Death and the city



Place: Rådhuspladsen, the City Hall Square on the stairs to the city hall. 55.6756, 12.5696. End point: Nørreport station.

Duration: About 70 minutes. The tour is about 500 years history of death.

Price: 125 DKK pr. person in weekdays. Saturdays and Sundays: At least 1500 DKK.

Today Copenhagen is one of the safest cities in the world. It was rated the most liveable city for three years (and still on the top ten). But until 1890 Copenhagen wasn’t just a bad smelling, crammed city, it was actually the most dangerous place to be in all of Scandinavia. It’s a story worth telling and showing – as well as I can. Because death is nowadays out of sight. In contrast to the ubiquitous death back then.

It’s the different death that will be the theme of the tour: Melancholy murderers, public executions, pandemics, open funerals and dead babies. Unpleasant topics served with both respect and optimism. The history of death is actually a history of real progress in both kind and scale. Not convinced? Come along on the tour and discuss.

This tour is not just for goth and morbid people but also (older) pupils, health workers of all kinds, believers as atheists. Mothers who still breastfeed will be advised to bring a hankerchief or two.