Come back to your Scandinavian home this summer to rediscover the magic of Copenhagen while connecting with DIS friends and fellow alumni on the DIS Homecoming Tour.
This is a great opportunity to share your Copenhagen home with loved ones, whether you were a DIS student 5, 10, or 40+ years ago, as each day includes optional activities to choose from, whether you’re interested in adult-only or family-friendly activities.
Enjoy three days of carefully curated activities guided by expert DIS faculty. Whether you’re interested in Danish design, the history of the Vikings or the Danish royal family, love eating Nordic food, or are curious about the Danish model of social trust or the LGBTQ+ movement – you’re sure to have fun! There will also be time to celebrate your DIS reunion with former classmates during the Homecoming Tour.
And why not extend your visit and attend one of Europe’s largest music festivals, the Roskilde Music Festival , happening June 29 -July 6. And as a special offer, there will be a chance for a few participants to come behind the scenes of this famous festival to learn more about what happens beyond the music. (More information when you register).
So find that passport, dust off your suitcase and come visit Copenhagen in June!
Tuesday June 25 – Historical Copenhagen:
Choose between exploring the history of the Vikings or the Christiansborg Castle, then relax on a canal boat ride, and end the day meeting old friends at a Reunion Dinner or make new ones at a wine tasting.
Read the full Tuesday itinerary
Optional Afternoon Activities:
A. The Vikings of Copenhagen (Adults only)
While Copenhagen was not the capital during the Viking era, this tour will trace how the city evolved during the Viking times. See and learn more about various important artifacts of this time in the Viking Exhibit at the National Museum before walking to Christiansborg Palace to see the ruins of Bishop Absalon’s fortress. With DIS Faculty member, Janis Granger
B. Royal Reception Rooms, Christiansborg Castle (Adults only)
Come behind the scenes to see a mixture of furniture and art objects from Danish palaces of the past and of today in the Royal Reception Rooms at Christiansborg Palace, which are used by H.M. the Queen and the Royal family for grand-scale events, state visits, and ambassadorial receptions. With DIS Faculty member, Steffen Løvkjær
C. Copenhagen City Museum (Family-friendly)
Join this fun dive into historic Denmark and Copenhagen on a guided visit to the Copenhagen City Museum. Maybe you still remember Christian the 4th or some of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories (many of which are based upon true events in Copenhagen)? Join us to learn more and recall what you once learned. With DIS Faculty member, Catharina Rosendal
Then enjoy a late afternoon Historical Canal Tour (Family-friendly)
This one-hour canal tour will be a journey through time, as we navigate the heart of Copenhagen, revealing the city’s rich history and bright new modern architecture along the picturesque eco-friendly waterfront. With DIS Faculty member, Suzanne de Cunha Bang
A. DIS Reunion Dinners (Adults only)
Spend the evening with former classmates and alumni from your DIS year at DIS-supported reunion dinners throughout the city. Contact our team if you’re interested in having a dinner organized for your group!
B. European Wine Tasting (Adults only)
Through a sampling of six wines focusing on the major grape varieties in Europe, this session will introduce you to some of the basics of wine production traditions and philosophies and give you an understanding of the importance of the balance between winemaker interventions and nature. Includes light snacks. With DIS Faculty member, Ian Terkildsen.
C. Enjoy the evening on your own
Wednesday, June 26 – Danish Design:
Bike through the city’s architectural highlights, ski down Copenhill, or be inspired by Inclusive urban design, and enjoy magical Tivoli.
Read the full Wednesday itinerary
Optional Morning Architectural Bike Tour (Adults only)
An immersive cycling experience through urban spaces around the harbor front that you might not experience on foot or find on your own. The tour will focus on the design of Copenhagen’s public spaces, social waterfront, and bike infrastructure that make the city human-scaled and bike-friendly. Bikes provided by DIS. All participants should feel comfortable biking when signing up for this tour. With DIS faculty and alumni Dani Hill
Lunch on your own
Optional Afternoon Activities
A. Sustainable Urban Development Tour (Adults only)
Explore architectural and engineering feats like the famed Marble Church, The Royal Danish Playhouse, street food booths, and new bicycle drawbridges by Nyhavn before ending at Copenhill, a year-round ski slope atop Copenhagen’s revolutionary waste-to-energy plant. After a unique tour of the facility, there will be a chance to ski for those interested. With DIS Faculty member, David Possen
B. Inclusive Urban Design Tour (Family-friendly)
Join this tour as we PLAY our way through areas of the city that have been designed to include the broadest possible spectrum of human bodies, senses, genders, and ages embracing human diversity as a strategy for leaving no one behind – young and old. With DIS faculty member, Heitor Garcia Lantarón
Enjoy the evening on your own, perhaps in Tivoli Gardens
It’s summertime in Tivoli! Spend the evening enjoying the magic of Tivoli Gardens on your own. Whether you’re a roller coaster fanatic, garden lover, or foodie – there is something for everyone!
Thursday, June 27 – Nordic Food & Equality:
Explore the city’s LGBTQ+ history or visit the Danish Worker’s Museum, taste your way through the history of Danish food or learn to make smørrebrød, and end the day celebrating with DIS!
Read the full Thursday itinerary
A. Copenhagen’s LGBTQ+ History Walking Tour (Adults only)
Join this special walking tour to learn more about some of the key historical events that have impacted the Danish LGBTQ+ community, including the history of the Pride flag. With DIS faculty member, Finn Ferjá
B. The Workers Museum (Family-friendly)
Denmark has few natural resources, no oil, gold, or diamonds, BUT we have trust. Join this guided tour of the Worker’s Museum, which showcases the history of the Danish labor movement, offering an understanding of the social changes influenced by this movement. With DIS faculty member, Suzanne de Cunha Bang
Nordic Food Lunch Workshop options:
A. Smørrebrød Cooking Class (Family-friendly)
Whether you are a food enthusiast or just keen to try the most popular Danish food, this 1,5 hours hands-on-workshop is the perfect introduction to traditional “smørrebrød”, but with a modern twist. This workshop is for everyone. Lunch included. With DIS Culinary Living & Learning Coordinator, Maj Splidsboel
B. History of Food Workshop (Adults only)
Have you ever wondered what people in Denmark ate in the Stone Age or why Danish butter is celebrated as something very special? This session provides the answers. Sampling foods consumed in Denmark from the last Ice Age to the present, we’ll explore how the food items reflect an ever-changing culinary culture. Lunch included. With DIS faculty member, Catharina Rosendal
Afternoon on your own
Optional Food Walking Tour (Family-friendly)
Remember smørrebrød, kanelsneglen at St. Peter’s bakery and licorice? Taste or re-taste your way down memory lane as we explore the history of the area around DIS and its development in recent years. With foodie DIS faculty, Catharina Rosendal.
Early evening Homecoming Reception (Family-friendly)
Join us for a fun celebratory event to conclude the Homecoming Tour! More information to come.
Tour Cost for 3 days of activities:
$125 (children aged 6-17)
Tour costs are subsidized by DIS, to keep it affordable for our alumni
Included in the cost:
- Three days of curated activities with expert DIS faculty
- All entrance fees and related costs
- Entrance ticket to Tivoli
- Guided canal tour
- Guided walking & bike tours
- Wine tasting
- All transportation within the city for three days
- Two receptions and two lunches
Items not included and therefore the responsibility of tour participants:
- Travel to/from Scandinavia
- Cell phone coverage
- Visa entry requirements (if relevant)
- Personal expenses
- Meals not covered by DIS
- Transportation to/from the airport
Accommodation staff favorites:
Next House Hostel (10 minute walk), Steel House Hostel (10 minute walk), Scandic Palace Hotel (5-minute walk), citizenM Rådhuspladsen (5-minute walk), Hotel Alexandra (6-minute walk), Hotel Ascot (5 minute walk), City Hub (15 minute bus ride), DanHostel Copenhagen (10 minute walk), Hotel SP34 (5-minute walk – discount code available), Hotel Danmark (7-minute walk – discount code available)
DIS Class Reunion Dinners
The Alumni Team is eager to support you in finding former classmates and organizing a special event for your group during the tour.
Send us an email today to find out more!
Calling all Summer 1984 Architecture Alumni
Rocco Giannetti & Susan Silberberg (alumni) are already working hard to organize a dinner for your group during the Homecoming event.
Fill out this form to let them know if you’re able to join!