DENMARK: Copenhagen - Aarhus
August 9 to 19, 2017
7 participants maximum
Denmark is a very interesting country, considered to have one of the World's happiest inhabitants. You can feel it when you visit. People can be a bit reserved but they are nonetheless warm and helpful. There a serine atmosphere in the cities; people going back and forth on their bicycles; no cars using their horns; a bus and metro system clean and efficient; a city that is safe and where you can walk late at night without fears.
University students receive a monthly stipend so they don't have to work all the time at menial jobs and can concentrate on their studies, although kids are asked to work at an early age for experience and pocket money. Health care is very good and free.
Copenhagen is the first Carbon Neutral capital of the World. You can swim all year long in the port of Copenhagen, during the winters it may be for special people, but the water is impressively clean. They have plenty of green roofs. They make 25% of their electricity with the wind.
It is a great country to visit and there is always something happening to entertain us. The only "inconvenience." it is a very expensive country.
watch this NY Times video about Copenhagen: https://nyti.ms/2jTfKnn
Day 1: August 9: Wednesday: You would fly to Copenhagen. (Airfare not included)
Day 2: August 10: Thursday: You will be picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel. Depending at what time you arrive you will probably have time to wander around a bit before we will have dinner1 together.
- On the 10th, 11th, 12th three is the Copenhagen Jazz Festival one of the largest in the Europe. It happens in the streets, on squares, in concert halls and jazz club. There an app to that: Copenhagen Jazz Festival
- ear-jangling, pulse-raising electronic music, check out the Strøm Festival. Established in 2007, the festival is hosted at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues around the city, where galvanizing sonic splendor will reverberate for seven days at over 60 events.
There are also a dance festival by the Royal Ballet.
Day 3: August 11: Friday: We will have a tour of some of the main sights of Copenhagen: Copenhagen Town Hall -
- The Danish Royal Palace, and the history of the World's oldest Royal Family. We will learn about the history of Denmark, a colorful one, with characters like Absalon, the Warrior Bishop who in the 12th Century was the foremost politician and church father of Denmark.
- We will learn also about WWII and the Nazi Occupation and the Danish Resistance
- Our walk, by many beautiful buildings, will bring us to the center of the city where a series of squares, Nytorv, Gammeltorv, Kongens Nytorv and avenues closed to vehicular traffic created a pleasant shopping mile (the street is often credited as the oldest and longest pedestrian street in the world which is not true, although it was the longest pedestrian street at the time of its conversion in 1962, but Rue Sainte-Catherine in Bordeaux is longer, while Lijnbaan in Rotterdam was pedestrianized in 1953). Our walk is still filled with historical monuments and buildings, bringing us to many more: the Danish Parliament, the Royal National Theatre. We will stop for coffee, and we will have lunch 1.
This evening we will go to the Tivoli Gardens, exploring the third oldest amusement park in the World. It is in the center of the city and accessible to all for a small fee. Dinner on your own.
Day 4: August 12: Saturday: There two extraordinary museums North of Copenhagen:
Ordrupgaard Museum houses French Impressionist art and Danish art from the Golden Age with an exquisite collection of paintings by artists such as Monet, Gauguin and Hammershøi. In 2005, Zaha Hadid designed an extension to the building, which is worth the a visit. But next to the museum, there is the house of Finn Juhl , a Danish architect, interior and industrial designer, most known for his furniture design. He was one of the leading figures in the creation of "Danish design" in the 1940s and he was the designer who introduced Danish Modern to America. We will have lunch2 there and then will go to the
Louisiana Museum of Art a leading international museum of modern art. Located on the coast, where you can see Sweden, it strikes that rarest of balances between landscape, architecture, and art. The name comes from the owner of the original house built in 1855 who had three wives all called Louise. The collection is really extraordinary as well as the setting. It will a relaxing visit ending with dinner2 in the gardens of the museum.
Day 5: August 13: Sunday:
There are several interesting museums in Copenhagen, like the Ny Calsberg Glyptotek, built around the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries. the focal point of the museum is antique sculpture from the ancient cultures around the Mediterranean including Egypt, Rome and Greece, as well as more modern sculptures such as a collection of Rodin works which is considered the most important outside France. The museum is equally noted for its collection of painting that includes an extensive collection of French impressionists and Post-impressionists as well as Danish Golden Age paintings.
There also the Design Museum with an extensive collection of decorative objects, fabrics and furniture and design and craft of the 20th Century.
From there we could go on a water bus to go look at some interesting new buildings like the Opera House by the Royal Concert Hall by Jean Nouvel, the Royal Play House and a bit latter the Black Diamond (the Royal Library). Lunch3 will be in a great place on the docks, It is kind of funky but there is good food, plenty of good beer and even wine. It is very popular with the locals.
Dinner on your own.
Day 6: August 14: Monday:
This will be our Alternative Copenhagen Tour that take us outside of the center and away from the mainstream attractions to find a very different Copenhagen. Beyond the hipsters and gelato stands, there’s and amazing tale to tell about Copenhagen underground scene and people who have made it what it is today. Including:
• The Free State of Christiania: Christiania, also known as Freetown Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood of about 850 residents, covering 84 acres in the borough of Christianshavn. It was temporarily closed by residents in April 2011 while discussions continued with the Danish government about its future, but then re-opened to the public. Christiania has been a source of controversy since its creation in a squatted military area in 1971. When visiting you cannot take pictures.
• The Meatpacking District used to be home to Copenhagen’s meat industry businesses and still consists of three separate areas, referred to as the White, Grey and Brown "Meat City" for the dominant color of their buildings. In recent years, it has changed into a new creative cluster with a trendy nightlife and a broad range of high quality restaurants. Viktoriagade to see where to come back later for a drink at Mikkeller the gypsy brewery, one the first micro brewery in Europe that made it into the Top 5 beers in the world. There are all a lot of art galleries in the meat packing district.
Out on the main road, Vesterbrogade, you will get to see the New Theater (Det Ny Teater). Along the way we will enter some interesting churches, either for their architecture or their importance in the history of the city: Mariakirken, Eliaskirken.
The Royal shooting range: When driving along Istedgade or Vesterbrogade, you’ll will discover endless rows of buildings with little green space. The Vesterbro neighborhood is highly densely populated. Hidden away between the streets, there plenty of parks and gardens. The Shooting Range Garden is the largest and most popular of them. The actual Shooting Range Wall was set up in 1887 to protect Istedgade residents from stray bullets when high-society types used the area as a shooting range.
The garden was originally linked with the building that now houses the Museum of Copenhagen, which is really worth a visit The Museum of Copenhagen introduces the visitor to the city's history, past and present. After we will walk along the Museum Street, Absalonsgade, which got its name due to its many historical attractions, like old lamp posts, hydrants and very interesting and uncommon buildings with some very attractive design motifs.
We will stop for espresso and we will have lunch4 during the visit.
For those inclined to do so, will go with me to a fantastic aquarium, the largest in Northern Europe. It is really something to and the building is really impressive. It is nicknamed the Blue Planet and was designed by Danish architects 3XN.
You could go for dinner on your own the Picturesque Nyhavnharbour neighborhood.
Day 7: August 15: Tuesday: We will drive to second largest city in Denmark, Aarhus, known as the happiest city in the World.
It has been named European Capital Cultural of Culture for 2107, which means that many happenings will be part of the agenda while we are there. Lunch5.
I suggest that you read this article from the Guardian, one of the best British Newspaper: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/feb/04/aarhus-denmark-capital-of-culture-city-guide-hotels-bars-restaurants
Day 8: August 16: Wednesday:
Visiting the town for the next three days, getting in on all sorts of cultural events, from art shows to concerts and learning about its history, development and why it is also considered as one of the happiest cities in the World.
Day 9: August 17: Thursday:
The Museum of Modern Art, ARoS is another interesting building with a very good art collection. The building is a cube with a crown on top of its terrace. That crown, the Rainbow Panorama is built out of colored glass in every color of the spectrum and provides a 360 degree view of the city through colored glasses.
There an extraordinary piece in the museum: The Boy by Australian artist Ron Mueck. I saw it first at the 2000 Venice Biennale. I go back every two years, and since that year, I have never seen anything that captivating, that impressive and that well done. The Boy is 15 ft tall. It will certainly surprise you.
Kvindemuseet: The Women's Museum
Founded in 1982, the Women's Museum (Kvindemuseet) in Aarhus is an important and unique facility specifically designed to gather and preserve knowledge and information pertaining to the lives of the country's women and their role in society and culture. Highlights of this research-oriented facility include exhibits and displays focusing on historical and topical themes, including women's roles in the workplace, home, and art. The exhibits also explore the changing attitudes of society over the centuries.
Day 10: August 18: Friday:
Aarhus City Hall: In the south side of busy Rådhus Plads stands the City Hall (Rådhus), built in 1941 to plans by architects Arne Jacobsen and Erik Moller and one of the few such municipal buildings ever built in Denmark. Faced with Norwegian marble, the highlight of the building is its stunning 60-meter-high tower with fine views of the city and bay. Interior tours include a visit to the Civic Hall, the Council Chamber, and the Marriage Room, each beautifully designed and edged in sumptuous wood trim and accents. Also of note is the nearby Pig Fountain, or Grisebronden (it's nicer looking than it sounds), and at the foot of the City Hall tower is a lovely fountain called Agnes and the Water Carrier.
The Old Town (Den Gamle By) is an open-air museum consisting of more than 75 historic buildings collected from across Denmark, dismantled, and reassembled in Aarhus for preservation. Dating from the 16th to the early 20th century, this remarkable collection has been assembled as if it really was an authentic old town, an effect enhanced by the superb old houses, shops, workshops, and windmills. Highlights include the old Burgomaster's house from 1597, home to a fine collection of furniture; as well as a merchant's house; a stilt-house; a two-storied stone house; and a storehouse. The largest building is the majestic Coin Master's Mansion, a newer "old" addition erected on the site in 2009. A toy museum, textile museum, and historical musical collection are also worth seeing as is the bicycle museum; apothecary's shop (complete with healing herbs); and the workshops once belonging to candle makers, coopers, and shoemakers. The museum also holds special exhibitions of historical costumes. Five restaurants and cafés are located on site, some serving traditional hearty foods.
We will drive to Copenhagen for the night, because many people will have an early flight.
Tonight we will have our "au revoir" dinner-4 together in Copenhagen.
Day 11: August 19: Saturday: You will driven to the Copenhagen Airport.
August 8 to 19, 2017
Minimum of 5 participants and
a Maximum of 7
7 nights in Copenhagen - 3 nights in Aarhus
9 Breakfasts - 5 Lunches - 3 Dinners
Transportation to sites - Entry fees to sites
A few books and maps - Tax - Gratuity
Pick-up at Copenhagen Airport and Drop-off at Aarhus Airport
$5125 Per Person Double Occupancy
$5915 Per Person Single Occupancy