Copenhill

Bjarke Ingels’ newest footprints in Copenhagen

Danish Architecture is easily considered one of Denmark’s most influential international reputation. In 2019, two tremendous Bjarke Ingels projects reached the bay, the Ying Yang Panda Facility in Copenhagen Zoo and Copenhill. Bjarke Ingels founded BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Bjarke defines architecture as the art and science of making sure our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives. Through careful analysis of various parameters from local culture and climate, everchanging patterns of contemporary life, to the ebbs and flows of the global economy, Bjarke believes in the idea of information-driven-design as the driving force for his design process. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2016, Bjarke has designed and completed award-winning buildings globally.

Copenhill

Tourists taking their compulsory selfies with the Little Mermaid might discover a weird, triangle-shaped metal building with chimneys in the background. Copenhill is not only the city’s brand-new urban mountain sports facility but an important milestone in reaching Copenhagen’s plan of becoming Co2 neutral by 2025.

Now all Copenhageners and visitors can hit the slopes in the flattest country in Scandinavia all year round! As a multifunctional urban mountain, Copenhill is placed on top of a state-of-the-art waste-to-energy plant, which is one of the best and most complex of this kind in the world.

Besides Skiing & Snowboarding, the visitor can run, hike and train as well as climb and round up the adventure in their cosy facilities and grab something to eat and drink.

The plant, ARC, produces environmental-friendly energy with the newest technology by burning waste and turning the exhaust into energy which yearly provides the city of Copenhagen with electricity for 30,000 households and central heating for 72,000 households.

Panda Facility

“The arrival of the pandas and the opening of the Panda Facility is a historical event.” – said Jørgen Nielsen, the Administrative Director of the Zoo of Copenhagen.

The preparations to welcome the two panda bears from China started many years ago with the planning of the facility, preparing zookeepers to take care of the pandas and building the facilities. The Ying-Yang shaped Panda Facility were revealed in early 2017 and after 18 months of construction, Her Majesty the Queen, Margrethe II and Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess Mary amongst with other prestigious guests participated in the opening celebrity. Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark also became the protector of the Zoo as the pandas were state-present to the Queen.

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Congrats for the Award to the European Conference for Science Journalists

We are happy to share the news that the European Conference for Science Journalists (Danske Videnskabsjournalister) won the Copenhagen Congress and Event Award for congresses with less than 1000 participants.

BDP was the PCO on this Congress and we are very happy to hear about the award.

Read more about the nomination in Danish on altomkongres

You can read more about the congress here.

Every year Copenhagen hosts around 200 international congresses and sporting events which generates a great income to the city.  The congresses are also a platform for sharing knowledge, attract talent and export.

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New! Hygge Tour by BDP

Hygge is everywhere these days! In podcasts, books, and the television, and while the Danish concept of cosiness is crossing the Danish borders and getting known in faraway countries, we think there is something inherently danish about the concept of Hygge. And by that, we don’t just think of how it is pronounced (imagine having a hot potato in your mouth)! No, we think Hygge needs to be experienced where it originates from, in Denmark! Therefore we have created a tour, that is filled with cosiness, learning about the Danish way of life, how Hygge comes into the picture, and of course, includes the cosiest places in Copenhagen!

What is the Hygge Tour like?

You will get around Copenhagen with a local Dane who will give you a personal taste of their lives, their city and culture. The concept of Hygge is integrated into the entire tour, which gives you a better understanding of the concept by experiencing it first hand. See non-touristy corners of Copenhagen. Walk past small cosy cobblestone streets, while not missing out on some of Copenhagen major sights.  Then finish off the tour with a surprising twist that will make this tour memorable and give you a real insight into the Danish way of life. But pssst, we won’t reveal much more, we hope to surprise you at the Hygge tour.

Book your Hygge Tour with BDP and experience local secrets around Hygge!

The tour includes:

  • A taste of Hygge (Snack)
  • Refreshments ( Danish beer or other refreshments)
  • Headsets
  • Local experience
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BDP appointed as official hotel agency for Happy Copenhagen 2021

In 2021 the World Pride and EuroGames will be hosted in Copenhagen. BDP is thrilled to be appointed with the task of being the hotel agency of Happy Copenhagen 2021. During the two weeks (August 12th-22nd) of World Pride and the Eurogames, Copenhagen is expecting more than 250.000 visitors to the city. We are looking forward to becoming part of this exciting event – where diversity, equality, and sportsmanship are in the focus.

 
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New Guide & Host Bureau in Copenhagen

The young, fresh guide & host bureau GVIDI promises personalized and authentic experiences mixed with facts of past and present.


GVIDI – Guides and Hosts for hire is launching in Copenhagen. They are specialized in offering memorable experiences for tour and event agencies, corporate companies and private groups. “Authenticity communicated in an inspiring and entertaining way, meeting the guests where they are” is the mission and passion of GVIDI.

Guiding has many angles. People are not only interested in historical data. They also want a personalized tour with local tales and an insight into the culture and daily life in the city. We, therefore, train locals as well as young internationals who live in Copenhagen to deliver entertaining and authentic tours to our guests, but with a solid foundation in knowledge about Denmark’s past and present. Guides who attract the listeners’ attention, always with a smile and highly professional.

… says Project Manager Kamma Kristensen Dal, who has more than ten years’ experience in training and educating tourist guides.

The mother company, BDP – Your Best Destination Partners, has observed the growing interest for Copenhagen and Denmark in the last couple of years. So GVIDI – Guides and Hosts for hire was born from the urge to educate guides who are the voice of the local area and its history, putting their personal edge on the story and thus to make Copenhagen even more attractive for international tourists and corporate visitors.

It is GVIDIs ambition to expand their services to other locations. “GVIDI – Guides and Hosts for hire is even considering becoming a platform for guide services, much in the spirit of a shared economy, where individual guides who don‘t have the funds to market and sell their special tours can market them to a broader audience,” adds Hanne Nehmar, CEO & owner.

For more go to www.gvidi.dk

Kamma Kristensen Dal    booking@gvidi.dk

For more about BDP  www.bdp.dk

Hanne Nehmar hn@bdp.dk

gourmet smørrebrød

Get your hands dirty, get your apron on, and start creating your very own gourmet smørrebrød

When visiting Copenhagen you must try the famous Danish smørrebrød. Even better – what about making them yourself in new Nordic surroundings at Refshaleøen?

Restaurant Aamanns’ is famous for its modern interpretation of “smørrebrød” in Copenhagen. Their amazing and industrial venue at Refshaleøen offers a workshop on how to create tasty smørrebrød for groups. You can easily combine this with a conference or corporate gathering at the same location.

When Aamanns isn’t busy hosting workshops, they run a cafeteria where businesses located on Refshaleøen come to eat delicious smørrebrød for lunch. The open space creates an undeniable community spirit between the workplaces. People gather around the long wooden tables to enjoy smørrebrød – just like in the old days. As soon as everyone is gathered at Aamanns for lunch you hear the glasses clinking, the cutlery rattling, and the summing of conversation and laughter fills the room.

The building, which today holds Aamanns, is called “The Main Warehouse”, which was once used as the old B&W shipyard’s depot. With its rustic and raw atmosphere, it is easy to picture the old working environment. The well-preserved space makes this venue particularly special for groups to visit.

If you would like to know more about using Aamanns as a venue for your group or you would like to experiment with a smørrebrøds workshop, please contact Nathalie Lambert at +45 33 45 45 12 or nl@bdp.dk

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5 tips to experience Copenhagen by Boat

The harbour and canals are some of Copenhagen’s most characteristic features. Some say the city is best explored from the sea side. The BDP Team agrees – here we give you a few of our favourite options if your group wants to experience Copenhagen by Boat:

#1 The Sustainable:
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The eco-friendly way of exploring Copenhagen from the seaside is on board the solar-powered boats designed around the concept of keeping the beautiful canals and harbour clean and undisturbed.

Passengers sit around a little table, where you can enjoy an organic picnic and wine and sail off with a clean conscience on the sustainable boats. There is room for eight people on board and the boats have no roof.

#2 The Classic:
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Your group can enjoy Copenhagen onboard the classic boats with the nickname ”Copenhagen’s Water Limousines”. They received an award in 2014 for being the world’s best electric boats. Passengers sit around the small tables on board; perfect for an offshore snack or aperitif. The boats have a roof and are designed with a focus on comfort and stability, with room for 9-12 people on board.

#3 The Classic XXL:
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For larger groups we offer another classic seaside experience of Copenhagen’s harbour and canals; with room for 70 passengers, these boats are ideal for a dinner cruise or drinks and canapés. We offer catering and design a personalized route for your group. The boats have a roof and are comfortable and stable.

#4 The Speedy:
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If you are looking for adventure, Zodiac boats are just right for you. With a max speed of 71 knots – equivalent to131 km/h – your group is guaranteed an action-packed experience. The boats are specially designed to remain stable even at high speeds and can take up to 12 passengers.

#5 The Historical:
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Copenhagen’s harbour is home to many old, beautiful vessels; three of them are berthed very centrally by the Opera and the royal palace, and can be booked for business and pleasure. The ships date back to 1900 and have room for up to 42 passengers.

 

Whether we plan a picnic or an unforgettable and unique meeting for your group on the schooners, these elegant, historical ships never fail to impress.

Is your group looking for a classic, sustainable, historical or action-packed experience in Copenhagen harbour? We are ready to plan your unforgettable experience on the water. For more information and reservations, please get in touch with Ebbe Kiær on ek@bdp.dk or by phone: +45 33 45 45 11

You might also be interested in: Alternative Sightseeing in Stockholm

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BDP Recommends: Luleå, Sweden

Looking for a Nordic Adventure?

Whether you are in the mood for a husky sleigh ride, a snow scooter trip or a gala dinner on the ice under the waves of the colourful Aurora Borealis, Luleå in the Swedish Lapland is the place to go for a Nordic Adventure. If you are fond of music, a visit during the absolutely unique ‘Ice Music’ season is recommended – as the name indicates, it is music played on ‘ICEstruments’ and in an ICEconcerthall with a temperature of -5°C.

The BDP team headed north for an exciting Kick Off trip in the cosy, Swedish winter landscape. When asked about the best Nordic Adventure in Luleå, BDP answered:

“We stopped for lunch along the way on the snow scooter trip. It was freezing, -12°C, and our reindeerblanket had frozen to ice – but the fireplace made it warm and cosy!”
– Nick Courtney, Key Account Manager

 

”We were in the sauna for 5-10 minutes, and then went to roll in the snow – then back into the sauna. I mostly stayed in the hot tub afterwards, but Henrik rolled in the snow many times – he was brave!”
– Nathalie Lambert, Event & Meeting Designer

 

”Luleå is something you never forget. And the food was amazing, we ate reindeer and moose meat.”
– Kamma Dal, Project Manager, Cruise

 

Offering plenty of activities, there is always something to do. Compared to other popular destinations in the region, Luleå is authentic.

Furthermore, Luleå is known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site; you must not miss “Gammelstad Kyrkstad” while you are there. At the centre of the Middle Age village is a 15th century church, surrounded by 424 huts for the worshippers that used to travel far for church service.

You can fly from Stockholm to Luleå in just 1 hour

Curious to know more about Luleå and how we can design your next incentive or event? Please call Ebbe Kiær on +45 33 45 45 11 or contact him by e-mail on: ek@bdp.dk.