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.

BDP welcomes three new colleagues to the team

BDP welcomes three new colleagues to the team

At the beginning of April, we welcomed three new colleagues to the BDP-family: Lisa, Lucia and Rebekka.

Lisa moved from Germany to Copenhagen in 2015 where she immediately became a guide for BDP. Before that, she studied history and politics and worked in the German administration. After four years as a guide, Lisa was hired as a Project Assistant in the Cruise department where she will be working on cruise calls. Lisa is openminded, thorough and dedicated. Her favourite place in Copenhagen is everywhere close to the water whether it is Amager Strand, Ofelia Plads, Christianshavn or Amager Fælled because it is close to nature, while still being in the middle of a big city.

Lucia is from Columbia where she worked in one of the biggest banks in the country. Recently she worked in an insurance company with responsibility for civil contracts. Lucia also has all-around experience at BDP and have been everything from tour guide to supervisor and freelancer in the cruise department. However last month she started full time in the department. Lucia is enthusiastic, dynamic and cares a lot about family values. Her favourite place in Copenhagen is Churchill Park and she loves to bike around the city.

Rebekka has a masters degree in Performance Design at RUC and a background in marketing, communications and event management. At BDP, Rebekka will be working with experience design and developing a red thread between communication and event. Rebekka is creative, innovative and has a digital mindset. Some of her favourite places in Copenhagen is the many art galleries and museums like Copenhagen Contemporary and Nikolaj Kunsthal.

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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

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Copenhagen Fairytale Night

Earlier this year BDP Business Events got the most exciting task – to arrange a show for an incentive group, 600 persons, focusing on Danish history, culture and daily life. The result was a spectacular show in the legendary Tivoli Concert Hall. An actor in character of the World famous Danish fairy tale writer H.C.Andersen introduced the guests to Vikings, Elves and some of his own fairy tale characters. A team of artists from dancers to gymnasts, singers and acrobats, dressed in incredible costumes and combined with talented light designers created a show filled with drama, fun and love.

The performance, an original creation, was a big success – our client sent us the following email afterwards: “We are very satisfied and happy – thank you so much for all the support in Copenhagen! It was such a pleasure to work with you and your team.

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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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Celebrate your triumph in 28 meters height – Challenge yourself with Blocs & Walls

Do you want to try something completely out of the ordinary for the day? Blocs & Walls is located on Refshaleøen and is filled with colourful climbing walls. After a day of climbing why not celebrate your triumph in 28 meters height; with a view of Copenhagen’s skyline from the optical tower with a glass of champagne?

The story behind the building, which now holds Blocs & Walls, is very interesting. The hall is called “The Markup Hall” and is connected to “The Optical Tower”. When it was used for B&W’s shipyard, workers would mark steel plates for the ships by the markings that the projector in the tower 28 meters high provided.

It is possible to walk up the many flights of stairs to the top of the tower. From here you get an amazing view of Copenhagen. If you dare to walk all the way to the top of the optical tower, you also have the possibility of seeing the preserved marker used by B&W workers.

You decide if you want to spend the day unwinding on the climbing walls with your group or if you would like to combine it with a corporate meeting or conference on location. Your group will be paired with a number of guides helping you through the day as you attempt to climb the walls. Anyone from beginners to professionals can participate, as the walls offer different heights and difficulty levels.

If you would like to know more about using Blocs & Walls for your group, please contact Nathalie Lambert at +45 33 45 45 12 or nl@bdp.dk