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Danish Architecture – Arne Jacobsen in Klampenborg

Experience Danish world-class architecture on this private guided walking tour along Strandvejen (the coastal road).

The Danish architect Arne Jacobsen is world-famous for the furniture and lifestyle products he designed, e.g. chairs as The Egg and The Ant. But most of all he himself appreciated his work as an architect.

Join me on this guided architecture tour, where I focus on Arne Jacobsen’s works but also share stories about the master architect who was a self-ironic perfectionist who had dreamed of becoming a painter. During the walk you experience the massive and fine fingerprints that the Danish top architect put on a short distance of Strandvejen (the coastal road) in Klampenborg north of Copenhagen in the 1930s – 1960s.

When functionalism arrived in Denmark

It all started with Bellevue Beach Bath when young Jacobsen won an architecture competition. He created everything from changing rooms, ice cream stalls and tickets to the iconic lifeguard towers which are today still Bellevue Beach’s landmark. In the following years he designed the rest of The White City: The Bellevue Theater and Bellavista housing.

The White City was Jacobsen’s interpretation of functionalism, inspired by the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier and the German Bauhaus school. And the houses showed a new way of designing in Danish architecture where many people were sceptical of functionalism.

Photos from the tour – click at the photos to view a bigger version

The design studio where St. Catherine’s College was designed

Later on the townhouses Søholm were constructed and gave Arne Jacobsen his international breakthrough. Arne Jacobsen lived in Søholm for 20 years and he also had his design studio here. Famous buildings like St. Catherine’s College in Oxford and the Danish Centralbank were designed in that design studio.

While we walk through the Klampenborg neighbourhood and enjoy the view over the Øresund Sound you will also experience works by Arne Jacobsen like an indoor riding arena, a former diabetes sanatorium and the fine petrol station near the old fishing village Skovshoved.

All the buildings that we see on this guided walking tour are listed.

If you wish so you can end this tour with lunch or coffee at Skovshoved Harbour (not included).


  • Bellevue Beach Park
  • Bellevue Theater
  • Bellavista housing
  • Søholm housing
  • The White Gas Station in Skovshoved
  • Mattson’s indoor riding arena.

Important to know

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NOTE: The itinerary of this private guided tour can be changed due to your wishes. Please contact Slow Tours Copenhagen and together we will make the itinerary that suits your group.

What’s included

  • Guiding and planning
  • My services as your personal certified tourist guide
  • Recommendations for more experiences.

Do you want to experience the guided tour Danish Architecture – Arne Jacobsen in Klampenborg? Book your private tour here

Notice, we do not enter the houses we see. They are private homes.

Slow Tours Copenhagen has conducted guided tours about Arne Jacobsen’s architecture in Klampenborg since 2019 and was an official partner of World Capital of Architecture in 2023. The Arne Jacobsen tour was part of the program for World Capital of Archtecture. I have guided both Danes and foreigners, private individuals, companies, journalists etc. Should I (perhaps together with one of my skilled collaborators) also take you on a guided tour in Klampenborg about Arne Jacobsen’s architecture?

You are always welcome to contact Slow Tours Copenhagen if you have questions about the possibilities for guided tours about Arne Jacobsen’s architecture in Klampenborg.

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