This tour starts at the Tourist Information Office and passes the main entrance to The Tivoli Gardens on the way to the Town Hall Square where the Old City begins. The symbolism on the Town Hall facade tells us something about the history of Copenhagen and its development from a fishing village into a European commercial capital. This will include a brief introduction into the history of Denmark from its earliest days until today, along with an overview of the Danish economy and the products the Danes produce. The Town Hall Square abounds with interesting landmarks such as The Dragon Fountain and The Lur-Blasers column, whose musical warriors remind us of Scandinavia's colorful Viking past. Crossing over the areas where the old moat and city rampart once stood, we pass though what would have been the Western Gate into the city that welcomed the 14-year-old aspiring actor, Hans Christian Andersen back in 1819. Today this spot marks the beginning of the Walking Street (called 'Stroget'), Copenhagen's fashion and design center, where we turn left on our way to the Latin Quarter with well-preserved examples of 19th-century residential architecture.

After admiring the neo-classic facade of the Church of Our Lady (The Cathedral of Copenhagen) and the Reformation Monument just opposite it, we will enter the church to see the impressive marble sculptures of Christ and the Apostles by the greatest sculptor of the 19th-century, Bertel Thorvaldsen. After hearing about Thorvaldsen, the Golden Age of Danish Culture, religion in Denmark and an introduction to the Royal Family, we will walk across Our Lady's Square to see the oldest buildings in Copenhagen University and to learn about education, the social system in Denmark and the tax system which funds it. With a short break for restrooms we continue past the majestic University Library building along a street with antique bookshops where we will hear about some of Denmark's famous literary figures such as Ludwig Holberg, Soren Kierkegaard, Karen Blixen and Peter Hoeg. Our next stop is in front of the Great Synagogue of Copenhagen where we will learn about Denmark 's Jewish community and their heroic rescue from the Gestapo during the Nazi occupation of The Second World War. Opposite the synagogue is the Main Library of Copenhagen where free internet service is available.

Continuing down the street we arrive at Kobmagergade, another important shopping street, where we find the Round Tower Observatory and the Trinity Church which adjoins it. Here we will meet King Christian IV, Denmark's Renaissance monarch, at whose request the buildings were built, and hear about his many accomplishments before proceeding on to the Rosenborg Garden, (also known as 'The King's Garden' in his honor), to admire the Rosenborg Castle which once served as a royal summer residence. The tour concludes at a statue to the poet and fairytale-writer, Hans Christian Andersen, where we will learn something more about his life and relationship to Copenhagen.  From where this tour ends one can enjoy a relaxing Danish smorrebrod lunch in a nearby cafe before joining the Rosenborg Castle Tour at 12 noon.