Contemporary architecture tour by bike
Copenhagen is internationally accepted for its architecture and design throughout the 20th century and no less today.
Take a look through the eyes of an architect at the transformation from withering industries to hip neighbourhoods, cultural areas and fancy commercial districts.
During this tour, you can expect stories behind building designs, public spaces and the general unfolding of urban life.
[…] Asser customised the tour to meet our preferences. He was deeply and widely knowledgeable, and yet was gracious about even the most banal and naive questions. […] We hope to be back. Thank you.Feltrin85 ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ on TripAdvisor
Starting from the central city the route will take you to places such as:
- Parliament area
- Old town Vestervold
- Kalvebod harbour area
- Public spaces at Islands Brygge
- Havneholmen commercial and residential
- Amager Fælled urban nature
- New city district Ørestad
- Danish Radio broadcasting complex
- Public community projects at …
- … early suburban Holmbladsgade
- Maritime and cosy Christianshavn
- Art school campus + more at Holmen
- … and more …
You will learn about buildings and projects by accredited Danish and international architects/designers such as:
- Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
- JDS Architects (Julien De Smedt)
- Lundgaard & Tranberg
- SHL Architects (Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen)
- Dorte Mandrup
- Arne Jacobsen
- Cobe Architects
- Gehl Architects
- Olafur Eliasson
- Jean Nouvel
- … and others …
But architecture in a broader sense reflects all sides of a society. Architecture relates to topics as diverse as for example:
- … well – in fact – everything!
That makes architecture a great lens for a more general understanding of the city and the culture. And as such very relevant not only for building professionals but for everyone looking for a deeper insight in the city and it’s people.
Your guides on the architecture bike tour are:
Alice Lempel Søndergaard
Alice has a degree in philosophy and modern culture and has worked with urban planning at a strategic level. She has a profound interest in how architecture and city planning is influencing everyday life in the city.
Asser Munch is an architect by trade and an architecture guide in Copenhagen. He has a background as a teacher at the School of Architecture in Aarhus, later as a building architect on smaller, very diverse projects.
You can read more on his blog: copenhagenarchitecture.dk.
Small group size
We ride in small groups and treasure the personal connection and the opportunity to exchange views and experiences along the way.
It is a bike tour, so we expect all participants to be fairly experienced on a bike and fairly comfortable in traffic. That said, it’s not a fitness session, the pace is comfortable, there are plenty of stops, and the distance is approximately 10-15 km.
The tour is suitable from 12 years up, the route mainly follows bike routes, and avoids heavy car traffic. Helmets are optional and included in the price.
For a group with someone new on a bike or uncomfortable on the bike lanes, we’ll be happy to offer a custom tour at a slower pace and choosing more quiet routes. Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you feel more comfortable on a traditional, Danish bike, we have different sizes and models.
Optional helmets are included as well as bottled water that we bring on the tour.
If you would like a private tour for you and your colleagues/friends/family, please make contact at email@example.com.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Start and stop is at the beCopenhagen basecamp, Fortunstræde 1, 1065 Copenhagen. Here you can store luggage during your tour and rest with a cold soft drink after while using our free WiFi and charging your phone/device.
The tour is suitable from 12 years up, the route mainly follows bike routes, and avoids heavy car traffic.
Helmets are optional but included in the price as well as a bottle of water to bring on the tour. However, we may be able to help you with a few other practicalities – for rent or for keeps:
You can find additional and practical information at our FAQ-page.