Copenhagen

  • Copenhagen school trip
    Copenhagen is a wonderful destination for students of art and design.
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    The amusement park at Tivoli Gardens is a must on a school trip to Copenhagen.
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    See the changing of the guard at Copenhagen's Amalienborg Palace.
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    Copenhagen's City Hall Square.
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    The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is one of many museums to be visited on a Copenhagen school trip.

It was an enriching and inspiring experience for all, providing our students with a unique insight into Danish culture and rich heritage… Thank you for creating a bespoke itinerary, which was inspiring and very appropriate for our students.GT, Seven Kings School

Capital of Denmark, Copenhagen boasts a long-established reputation for cultural design and culinary greatness. Yet whilst its cutting-edge, contemporary credentials form a substantial part of the city’s present-day make up, Copenhagen has its origins in the 10th century when it was once a Viking fishing village. To this end, the city retains a traditional and colourful charm, making it a popular destination on the tourism trail.

From an educational perspective, the Danish capital is an outstanding destination for students of Art & Design, with a wide variety of world-renowned museums and cultural institutions across the city and wider region dedicated to all artistic genres.

Of course, any Copenhagen school trip should include the picturesque waterfront area of Nyhavn where the multi-hued, harbourside houses form a lovely backdrop to a group photo. Add to that the Amalienborg and Christiansborg Palaces, not to mention the Little Mermaid statue and the Tivoli Gardens, and you’ll certainly tick off many of Copenhagen’s essential sights.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and hotels in and around the Danish capital. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Copenhagen school trip itinerary and budget.

One such example is the Generator Copenhagen. Centrally located (a seven-minute walk from Nyhavn) and stylishly decorated, there’s a restaurant and café, pétanque area, outdoor terrace and chill-out areas. Rooms sleep up to eight people and come with en-suite shower. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

Copenhagen School Trip – Subject Suitability

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Air

All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here is a suggestion for a Copenhagen school trip:

Day 1 – Journey to the airport for your direct flight to the Danish capital, Copenhagen. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation.

Day 2 – Enjoy a walking tour of the city today, taking in all the major landmarks such as harbourside Nyhavn, Amalienborg Palace and the Little Mermaid statue, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen. Intersperse these with visits to the Designmuseum Danmark, along with the SMK, the National Gallery of Denmark.

Day 3 – Head north of the city this morning to visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, or south to the Arken Museum of Modern Art, both important and internationally-renowned centres for contemporary art and well worth a visit.

Back in Copenhagen this afternoon, why not visit the collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek before heading to the nearby Tivoli Gardens to experience the thrills and spills of the amusement park situated there.

Day 4 – Depending on your flight time, there’s perhaps an opportunity for last-minute shopping or sightseeing, before the transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK.

Travel Options

  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Copenhagen.

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Popular Visits & Excursions

Nyhavn – The quintessential picture-postcard backdrop to Copenhagen, Nyhavn (meaning New Harbour) dates back to the 18th century. A popular area for sailors, Nyhavn also attracted a wealth of writers including Hans Christian Andersen who lived for most of his life in the area (in particular at numbers 18, 20 and 67).
Little Mermaid Statue – Symbol of Copenhagen, the bronze statue of The Little Mermaid pays homage to Hans Christian Andersen’s legendary heroine of the sea.
Amalienborg Palace – Home to Danish royalty since the 18th century, this is the official winter palace to the Queen of Denmark. Comprising four identical rococo buildings, each housing a different generation of the Danish monarchy, the palace surrounds a central courtyard in which a daily changing of the guard takes place (when the family is in residence).
Christiansborg Palace – Set apart from the rest of the city by the three canals that surround it, Christiansborg Slot is an imposing granite palace situated on the small island of Slotsholmen, today playing host to the Danish parliament and the prime minister’s office.
Canal cruise – See the sights of Copenhagen from a different angle with a cruise through the city’s harbour and along the canal network.
Tivoli Gardens – Perhaps Copenhagen’s most famous and popular attraction, this is an amusement park consisting of thrilling rides (256 in all), arcades, open-air stages, theatres and restaurants, all set amidst beautiful lakeside gardens. (Closed January – March).
Strøget – Copenhagen’s main (pedestrianised)shopping thoroughfare, it is one of Europe’s longest, stretching 1.1km through the city.
National Museum – Situated in the Prince’s Palace, the National museum houses exhibitions from the Stone Age, the Viking Age, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Modern Danish History.
Rosenborg Castle – Home to the Danish royal crown jewels as well as many other regal treasures.
Church of our Saviour – Inaugurated in 1792, a climb to the top of the 400 steps (the last 150 of which are outside!) offers a rewarding view over the city.
National Gallery of Denmark – Also known as the SMK, this is Denmark’s largest art museum, featuring outstanding collections of Danish and international art from the past seven centuries. The SMK is especially famous for its beautiful collection of Danish Golden Age art, the country’s most comprehensive collection of Danish contemporary art – and one of the world’s best Matisse collections.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek – Donated to the city by the heir to the Carlsberg Brewery (hence the name), the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is one of Copenhagen’s most important art museums. Home to over 10,000 works of art, you’ll find an impressive array of Impressionist works, not to mention an extensive collection of Egyptian and Greek artefacts, Roman portraits and Etruscan art.
Designmuseum Danmark – Offers displays of decorative art, crafts, and industrial designs from the Western world and Asia from the late Middle Ages and up to the present.
Kunsthal Charlottenborg – One of the largest spaces for contemporary art in Europe, presenting an ambitious programme of exhibitions and events with a strong international focus.
Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art – One of the oldest venues for contemporary art in Denmark and a must see in Copenhagen for anyone interested in art and architecture.
Thorvaldsens Museum – Houses the works of the world-famous Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.
Ordrupgaard Museum – Houses French Impressionist art and Danish art from the Golden Age. It’s also interesting from an architectural perspective and you’ll find the Finn Juhl house here, too.
Danish Architecture Centre – The main exhibition space in Denmark for architecture.
Black Diamond – An extension to the Royal Library, this striking building is home to the National Museum of Photography.

 

Round Tower – Built in the 17th century, this is Europe’s oldest functioning observatory.
Tycho Brahe Planetarium – Discover the starry sky, watch IMAX and 3D movies or explore the exhibition on astronomy and space travel.
Carlsberg Visitors Centre – Situated next to the Carlsberg Brewery, journey through the history of and processes involved in the art of beer brewing (soft drinks included for under 18s).
Natural History Museum of Denmark – Take a walk among mammoths, woolly-haired rhinos, steppe bison, and giant deer once native to Denmark.
Copenhagen Zoo – Home to over 3,000 animals and boasts one of the world’s best elephant facilities.
Blue Planet – Northern Europe’s largest aquarium, the stunning architectural design of the Blue Planet, constructed in the shape of a whirlpool, is as impressive as the aquatic exhibits within.
The World of Hans Christian Andersen – One of the world’s most beloved creator of fairy tales, this delightful museum brings to life his many stories with colourful displays and exciting light and sound effects. You’ll get to learn about Andersen’s life from his childhood in Denmark to his travels around the globe.
Guinness World of Records Museum – Discover 500 of the world’s oddest world records at the Guinness World Records Museum. Measure up alongside the world’s tallest man, watch 1,382,101 dominoes topple, drive at speeds of up to 500 miles per hour or test your levels of speed and endurance against a professional racing cyclist.
Experimentarium – An interactive experience where visitors can explore hands-on science in all its forms. The Experimentarium boasts the world’s first interactive cinema and 16 challenging and interactive exhibits about Science and Technology.
Ripley’s Odditorium – Showcases a wealth of bizarre and almost unbelievable eclectic exhibits including a model of the Taj Mahal made out of 300,000 matches, a human trophy skull, a mummy hand, a robot made out of car parts or a 19th-century vampire killing kit.

Elsewhere

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art – Located 40 kilometres north of Copenhagen, the Louisiana has gained a reputation as a museum in touch with the zeitgeist of the contemporary art world.
ARKEN Museum of Modern Art – Situated in Ishøj, south of Copenhagen, this museum hosts exhibitions of the greatest Modernist artists alongside exhibitions of contemporary art – from new, young talent to established artists.
Open Air Museum – North of Copenhagen, this is one of the largest and oldest of its kind worldwide. Spread across 86 acres of land, the museum houses more than 50 farms, mills and houses from the period 1650-1940.
Viking Ship Museum – Located by the fjord in Roskilde, 35 minutes from Copenhagen, the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde presents five original Viking ships, revealing stories about war and raids on trade and travel to distant places, and about life at sea 1,000 years ago.
Frederiksborg Palace – Located some 40 minutes away by train in the town of Hillerød, this is the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia set over three islands amidst the palace lake. Often referred to as the Nordic Versailles, Frederiksborg dates back to the early 17th century and has been home to the Museum of National History since 1878.
Kronborg Castle – Located at the entrance to Øresund to the north of Copenhagen, Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 1574-1585 and is most famous for its associations with Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Malmö – Consider a day trip into Sweden via Europe’s longest combined road and rail bridge and tunnel stretching nearly 8km between Malmö and Copenhagen. Just 35 minutes by train, Sweden’s third largest city offers the Malmö Chokladfabrik, as well as Malmöhus, the city’s castle.

Copenhagen school trip images © www.copenhagenmediacenter.com, Klaus Bentzen, Dudva.