For larger groups we recommend this one-day event, which is extremely flexible and can be adjusted, more or less, to suit the expectations of the participants in terms of involvement. In terms of logistics, for the first part of the day’s programme it is essential for guests to choose three activities from the first eight options listed below.
1. A touch of history in ancient Aalborg
A guided tour of historic Aalborg. The tour begins at Aalborg’s cathedral, St. Budolfi Church, and continues round the areas of the city known as “Budolfi village”. This is Aalborg’s historic district. Visitors get a chance to experience the ancient architecture the city is so proud of, the highlight being Jens Bang’s House, a beautiful renaissance building. Guests will hear the story of Jens Bang and learn something of the monastic life at Aalborg’s All Souls Monastery, which is one of the best-preserved monasteries north of the Alps.
2. The Søgaard Microbrewery invites you to beer tasting
“The Fatal Glass of Beer” is the title of an amusing film starring the great comic actor, W.C.Fields. But the title could also easily be attached to Claus Søgaard, proprietor of Aalborg’s microbrewery Søgaards Bryghus. A beer tasting at the brewery is a great experience, where beer enthusiasts can put their taste buds to the test on several samples of the brewery’s delicious products.
3. In the distinguished company of Christian IV
In the heart of Aalborg lies Jens Bang’s House, which was built in 1624 by one of the city’s leading tradesmen, Jens Bang. In the vaulted cellars beneath the house is Duus’ Wine Cellar, the realm of the renowned Christian IV Guild.
The history of the Guild stretches back to the years of the German occupation, when the Guild played an active role in the resistance movement. They are now significantly less secret. In fact, their openness is such that visitors to the city can, for a certain fee, be admitted to membership of the Guild. Members include: the Danish royal family, George Bush, Ronald Regan, and actors such as Richard Chamberlain and Danny Kaye. The inauguration ceremony in itself is particularly entertaining, involving a variety of rituals. The inauguration concludes with a light meal and the awarding of a certificate. The certificate is accompanied by a key to the Guild’s own clubroom in Duus’ Vinkjælder.
4. In the workshop with Aalborg’s craftsmen
The city of Aalborg is known for its highly active arts and crafts environment. On this exclusive guided tour we visit the Langes, a family of craftspeople. Who for three generations have produced glass and pottery in their workshops in Aalborg’s charming Hjelmerstald. We also visit the workshop of glass blower Lene Højlund. This tour is particularly geared to those with an interest in the work and techniques of the various craftsmen.
5. Dramatic City Walk
The actors from the theater “ The Secret Theater” guides groups of up to 30 people through the history of Aalborg. This event combines history with acting and storytelling throughout the city. The tour can bo on both Danish and English.
The City walk can be combined with other events and it is possible to finish the tour at DUUS winecellarl where your guests can enjoy the classic Danish “Smørrebrød” in authentic surroundings.
6. In the artist’s studio
Artbreak Hotel is the gallery of artist Nils Sloth, where he exhibits his own works, which include paintings, drawings and prints. Artbreak Hotel is an unusual studio-cum-gallery, where you can occasionally witness the creation of a work of art, for example when etchings are being printed on the gallery’s press.
Nils Sloth is not just a recognised artist, but also an exceptionally good communicator,
When it comes to explaining art and the work of the artist. The high point of the visit comes when guests are invited to “have a go” at creating their own etching.
7. Visit KUNSTEN – an architectural masterpiece
The famous Finnish architects Elissa and Alvar Aalto designed the building that houses KUNSTEN (formerly North Jutland Museum of Art). It is an architectural jewel, an exciting place to visit at any time of the day or night, thanks to Aalto’s particular technique of directing light into the building.
Accompanied by one of the museum’s guides a tour will introduce you to many works in the museum’s collection.