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Vesterbro Tours

Vesterbro
Copenhagen’s Vesterbro neighborhood was once a famous rough-and-tumble red-light district. After receiving a thorough makeover, the area is now known for its fashion-forward art scene, extensive restaurant selection, and vibrant nightlife.

The Basics
Walk along Vesterbrogade and Istedgade—the main streets of Copenhagen’s hippest quarter—and explore an eclectic selection of bars, restaurants, cafés, and shopping boutiques. A growing collection of brewpubs and Danish craft beer bars serve up frothy pints, while Vesterbro’s trendy Kodbyen area (a former meatpacking district) features some of the city’s coolest nightclubs, art galleries, tattoo shops, and music venues. 
 
The streets of Vesterbro are better for walking than driving, so most tours take place on foot or include transportation via bike or Segway. Food tours are another option for exploring, and typically focus on the district’s vibrant food and drink scene as well as the city’s history. Most Copenhagen tours include a stop in Vesterbro and also visit highlights such as the 17th-century Nyhavn waterfront and the famous Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) statue. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Vesterbro is a must-see for art, music, and food lovers.
  • Vesterbro is also home to the amusement park Tivoli Gardens, a fun spot for kids in Copenhagen. 
  • The city’s official tourist office, Copenhagen Visitor Service, is located at Vesterbrogade street in Vesterbro, just a few minutes from Copenhagen Central Station.
 
How to Get There
Copenhagen Central Station and Vesterport are major stops for almost every train and bus line in the city. Vesterport is served by the S-train network, and train lines B, C, and H continue along the southern edge of the district with stops at Dybbolsbro, Carlsberg, and Valby stations. Buses 1A, 3A, and 6A also stop in Vesterbro.
 
When to Get There
Opening hours for Vesterbro’s shops and galleries vary by season, while many of the district’s bars and clubs stay open until the early morning. Summer is the most popular season to visit, when bars, restaurants, and sidewalk cafés can be packed with people.
 
Vesterbro History
While Vesterbro was once known for its red-light activities and bustling meatpacking industry, the city of Copenhagen has worked hard to make the district a desirable place to live close to the city center. The famous red-light district is no more, and the area’s former meatpacking industry has been replaced with hip bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. 

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5 Tours and Activities to Experience Vesterbro

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Alternative Tour Copenhagen

Alternative Tour Copenhagen

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Discover less-visited Copenhagen neighborhoods on this guided tour of the Danish capital. Visit the achingly hip area of Vesterbro, and the red—not to mention the green—light districts, among other areas including the self-declared "Free State of Christiana." Discover and explore everything from untrammeled working-class districts to neighborhoods crammed with bearded hipsters.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Copenhagen Alternative City Tour

Copenhagen Alternative City Tour

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Get off the beaten path and discover an alternative side to Copenhagen. Visit the achingly hip area of Vesterbro, the Mndenes hjem homeless shelter and the red—not to mention the green—light districts, among other areas including the self-declared "Free State of Christiana." Discover and explore everything from untrammelled working-class districts to neighbourhoods crammed with bearded hipsters.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Wonderer’s Notebook: A Puzzle walk in Kodbyen

Wonderer’s Notebook: A Puzzle walk in Kodbyen

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Highlights: Our puzzle walk in Kodbyen is a self-guided scavenger hunt, where you will solve intriguing puzzles and explore Kodbyen and uncover the stories and secrets of this special part of Copenhagen. The puzzle walk: Imagine you found a notebook. Your curiosity doesn’t allow you to just return it. You want to know what is inside and who it belongs to. When you finally open it, you realize that it was meant for you all along. The package contains a notebook, a map, letter with instructions, and a pen. It will lead you on a 1.5-2 hours scavenger hunt in the former meat packing district of Copenhagen. Gather your friends, family, or colleagues and meet them at the specific location that’s written on the package. Open the package, and let the adventure begin!
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  • 2 hours
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The West End Gourmet Tour in Copenhagen

The West End Gourmet Tour in Copenhagen

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Copenhagen has long been a hotspot for foodies, famous for its Michelin-starred restaurants and award-winning cuisine. This gourmet food tasting tour will whisk you on a gastronomic journey of Copenhagen’s West End, stopping to sample delicious smørrebrød (open faced sandwiches), sip craft brews and taste an array of cheeses, chocolates and local specialties.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The sustainable Copenhagen of the future tour by bike

The sustainable Copenhagen of the future tour by bike

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Cover ground in Copenhagen quickly with a half-day sightseeing bike tour focused on the city’s sustainability practices. Explore several green sights such as green roofs, solar installations, and green architecture. Learn about how Copenhagen became a leader in sustainability and how it plans to meet the goal of being the first carbon neutral capital by the year 2025.
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  • 3 hours
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