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Last updated: 26 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Sarah Marshall

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With whiffs of the old Carlsberg brewery pervading the air, tours of this beer mecca cover the history of brewing and beer consumption in Denmark.

Exhibits range from the first known Danish beer to a comprehensive overview of the history of the company, with models of old workers’ quarters and antique brewing machinery.

At the end of the tour, treat yourself to a few rounds at the bar (two beers are included in the ticket). One compelling display features Egtved Girl, the preserved body of a child from prehistoric times found in a Danish bog. A small pot at her feet contained traces of beer.

Founded in Copenhagen in 1947 by J C Jacobsen, and named after his son, Carlsberg has become pretty much a trademark of Denmark, so a visit here is a history lesson in cultural iconography.

Price from: £25
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The museum is an enjoyable cycle ride from the centre, west from Vaernedamsvej along Vesterbrogade then a left turn along Pile Alle. You can also walk (20 minutes) or take a taxi (5 minutes) from downtown Vesterbro.

Head to the visitor centre, and pick up a self-guided tour, which takes about 1.5 hours. Private guided tours may also be requested (additional charge).

When to do it

It’s open all year round, Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Mondays.

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