“But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.” ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid
If you’re looking for something different to do and something that will engage, entertain and even educate the kids, take a walking tour of Copenhagen with Hans Christian Andersen.
American Richard Karpen decked out in top hat and traditional long coat, guides you through the Old City in full character channeling Denmark’s beloved fairy tale author.
Along the way “Hans” introduces you to Danish life and customs, pointing out architectural highlights all while bringing to life some of his most famous and beloved tales.
“Hans” is enchanting, simply enchanting. His tales of history and of life in Copenhagen in the days of the real Hans Christian Andersen cast a magic spell over his clients (young and old) who tail along like little ducklings eager to hear more.
A familiar sight on the streets of Copenhagen, no one takes a second look at “Hans” as he winds his way through the streets and through Denmark’s history. Walking along side him, the day’s hustle and bustle melt away as you’re transported back to the 1800’s.
I’m not kidding, “Hans” never breaks character! The kids and you will truly believe you’re spending 90-minutes with the man who wrote “The Little Mermaid”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and so many more classic tales.
My kids were so enthralled with the tour that once it was over, they demanded we go straight to the nearest bookstore so they could buy the complete works of Hans Christian Andersen!
When was the last time a tour-guide inspired your kids like that??!!
Been there/Done that
The walking tours meet inside the Tourist Information Office daily at 10:30 AM from mid-May to mid-September. “Hans” is easy to spot ‘cuz he’ll be decked out in his top hat and long coat. All tours are in English and last 90-minutes. “Hans” gets it – he will stop for breaks, snacks or nature calls as often as you want or need. He’s a real crowd pleaser.
The Tourist Information Office is located near the intersection of Bernstorffsgade and Vesterbrogade streets, near the Main Train Station and next to the Tivoli Gardens. The ticket price for the walking tours is 75 Danish Kroner (12 US dollars/10 euros).
Don’t forget to bring your camera, wear comfortable shoes and carry a sweater/light jacket even in the hottest months, Copenhagen’s weather can be cool.
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