Vice & Vesterbro

Tour Like a Local!

Adult (18+)

Venture into what used to be the roughest neighbourhood in Copenhagen: Vesterbro. Once the land of drugs, porn, and prostitution, today it’s one of the city’s trendiest districts — and also one of the best places to find a good beer. Hear the rocky story of this controversial neighbourhood and the development of the surrounding area as you share a brew with the locals.

Copenhagen’s Vesterbro Tour Highlights

  • Learn the seedy history of Vesterbro and wander streets once frequented by shady locals and travellers
  • Experience where locals live and love to hang out with pit-stops in two beloved and distinctive pubs
  • Experience how gentrification is transforming a shady neighbourhood into a hip urban area

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one-on-one recommendations for further exploring the city, one full beer and beer samplers

Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, post-tour dinner, and tips and gratuities for your guide

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: Central Station, back entrance at Reventlowsgade 7, where it connects with Istedgade. (GPS coordinates: 55.672248, 12.563829). View on Google Maps.
  • Starting time: 3.00 PM
  • Ending point: Meatpacking District
  • Full Itinerary
  • Your Copenhagen tour starts at the city’s central station before venturing into what used to be the roughest neighbourhood in town. As the world’s most famous red light district of the 60s, Vesterbro quickly made a name for itself, which brought with it drug addicts, street prostitutes, tattoo shops, as well as shady dive bars. Wandering the streets today, though, you see first-hand how gentrification can change a place.

    We start the Vesterbro neighbourhood tour with a visit to one of the few traditional bodegas still standing that has not been completely overrun by newcomers to the area. Here, we enjoy a beer in a familiar Danish atmosphere and talk about its importance for the locals who have lived in the neighbourhood all their life.

    From there, we make our way up one of the most famous streets in Denmark, where you hear stories of the Vesterbro of the past. This takes us into a quiet street where you hear a drama-filled story of two siblings who had a nag for beer, which they turned into a hugely popular beer brand that resonates so well with the city’s contemporary way of life.

    As we move on, you hear about and experience one of the city’s amazing parks and its importance to the neighbourhood, as well as be introduced to one of our local breakfast secrets that you just must try. We end the tour at one of the above mentioned brothers’ newest additions to the Copenhagen bar scene: a Danish-Texan brewpub and restaurant that has taken Copenhagen by storm. Stay as long as you like, or, if you feel like exploring further, your guide is happy to share dinner recommendations — there are many excellent places just around the corner. 

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one-on-one recommendations for further exploring the city, one full beer and beer samplers

    Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, post-tour dinner, and tips and gratuities for your guide

    Dress standard: Please wear suitable footwear for walking, and bring an umbrella or rain jacket in case of rain.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child Policy: Passengers under 18, are not permitted on this Copenhagen tour.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +45 2082 5287
    Email address: [email protected]

  • Reviews
  • Ms. Alaina H. from Netherland travelled on 24 Aug 2017:

    Mie was great and we really enjoyed the tour, her knowledge, and recommendations for additional places to visit/eat during our stay in Copenhagen. Thank you!

    Ms. Samantha R. from USA travelled on 09 Aug 2017:

    Mie was an amazing guide! It wound up being just her and me on the tour, but it was so great. It was like having a cool friend show me around her city, with lots of interesting facts and information and several stops at fun local bars. It was really the perfect way to spend my first afternoon in Copenhagen. Thank you Mie!

    Ms. Jess C. from Australia travelled on 27 Jul 2017:

    I highly recommend the Vice & Vesterbro tour as something different from the usual touristy sites that you can cover in a city. It was great to have the hot spots pointed out of great watering holes and eateries with the background stories that only a local knows. My guide Lars was knowledgeable of the local area and shared many danish tales and stories that made the time fly by. It was a great way to spend the afternoon in a new city.

    Mr. Roberto P. from Germany travelled on 08 Feb 2017:

    Thanks to Mie, for this nice trip through Copenhagen!

    Mrs. Andrea L. from Switzerland travelled on 29 Aug 2016:

    It was very interesting and Villads is a great guide! Thank you!

    Mr. Robert P. from United Kingdom travelled on 10 Apr 2016:

    I did submit a more positive review for the “Hygge and Happiness” tour that I did on 2.4.16 – resulting in my booking this one too – but unsure it got submitted. Both walks left very positive impressions on me – and I must emphasise that, first and foremost! I spent a MOST enjoyable afternoon with Villads (and the two ‘shadowers’) – but did find this tour quite lacking in content for an “Urban Adventures” walking tour. I have done others in Delhi, Paris and Budapest (all outstanding, as the “Hygge and Happiness” one – so my expectations were high!!). This one, content wise, was a little ‘thin’ mainly because a regenerated, former “seedy” area around the train station is nothing new (the case in lots of cities). Also, although I like beer, having four beers on this trip in the afternoon was A LOT!! I have no problem with the choices made (each was very different from the others) – but I would suggest SAMPLES in the future, rather than FULL glasses/pints! And, some food/snacks should be included (maybe a “Smorrebrod” sample, a chocolate, a sample from a sausage stall etc.? – even if not customary to have with beer in Denmark!). Maybe also start the tour a little later (4 pm?) so that if people wanted to stay in the Meatpackers’ area for the evening, it would be a more suitable time to do so? Do not want to sound over-critical and hope this will be accepted as constructive criticism… Don’t want to praise too much, either, in case this tours become TOO popular. The individual nature of them is their attraction for me (and the Australian woman who was on my first one in Copenhagen). Villads was excellent, on both tours!