsy brewery 
  • Det skarpe Hjørne - Copenhagen’s hard drug nerve
  • Mariakirken
  • Mændenes hjem homeless shelter 
  • The New Theatre (Det ny teater)
  • Eliaskirken
  • Absalonsgade museum street
  • The Royal shooting range  

...and much more!

Outside of the centre and away from the mainstream attractions you’ll find a very different Copenhagen: across the water to the East lies the self-declared Free State of Christiania, and just south of the central train station the uber-hip district of Vesterbro.

This 2.5-hour tour is a story of two distinct neighbourhoods, one known for its green-light district, the other for its red-light district, each with a fascinating history bound together by their vibrant diversity and uncompromising counter-culture.

Despite international fame, both places retain an edgy sense of freedom, creativity, and grittiness you won’t find in the downtown core. On this tour, we’ll take you through Vesterbro, once the historic working-class district, and now an eclectic mix of young artists and entrepreneurs, sex workers and drug addicts.

From there, we’ll make our way down to Christiana. As tour groups aren’t permitted in the Free State, we’ll give you a detailed overview of what makes this area significant, before leaving you to explore it for yourself at the end of the tour.

This tour is an amazing tale of Copenhagen’s underground scene, and the people who make it incredible. This is more than just a story of hipsters and down-and-outs; this is a tale of a totally different world questioning the social, political and cultural status quo.

 

*Average tour length. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories below and lasts about 2.5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!

CVR Number: 33868626. Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.

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