Explore the history, the Must-Sees and secret gems of Christianshavn The official birth-year of the picturesque district of Christianshavn is 1618 and its 400-year history has seen it change from a small, independent borough, where no-one wanted to live, to one of the capital's most attractive districts. From an ill-reputed cesspool of disease and poverty to a trendy and gentrified café latte-haven - with its very own laid-back atmosphere. Situated in the stream between the city and the island of Amager, the early development of Christianshavn was slow, but with promises of free building grounds and tax exemption, gradually merchants and noblemen started building here. Christianshavn escaped the fires and bombings in the 18th and 19th century, that cleared most of the old buildings in the rest of Copenhagen. So this is where we find some of the oldest houses in the city. We will see them, hear the fascinating stories and visit places you would never find on your own. The tour ends - either at one of the oldest playgrounds in Denmark, placed on a bastion in the only preserved section of Copenhagens old fortifications, or at the Our Savior's Church where I'll challenge you to climb the legendary spiral-tower. From here it's only a few minutes walk back to the center - or to the "hippie-district" of the Freetown Christiania.
After a decade of teaching history, Danish and social studies, in 2014 I decided to quit my job and start doing what I always loved the most – telling stories and sharing my passion for this wonderful city of mine. Though I know every inch of the city, there is still new discoveries every day – and new, curious people to engage with. A vast network allows me to offer access and treats you would struggle to find on your own. I have five experiences on Airbnb. This one I’ve done more than 250 times and he is still my favorite: https://www.airbnb.dk/experiences/363675
We'll visit one of Copenhagen's best independent chocolate-makers to sample one of his locally inspired specialties.
Places we'll see: The Christian's church, the canal, the oldest buildings in the district, the church of Our Saviour (Vor Frelser), the bastions and rampart of the 17th century-fortifications and 3-4 of the idyllic backyards.
Wear sensible walking shoes, as we will be ... well, walking.
Though it's a 2½ hour tour, the distance covered is short, and we will remain within easy walking distance of the center. We will do a few indoor stops and break for refreshments midway.
Explore Christianshavn with a local