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Venture into what used to be the roughest neighborhood in Copenhagen: Vesterbro. Once the land of drugs, porn, and prostitution, today it’s one of the city’s trendiest districts — and also one of the best places to find a good beer. Hear the rocky story of this controversial neighborhood and the development of the surrounding area as you share a brew with the locals.
Learn the seedy history of Vesterbro and wander streets once frequented by shady locals and travelers.
Experience where locals live and love to hang out.
Visit some of Copenhagen’s best pubs and beer bars and taste local craft brews.
Experience the city’s meatpacking district that has one function by day — and totally another by night.
Local English-speaking guide; two beer samples.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Food and additional beverages; Souvenirs and items of a personal nature; Gratuities for your local guide.
Hours of operation
Available: Tuesday - Thursday, Saturday; Start time at 2:00pm.
Approximately 3 hours.
Meeting Point: Central Station, back entrance at Reventlowsgade 7, where it connects with Istedgade.
Ending Point: Meatpacking District.
Your Copenhagen tour starts at the city’s central station before venturing into what used to be the roughest neighborhood in town. This was the world’s most famous red light district in the 1960s when Denmark was the first country to legalize porn, attracting curious visitors from around the globe. A few of those original shops still exist today, so no surprise that Vesterbro not only was, but still is, the center of street prostitution in Denmark. In the 1970s and ‘80s, drug addicts, street prostitutes, tattoo shops, and shady dive bars dominated the neighborhood. But wandering the streets today, you’ll see first-hand how gentrification can change a place.
We’ll start the tour with a visit to one of the few bars still standing, that has not been completely overrun by newcomers to the area. From there, we will make our way up Istedgade and you’ll hear stories of the Vesterbro of yesteryear.
You will continue down some of Vesterbo’s smaller streets, each with an interesting story linking back to the neighborhood's origins as a rough area. You will see, however, how the area has changed. Today it is no longer a site for street prostitution and drugs, but a place where you’ll find quite a few green spots, and where locals come to hang out and enjoy a beer in the sun.
After that, you’ll make your way to Kødbyen, Copenhagen’s old meat packing district. Today there are still butchers and other shops that cater to the city’s restaurants, but they live next to stylish restaurants, bars, and galleries. We’ll tell you the #localsknow stories about the place, point out the great functionalistic architecture, and tell tales of the people who have worked there.
We’ll end the tour at one of the newest additions to the Copenhagen bar scene — a Danish-Texan brew pub and restaurant that’s making a name for itself around the world. Stay as long as you like, or, if you feel like exploring further, your guide will be happy to share dinner recommendations — there are many excellent places just around the corner.
Trip Style: Neighborhood tour, walking tour.
Please wear comfortable footwear for walking.
Children below the age of 16 are not permitted on this tour.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
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