Lately the media have bombarded us with the history of the Danish coziness … this tour was born to find out the essence of the word hygge and how it has become an essential part in the Danish everyday life through design and habits. You will Visit the permanent exhibition at Danish Museum of Art and Design and some awesome design shops that you would not find otherwise in short time. You will be walking through the cozy streets of Copenhagen and at some point will enjoy a Danish pastry together with a coffee and, to end the tour, a ristet pølse, the typical delicious Danish hotdog. After the tour, you will have no doubt on where to do your quality shopping and on how to create a hygge atmosphere back home.
Exploring Copenhagen through the history of characters who really existed makes us feel between them and gives us the chance to experience the city in an alternative way. This tour not only will introduce you to the art and life of the Danish artist Gerda Wegener and her husband Einar Wegener, later Lili Elbe, but also relive the unique atmosphere of the movie The Danish Girl and know more about the history of LGBT rights in Denmark. Immerse yourself in Tom Hooper’s Copenhagen: in the old harbour Nyhavn and between the orange houses Nyboder, built for the royal navy. Admire the dome of Marmorkirken next to the royal residence Amalienborg and “get lost” in the oldest district of Copenhagen, before snooping in the city market. During this tour we will also have time for talking about Copenhagen as a location in other cinematographic projects and TV series.
Visit Arken Museum of Modern Art, which is situated next to the sea and whose contemporary art collection is one of the greatest in the country. In this zone we will enjoy a typical Danish brunch. The bike ride will give you an idea about the creation of a space dominated by cyclists and about how they coexist harmoniously with pedestrians and cars. Furthermore, you will be able to live the everyday life of a københavner. Cross several bridges of Copenhagen, which have become a fundamental and decorative element in the city. Finally, visit Superkilen, in Nørrebro, ending the tour in one of the most hipster bars at the moment, where we will have a taste of Danish beer.
This tour is dedicated to art and nature. Copenhagen is a city surrounded by art and green spaces thanks to which you can enjoy a cozy and modern environment and breath its clean air. Visit some parks built next to royal or public buildings, and others, that, situated close to the city center, follow the path of the old walls which protected Copenhagen. To continue, pay a call to the Danish section in the permanent exhibition at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Last but not least, have a typical Danish cake and coffee in the museum’s famous Winter Garden, where an unique atmosphere of romance can be felt. This tour is ideal for those who want to combine the knowledge about Danish art with the tranquility of immersing yourself in the nature and enjoying it even in silence.
There are several museums in Copenhagen, but there is a special one. It is hidden behind the vast National Art Gallery, in one of the most beautiful parks of the city. I am talking about the Hirschsprung Collection, which moreover is my favourite museum in Copenhagen. The visit inside will give you the unique chance to experience 19th- and 20th-century Danish art, discovering mainly the Golden Age and the Skagen Painters. Furthermore, you will know about the history of the area that is right next to the old Copenhagen fortification, and you will admire the architecture of the National Art Gallery. You will walk through the Latin Quarter (the Cathedral, the New and the Old Squares and Strøget, among others). And to end the tour with a good taste, I will take you to taste smørrebrød (rye bread open-faced sandwich with different ingredients on the top) in a typical restaurant that hides a curious story.
Stroll around the city center and navigate through some of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales. He was the author of, among others, The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. We will see castles and palaces, canals and parks, and we will end the tour by a candies factory. We will also talk about the Danish educational system and the parent-child relationship. This tour is suitable for all ages, but it is specially recommended for the younger. Those under 18 years old, should be accompanied by an adult.
Duration: 6 hours (4h for the winter version of the tour)
Modality: by foot and by train
Easter and May-August: “Louisiana Museum, Bakken, and Bellevue”
Visit the permanent exhibition at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Reach by train Dyrehavsbakken, the oldest amusement park in the world still in operation. Here we will enter a scenario from the ‘30s-‘40s, the one of Matador Danish tv-show, and we will enjoy a typical lunch there. To follow, we will walk to Klampenborg beach and will admire Bellevue, the functionalist area designed by the famous Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen in the ‘60s.
You will be free to stay and enjoy the beach if the weather is good, after the tour ends.
September-April: “Louisiana Museum, Sauna, and Winter Bath”
Discover and experience one of the Danish traditions: vinterbad, the winter bath. In Denmark many people practice it regularly. It consists of diving in the water for a few seconds/minutes regardless of the temperature, after having spent some time in a sauna. In winter, a hole is made in the frozen lake/sea to be able to practice it. It is the perfect experience if you are looking for something different and want to relax. Later we will have a coffee and a Danish cake to continue exploring the Danish traditions and we will visit the permanent exhibition at Louisiana Museum of Contemporary Art. The price for the winter version of this tour is under construction.
Duration: 3 hours (+3h with the extension to Ørestad)
In this tour you will have the chance to see two islands between the most important for the growth of Copenhagen. We will start the day in Christianshavn, the island built in the 17th century as a commercial harbour and fortress. Here are Our Saviour’s Church, with its spiral tower, and the famous Freetown Christiania founded in 1971. Afterwards, we will have a walk along the community gardens, until we arrive to Amager beach, where we will enjoy an ice cream with a view to the sea. To end the tour, we will know about Wefood, Denmark’s first-ever surplus food supermarket (no entry).
If you wish so, you can continue our biking tour with “Ørestad and the Sustainable Architecture”. We will visit several architectonical projects and we will have lunch in a very special place. If you choose to continue the ice cream break will be held after lunch.
Continue the tour with “Ørestad and Sustainable Architecture”
This tour is an extension for “Christianshavn, Amager and Wefood”. During this visit we will lead to the south of the island of Amager, where the new neighborhood Ørestad is situated. It is famous for its design buildings and the use of sustainable architecture. We will cycle to Amager Natural Park, and we will enjoy a lunch surrounded by nature. Finally, we will cycle back to the center of Copenhagen stopping by very modern architectures.
This tour starts from Rådhuspladsen (Town Hall square). We will visit (depending on the tour’s duration), among others: the neoclassical Cathedral in the Latin Quarter; Rosenborg Castle while having a walk inside the King’s Garden; Amalienborg Royal Residence; the old harbour Nyhavn, well known for its colourful houses; the Stock Exchange in Dutch Renaissance style; Christiansborg palace, where the three state powers are; and the National Library, namely the Black Diamond.
Duration: min. 4 hours, max. 9 hours
Modality: by foot and public/private transport
Castles In this tour we will head towards the “royal” north and we will visit Sjællands’ Castles. Frederiksborg, in Hillerød, whose history dates back to the end of 1500, when King Fredrik 2^ decided to build a summer residence outside the city of Copenhagen. And Kronborg, well known as “Hamlet Castle, which faces Øresund strait (Baltic Sea), being only four kilometers away from Sweden.
Dragør In this tour you will be introduced to the fishermen’s town Dragør, situated in the south of the island Amager. We will go back in time and you will really feel like you have been entered a fairy tale, strolling around the cobbled streets and low houses with thatched roof. Furthermore, we will take a picture of Øresund’s bridge from a breathtaking glimpse.
Roskilde In this tour we will discover the old Danish capital, Roskilde. We will visit the beautiful historical centre; the Cathedral, Unesco heritage; and the Viking Ship Museum.
Malmö In this tour we will cross the cable-stayed bridge, Øresund Bridge, and we will reach Malmö. Here, we will visit the historical centre and also the modern harbour area, where, among others, Turning Torso stands, a building designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
A Spasso con Elena (Strolling with Elena) organizes and leads guided tours that focalize specifically on art, design, and architecture, but also on alternative routes in Copenhagen and its surrondings in English, Spanish and Italian . The concept started thanks to Elena Merli in 2015, and the company was officially founded in January, 2017.
Elena was born in Treviso (Veneto, Italy), has a Master Degree in Contemporary Art History (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), and the Official Tourist Guide Certification for Denmark (RUC, Roskilde University), other than be the owner and managing director of the agency.
Elena has been working as a freelance since 2013. Her expertise in understanding the customer’s needs, her flexibility and creativity will allow you to spend an unforgettable experience in Denmark. Together with Elena you will be able to know the city of Copenhagen through its beautiful museums' art, secret corners, and special stories.
In addition to the interesting packages which you can find under Guided Tours, feel free to forward your request for a "classic" or personalized tour.
In addition to the guide services, if you think that my work is interesting for the purposes of a radio broadcast, a magazine article, a university lecture, if you need a leader for your journey all over Denmark, or if you have a brilliant idea and you would simply like to offer a cooperation, do not hesitate to contact me!
Below, you find a list of my last collaborations:
Italian guides around the world: Copenhagen, Berlin, Lisbon, New York & Stockholm.
This is about a collaboration between some selected guided tour agencies arount the world. The owners of these are all Italian expatriate guides. After purchasing a guided tour with A spasso con Elena you will receive a pdf document with the discount vouchers for their tour (the vouchers are not accumulable). I introduce them to you:
When the guided tour is confirmed, the meeting point and time will be decided, as well as the details for the payment will be communicated through an invoice. The payment has to be made in Danish crowns (DKK) via bank transfer and only after its reception by the guide, the customer can consider the guided tour booked. All expenses with regard to the payment by bank transfer are to be paid for by the customer: consider the one required from your bank plus the one for the Danish bank which corresponds to DKK 50 (7 euros ca.). The guide will send a confirmation after having received the payment. Additional services (such as the extension of a tour or the buying of a further one) which have not been agreed at the moment of the confirmation have to be paid in cash to the guide. The payment in Danish crowns is preferred, but euros are also accepted. The prices are established in conformity with the conditions 2017 decided by the Danish Association of Authorized Tourist Guides. In the descriptions is specified what it is included in a tour. For further information, contact the guide.
Distance/ transport supplement: for tours to or from sites outside central Copenhagen (public transport zone 1) the actual cost of the guide’s transport to/from Copenhagen Central Station has to be paid by the customer. Please note that Copenhagen Airport is situated outside public transport zone 1.
Language supplement: an additional DKK 500/ GBP 57/ USD 70 per hour, per extra language is charged for guide service in more than one language and for interpretation service.
Special Preparation: when special preparation for a tour is needed, in accordance with the wishes of the employer, and/or the guide services given to the group exceed the normal limits of a guided tour, an agreement for the additional fee in this regard must be made. This fee is based on the standard hourly fee plus any possible extra charges.
Meal allowance: for tours of 5 hours or longer, when no meal is provided free of charge, the guide is entitled to a meal allowance as follows: until 2:30 p.m., per meal DKK 150/GBP 17/ USD 21 after 2:30 p.m., per meal DKK 200/GBP 23/ USD 28
Cancellation fee: in the event of cancellation within 16 days before the start of the tour, the total amount paid by the customer will be transferred back (-DKK 200 for administration expenses). In case the cancellation is communicated by the customer between 15 and 8 days before the start of the tour, a fee equal to 2 hours classic walking tour is charged (DKK 1.820). If the tour is cancelled by the customer later than 7 days before the scheduled start of the tour, or in the event of “no-show”, the full amount for the tour must be paid. If the guide, instead, is forced to cancel the agreed programme or tour, the total amount paid will be transferred back to the customer. No refunds will be made for cancellations related to services booked to be provided during the high season, ie from 01.05.2017 to 30.09.2017.
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