From the Tourist information Office we walk to the Town Hall Square where we hear something about the history of Copenhagen and the economy of Denmark as we examine the symbolism on the Town Hall Building as well as the statues and fountains which surround it. Entering the Town Hall, we are greeted by the sight of a large and decorative entrance hall containing busts of famous Danes from the fields of architecture, sculpture, literature and science. From the statue of Hans Christian Andersen in the Town Hall Square we walk along the boulevard named for him past the Museum of Danish Design on our way to the Ny Carlberg  Glyptotek, an art museum housed in a magnificent turn-of-the-century building. We will hear something about the museum collections and the Golden age of Danish Culture whose painting and sculptures it contains. After passing the National History Museum located in an 18th-century prince's palace, we cross the Marble Bridge which brings us over a canal and onto the Castle Island.

Here we find the magnificent Christiansborg Palace, home to the Parliament of Denmark, the Prime Minister's Office, the Supreme Court and the Royal Reception Rooms. We will learn something about the government of Denmark, the Welfare Model, the tax system which supports it, and the Royal Family. Crossing the Royal Riding Grounds with the beautiful sandstone Royal Stables and Court Theatre, we walk over to the garden of the Royal Library where the Provisions House and the Arsenal Building built around 1600 remind us that this was once King Christian IV's naval harbor. After learning about Denmark 's colorful Renaissance monarch, called 'The Builder King' we stroll around the garden pond and over to a statue of the 19th-century existentialist philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, to learn about his life and works.

Leaving the garden, we arrive at the Old Stock Exchange with its dragon-spire, built in the Dutch-renaissance style during the reign of King Christian IV. Across the canal from the Old Stock Exchange is Holmen's Church built by Christian IV for the sailors who lived and worked nearby. We admire the broad inner-harbor as we cross Knipples Bridge to Christianshavn, a merchant-area and southern fortification of Copenhagen built in the renaissance by King Christian IV. Merchant's homes and charming old warehouses line the streets which bring us to one of the canals which traverse this part of the city. Our tour ends by Our Savior's Church with an external spiral-staircase winding around its copper-covered tower. Here we will learn something about religion in Denmark and the alternative community called Christiania located only a few blocks away.