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Special events and tours

Special events

Welcoming reception at Frederiksberg City Hall, August 4th, 2009
A reception is offered at Frederiksberg City Hall on August 4th at 19:00. There is no charge.

Congress Dinner, August 7th, 2008
On Friday August 7th at 19:00 the Congress Dinner will be held at the Restaurant Oddplace, at the center of Copenhagen. The restaurant serves high quality Danish food. The Dinner will include welcome aperitif, buffet menu, two glass of white and red wine, icewater.
Congress Dinner Venue: Restaurant Oddplace 

Meeting point: Restaurant Oddplace 

Duration: 3 hours

Price: 270 DKK  

Transportation to Malmoe University, August 8th, 2008
The last congress day will take place at Malmoe University. The Malmoe city can be reached by ferry or by train. The transportation is included in the congress fee.

Optional ferry trip to Malmoe
The check-in time is 07:00, and boat will leave Copenhagen harbour at 07:15 and arrive at Malmö harbour by Malmö University at 09:10. The ferry trip will take you past the northern part of Amager Island and the offshore windmill park Middelgrund. The tour will include breakfast and talk of the development of Amager from farmland to town by Dr. Karl Erik Frandsen, Copenhagen University.

Meeting point: Havnegade 39. Cph, (please be there no later than 07:00). 

From Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel (Conference venue) the Metro runs from Frederiksberg St. to Kgs. Nytorv St. which is 10 minutes from the meeting point.

Breakfast is offered at the ferry but will have to be ordered in advance.
Price: 80 DKK

Optional train trip to Malmoe
The train runs from Copenhagen Central Station every 20 minutes. The trip takes 40 minutes.
Price: Free

Return train to Copenhagen
All participants will travel from Malmoe back to Copenhagen on the 8th 2009 by train. Tickets will be distributed in Malmoe.
Price: Free

Tours NB: per 9 July, do to necessary bookings it is no longer possible to sign up for the social tours on Wednesday evening and Sunday.

Optional Evening Tours August 5th, 2008
We offer a number of evening tours on Wednesday August 5th, 2008. All tours will depart 19:00 from the Radisson SAS Falconer Centre. Time will be announced in the program.

The tours will include guided visits to the sites described. Some tours have a limited number of participants.

1. Environment and government
Denmark was the first country to have a Ministry of the Environment, dating back to 1971. However, environmental protection has a much longer history, starting centuries ago with the legislation against sand drift in 1792 and the law on forest preservation from 1805. The first, national, nature conservation act was enacted by the Danish Government in 1917. The first spatial planning legislation occurred, in 1923, on city development. A coherent spatial planning started, after 1970, with a registration and organisation of interests and possibilities, and the law on city and open-land zoning has governed spatial planning since 1969. The Danish Government is situated in the former royal castle – Christiansborg. We will visit the Government building and have a talk on the history of nature conservation. 

Meeting point: Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel (Conference venue) (please be there no later than 18:50)

Transport: Bus

Duration:  1½-2 hours

Price:   150 DKK

2. Mermaids, longshoremen and ship owners - a tour in the maritime history of Copenhagen
This tour will take you on a sailing trip to the historical port of Copenhagen. For centuries, Copenhagen was the centre of Danish shipping and shipbuilding. The tour will commence in the medieval port of Copenhagen, close to Parliament, and proceed through the canals of Christianshavn, a centre for overseas trade and shipbuilding from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. The boat will pass the site of the first Danish steam shipyard and enter the twentieth century port of container and ro/ro shipping. Recently, parts of the industrial port have been redeveloped for urban purposes, and the boat will pass new offices and apartments in the former Free Port of Copenhagen. Finally, the tour offers a glimpse of a mermaid!

Meeting point: Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel (Conference venue) (please be there no later than 18:50)

Transport: The Metro from Frederiksberg St. to Kgs. Nytorv St.

Duration:  1½-2 hours

Price:   170 DKK

3. Reading the body – environment and health at the Medical Museion
Medicinsk Museion combines research and education with outreach, including exhibitions and collections.The museum works with health and illness in culture and in history. They analyse how medical knowledge and practice has affected our lives and how culture has affected medical development in the past and at present. The relationship between medicine on the one hand and ethics, politics, religion, literature and art are among the Museion’s research areas. The museum is situated in the old Royal Surgical Academy, from 1787. On this tour, the museum’s hosts will show us the development of medical science over the last centuries, through exhibitions on anatomy, surgery, gynaecology etc.
For further information, see:

Meeting point: Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel (Conference venue) at 18:00, (please be there no later than 17:50)

Transport: Bus

Duration:  1½-2 hours

Price:  170 DKK

4. Environmentally Copenhagen - Past & Present
This tour is specially designed for the congress participants by the centre for eco-friendly tourism at Roskilde University, where graduates of the tourism studies will guide you through the city of Copenhagen

Meeting point: Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel (Conference venue) (please be there no later than 18:50)

Duration:  1½-2 hours

Price: 100 DKK

5. Free Town Christiania – alternative living
Free town Christiania The town was founded in 1971, when squatters took over a deserted military area. Today it houses a large diversity of people. Many of the houses have been built, by the inhabitants, from recycled materials. The free town is partly self-governing, with it’s own rules. The tour will take us through the town. We will visit the local factories and the beer house. We will have a local guide, who will talk of the history of the town and the present days situation.

Meeting point: Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel (Conference venue) (please be there no later than 18:50)

Transport: Bus

Duration:  1½-2 hours

Price:  170 DKK

Post-Congress tours 
Saturday August 8
1. Malmö – Urban environmental history across the centuries
By foot, bus and boat, we will explore the environmental history of Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden. The tour begins in the mediaeval church of St. Peter and takes us through different phases of the city’s development; we will pass Malmöhus Castle and the harbour, where de-industrialization have posed new challenges to the city. The limestone quarry on the outskirts of the city is a spectacular experience and a formidable reminder of how industrialization could change the landscape. The tour ends at the city hall, where we are invited for a light supper.

Meeting point: Orkanen Building at 16:00

Duration: 1½-2 hours

Price: 300 DKK (including light supper)

Sunday August 9
2. Tour to Island Hven and visit to the Tycho Brahe museum
The Swedish island of Hven was the seat of the Renaissance scientist Tycho Brahe’s observatory. Today the island is known for the Tycho Brahe museum and for the production of organic durum wheat and whisky.  Located in Øresund between Denmark and Sweden, the island is approximately 4,5km long and 2,4km wide and has only 360 inhabitants.  The tour will include round trip ferry transportation to Hven Island (approximate 1½ hour journey), local transportation, visit to Tycho Brahe’s Museum, lunch, tour around the island.  For further information, see:  

Meeting point: Havnegade 39, Cph. at 09:00

Duration: 09:00-17:30

Price: 700 (including lunch)

3. Viking ship boat trip in Roskilde
Roskilde is one of Denmark's oldest cities. Its history dates back more than 1000 years when the Vikings established a thriving market centre. The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde was founded to exhibit the archaeological find of five 11th-century ships from Skuldelev, in Roskilde Fjord, excavated in 1962. This museum is now an internationally renowned centre for maritime archaeological research and outreach in Denmark. The museum is hosting this tour, where you will be shown the museum exhibitions, including their archaeological workshop, and you will sail on Roskilde Fjord in a Norwegian traditional boat with rough sails. This museum is also leading in the field of experimental archaeology, with its reconstructions of replicas of ancient vessels. You will go on board the “Sea Stallion of Glendalough”, the reconstruction of the Irish longship from the Skuldelev find, and hear of the drama of the sailing of this vessel on the high seas, from one of the crew members.
For further information, see:

Meeting point: Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel (Conference venue) at 08.50

Transport: Bus

Duration: 6 hours. 09:00-15.00 

Price:  600 DKK

4. Unique cultural heritage in the forests of North Zealand and visit to Kronborg castle – a world heritage site
The beautiful forests of North Zealand are heavily influenced by their vicinityproximity to the capital. The excursion will take you on a foot tour, by foot, through the Rude Forest, which is full of traces of its historical use, exploited peat bogs, roads, and systems of old  fishing ponds, some of which are now being restored for nature's sake. On the way to Elsinore, you will pass Store Dyrehave (The Greater Deer Park), one of the numerous former royal forests in which the unique system of hunting roads is best preserved.

In Helsingør (Elsinore) where we will visit Kronborg castle from 1582 – a world heritage site.
Kronborg stands as one of the most magnificent Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and played an important role in the control of the Øresund trade, providing a third of the Danish state’s income at the time. The site was internationally immortalized when Shakespeare chose it as his setting for the tragedy of Hamlet.  The Danish Maritime Museum is situated at Kronborg castle. We will visit the museum to see the fine collection of ship models.

Meeting point: Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel (Conference venue) at 08.50

Transport: Bus

Duration:  09:00-17:00

Price:  600 DKK


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