The stench in the city

The philosopher Søren Kierkegaard might have looked like this on his daily walks in Copenhagen - which was not as airy as his thoughts. Illustration: Nina Søndergaard

The philosopher Søren Kierkegaard might have looked like this on his daily walks in Copenhagen – which was not as airy as his thoughts. Illustration: Nina Søndergaard

The citizens of Copenhagen complained bitterly about the stench some 200 years ago and for good reasons.

See the places of the city’s former cesspools, rejoice over the now defunct train-oil factory and hear the horrifying story of overcrowding, bad smells and deadly vapors. A positive side-effect is heightened appreciation of asphalt, washing machines and plumbing!

Smell samples included! If you can’t imagine what stale kale smells like I have a small sample of that on the tour.

Duration: Approximately one hour.

The tour is family friendly, the walking impaired (there are cobblestones on the streets though) and children (from the age of 9 and upwards) are welcome.

Price: 20€ or $25 pr. person.

Thsi little yellow house. You are able to see from the metro station Christianshavn. Photo: Nina Søndergaard

Thsi little yellow house. You are able to see from the metro station Christianshavn. Photo: Nina Søndergaard

Meeting place: The octroi (the little yellow house) on Torvegade 75, 55.670986,12.593997, near Christianshavns Vold. We’ll end up at Nikolaj Kirke/The church of Saint Nicholas behind Magasin at Kongens Nytorv.

-This tour is based on my thesis where I wanted to find out what people did before the advent of garbage trucks and water flushed toilets in glittering bathrooms. The answer stinks…