Based in Denmark, First United provides high quality destination management and advisory services for corporate events in Copenhagen. We offer a single point of contact for encyclopaedic product knowledge, objective advice, and the best planning and creative services for customised event development, superb logistics co-ordination and executive onsite management for all incentives, meetings, conventions and conferences, including for both the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. First United - First Choice in Denmark.
|Vester Voldgade 83, DK-1552 |
|Tel:||+ 45 33 11 75 75|
Mr Flemming A. Madsen - Managing Director
|Specialise In||Corporate Travel, Corporate Meetings, Conference Logistics, Conferences, Corporate Functions, Corporate Group Travel, Events, Gala Dinners, Hotel Bookings, Incentives, Local Excursions, Meetings, Product Launches, Special Interest Groups, Teambuilding Events, Themed Dinners|
|Members of||ICCA, SAS|
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|Airports||Copenhagen International Airport|
|Currency||Danish krone (DKK)|
|Language||Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect), German, English|
|Driving||On the right|
Why First United?
Because our philosophy is simple ”Do only that at which we are best”.
Because our proven destination management services are hallmarked by dedication.
Because three and a half decades of successfully managing events for discerning clients vouches for our dedication.
Because we have the experience, the knowledge and the ability to live up to our philosophy.
First United is an independent Danish company, providing Destination and Logistics Management services.
Our service objective is clear: to provide clients with the best available planning and advisory services, creative solutions and technical support at all stages of an event.
Our strengths are that we are a small, cohesive unit of extremely experienced staff, have comprehensive destination knowledge, very good supplier relationships, supplier loyalty and top rate event management.
Denmark is the oldest Kingdom in the world, and thanks to the Gulf Stream waters we enjoy a moderate climate with no extreme temperatures and a gradual transition from one season to the next. This means that even though the temperature drops in the winter there is rarely snow and when it does fall it does not last for more than one or two days.
Copenhagen's international airport is Scandinavia's busiest and is continuously expanding. It is served by a large number of major international airlines and is the hub for Scandinavian Airlines' international activities.
With the numerous islands that compose Denmark it has a longer coastline than California! In addition to Denmark itself, the kingdom also includes the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Let 5,000,000 Danes define Denmarks national word "hygge" or cosiness and no where more so than in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen has been the capital of Denmark for almost 600 years. The soldier-bishop, Absalon - the site chosen being favourable both in terms of trade and defence, founded the city. Located at the entrance to the Baltic, it is the world's gateway to Scandinavia and Scandinavia's door to Europe.
Copenhagen is one of the leading design capitals of Europe as well as the gastronomic centre of Scandinavia with no less than 10 restaurants with Michelen stars and Voted as one of the trendiest capitals in Europe.
Why organise an event here? Lots of history, beautiful sights, friendly inhabitants, atmosphere, authenticity and the super selection of tour possibilities. Great social events, superb food, the Tivoli Gardens, real Danish pastry and lots of fun to be had. Not forgetting the cool Danish beer.
Denmark - It's green and clean and is a city on the human scale. A city where you feel comfortable and at home because it is, just as the song describes it, Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen!
Arrival at Copenhagen International Airport, where you will be met by your transfer managers and assisted to the waiting limousines or motor coaches for the short transfer to the hotel in central Copenhagen.
Check-in at your hotel.
This afternoon, enjoy the best possible introduction to Copenhagen on a panorama drive through the city.
Transfer this evening from the hotel to The Royal Danish Shooting Society at Sølyst.
Arrive at The Royal Danish Shooting Society, where your arrival will be heralded by a guard of honour from the historic Frederiksborg Halbardier Guards.
During Cocktails, there will be entertainment by a classical harp/violin duo.
Dinner is announced in the traditional Shooting Society manner - a resounding blow on the society's large brass gong.
During dinner, you can continue to enjoy the agreeable music provided by Romantic Strings.
After dinner, the tempo for the evening changes as the mellow dinner music is replaced by the insistent and inciting rhythms provided by the DJ, that will get everybody on their feet.
Transfer by motor coaches from the Royal Shooting Society to your hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Leave Copenhagen for a an excursion with Renaissance Glory and Shakespearian Drama as the main features - Frederiksborg Palace and Kronborg Castle.
Transfer this evening from the hotel to Copenhagen's most famous plot of land; the Tivoli Gardens.
This evening enjoy dinner at the superb, exclusive restaurant; The Paul.
Transfer back to your hotel
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure transfers from the hotel to the airport by limousines or motor coaches.
THE CITY TOUR OF COPENHAGEN (2½ - 3 HRS)
Enjoy the best introduction to Copenhagen as this panorama drive through the city will introduce you to "Wonderful Copenhagen" and all the main sights of interest. You will see City Hall, pass the Tivoli Gardens and State Museum of Art before passing the Swedish Church and the Citadel to see the world famous Little Mermaid. The old world district of Nyboder, the Gefion Fountain and the almost sculptural park "Amaliehaven" are close by and from here there is a terrific view of the new Opera House. Later, a stop at the imposing Amalienborg Palace, home of the Danish Royal Family - four palaces built around an expansive, cobblestone square before passing through the old world district of Christianshavn, before seeing the beautiful and unusal architecture of Christian IV's Stock Exchange, the Naval Church (where most Royal Weddings take place), Christiansborg Castle, the National Museum and the Glyptotek.
THE VIKING TOUR (5 HRS)
Denmark's kings were Vikings - and once upon a time, the Vikings lorded it over much of Europe - trading, marauding and conquering vast areas of maritime western Europe. The tour takes the back roads west from Copenhagen past the long barrows near Ledøje, after which you reach the shallow and sheltered waters of Roskilde Fjord, favoured by the Vikings for easy protection and easy access to the open sea. Following the shore of the fjord, you reach the town of Roskilde, where a visit is made to the Viking Ship Museum which houses the remains of 5 Viking ships salvaged from the bed of the fjord and painstakingly preserved. A short drive to the centre of Roskilde for a visit to the twin-spired Cathedral. Until the early 15th century, Roskilde was the capital of Denmark. Proof of its strategic importance in the early Middle Ages as all Danish monarchs were buried here. Although no longer the capital, Danish Kings and Queens are still laid to rest in Roskilde. Return to Copenhagen, arriving in the early afternoon.
RENAISSANCE GLORY AND SHAKESPEARIAN DRAMA (7½ HRS)
Leave Copenhagen, driving northwest through Lyngby and Holte before reaching the pleasant, undulating and wooded countryside of North Sealand and continuing to Hillerød.
Here you will see a monumental building that is a tribute to one of the dominant figures amongst Danish monarchs - Christian IV - as you visit what is perhaps the finest testament to his visions as a royal commissioner of buildings; Frederiksborg Palace. Built on a small island in a lake, Frederiksborg is a magnificent Renaissance palace - beautifully situated and unbelievably detailed, both inside and out, which today houses the Museum of Danish National History. Your visit completed, the tour continues via Fredensborg where a stop is made to see Fredensborg Palace which is the Spring and Autumn residence of the Royal Family to the Øresund coast for lunch.
After lunch, continue along the scenic coastal road to Helsingør, where you find Kronborg Castle, originally built to dominate and control the narrow straits that form the entrance to the Sound, which is also famous for being the setting for Shakespeare's "Hamlet". Having toured the castle, it is not difficult to imagine Hamlet stalking the massive castle walls, his mood dark and brooding and almost as inhibiting as the walls themselves. After your visit, depart from Kronborg and drive back to Copenhagen, first along the main road through the agricultural countryside before rejoining the picturesque coastal road that winds its way through small villages and fashionable residential areas dotted along the coast towards the capital. Along the way, enjoy the beautiful views across the Sound to Sweden before reaching the outskirts of Copenhagen and shortly thereafter your hotel.
THE FINE ARTS TOUR (4 HRS)
Copenhagen has a wealth of fine art museums from which to choose from, each with its own atmosphere and emphasis. This tour highlights two of the museums which feature the works of artists from various countries and various centuries. The State Museum of Fine Arts is Denmark's largest art museum, built by the architect Vilhelm Dahlerup. It houses, of course, the Royal collection of prints and sculptures as well as a broad cross-section of European and Danish artists, including a rich selection of Dutch and Flemish artists - Rubens, Rembrandt and also an extensive collection of Danish "Golden Age" painters, notably Eckersberg and Købke, together with 20th century French artists of which Henri Matisse is, perhaps, the best known.
Continue to the Glyptotek, also designed by Vilhelm Dahlerup. The Glyptotek, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, has a marvellous collection of 19th and 20th century French works of art by Gauguin, Degas and Rodin, wonderful sculptures by the Dane, Kaj Nielsen and in the historic section, a comprehensive collection of Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman works of art. From the Glyptotek, return to your hotel.
(The visits in the above tour are interchangeable with other art museums, dependent on any special interests, such as: Thorvaldsens Museum - wonderful sculptures by Bertel Thorvaldsen, David's Collection - European/Islamic fine art & decorative art, Ordrupgaard Collection - 19th/20th. century French & Danish painting or other galleries, depending on the preference of the client).
TALE OF TWO COUNTRIES (8½ HRS)
A tour to Sweden is just another of Copenhagen's many attractions. Less than an hour away, across the Øresund Link and the impressive 17km tunnel/bridge project that links Denmark with Sweden, and you are in Limhamn, just south of Malmö. The Øresund Link has made a vast improvement to the infrastructure of the region, adding impetus to international investment in the region. Thanks to its fertile agricultural soil, the verdant province of Skåne was once one of the wealthiest areas of Sweden and it became a cradle of development and learning. In Dalby, you will find a unique piece of history; the church in Dalby, which is the first stone-built church in Scandinavia. In the neighbouring village of Hällestad the church has 3 pre- Christian, Viking runic stones embedded in the walls.
Enjoy lunch in rural surroundings before driving on to the university town of Lund, where a visit is paid to the magnificent Cathedral before reaching Malmö. After a brief tour of the city, there will be time to shop for a Swedish souvenir, before re-crossing the bridge to Copenhagen.
Axelborg was built in 1920 and was, at the time, the largest commercial edifice in Denmark, situated in the heart of Copenhagen opposite the Tivoli Gardens. During 2000, The Hall and The Safe Room were completely refurbished and changed to create a versatile, multi-functional venue for banquets and today Axelborg is one of the most elegant banquet venues in central Copenhagen. The original oak panels, the two large staircases and the ceiling height of almost 11 metres to the glass ceiling, combine to present a setting that is elegant, beautiful and yet restrained. The impressive entrance, through large heavy bronze doors with a relief symbolising Denmark's industries, leads to the tower vestibule, from where there is access to the Safe Room, one floor down, and the Axelborg Hall. The restrained elegance of the Axelborg Hall, approximately 425 m² floor area, is in contrast to the decoration of the Safe Room, hidden behind the massive safe doors (weight in excess of 2 tons!), with its pillars and arches in light and bright colours give a different feel than the classic hall.
THE MOLTKE PALACE
This mansion was built in the early years of the 18th century by Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve (an extra-marital son of King Frederik III!) and it remained a family property until 1783, when it changed hands. During the next century, various members of the nobility owned the building until, in 1852, the Moltke family (having sold their town home - Amalienborg Palace - to the Royal Family) took possession of the palace and renamed it. In 1930, the Craftsmens' Guild purchased the building and during 2005/2006 the palace was extensively renovated and restored, to once again reflect the elegance and aura of the Baroque Age.
THE ROYAL SHOOTING CLUB
This unique manor house is set in its own park, only 11 km from the centre of Copenhagen. The building, with a stunning view of the Øresund strait separating Denmark and Sweden, was built in 1725 by a Dutch merchant as a magnificent summer residence. From 1776, it was owned by Count Schimmelman, who entertained the greatest personalities of the time in the fields of art, literature and science.
Since 1949, it has been the home of The Royal Copenhagen Shooting Society and Danish Brotherhood, which can trace its history as far back as 1344. Many of the centuries-old traditions are still kept alive by today's members. The style, ambience and decor are unique, not only in Denmark but in Europe as a whole. Sølyst is not a restaurant, it is a mansion which will be opened for you and your guests. A very special feature of Sølyst is the hundreds of targets from the Shooting Association, some of them dating back to 1772, which lend a very charming and unusual atmosphere to the building.
NY CARLSBERG GLYPTOTEK
The Glyptotek was founded in 1897 by brewer Carl Jacobsen, who was an avid art collector, owning the largest private art collection of his time. The architect was Vilhelm Dahlerup who was the leading Danish architect of the age and the museum was named after the Carlsberg brewery, adding 'Glyptotek', meaning 'collection of sculpture'. At the heart of the museum, there is a large winter garden with modern sculptures under a grandiose dome. Jacobsen was equally interested in French and Danish art, and antique art originating from the Mediterranean area. To this day, the museum is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation. The Glyptotek has a marvellous collection of 19th and 20th century French works of art by Gauguin, Degas and Rodin, as well as Danish Golden Age paintings, wonderful sculptures by the Dane Kaj Nielsen and in the antique section is a comprehensive collection of Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman works of art. The largest collection of Etruscan art in Northern Europe is housed here, as is the largest collection of Roman busts in the world, and a world-famous Egyptian 12th dynasty royal bust. In 1996, a grand modern addition was built in the inner court to accommodate properly the French painting collection and in 2006 another refurbishment was completed, so that today it is in every respect one of the city's most attractive museums. The spacious winter garden with Kai Nielsen's wonderful sculpture 'Vandmoderen' from 1920 makes a superb setting for cocktail receptions. For banquets, the Ceremonial Hall is a superb setting for 350 persons for a seated dinner and 1200 persons for a cocktail reception.
STATENS MUSEUM FOR KUNST
Statens Museum for Kunst is the Danish National Gallery and is located close to the city centre, near Rosenborg Palace. The museum is Denmark's largest art museum and was designed (like many of the imposing late 19th century buildings) by Vilhelm Dahlerup and built in 1896. It houses the Royal collection of paintings, prints, and sculptures as well as a broad cross-section of European and Danish artists from the 13th century until the present. A rich selection of Dutch and Flemish artists, including Rubens and Rembrandt, an extensive collection of Danish 'Golden Age' painters, notably Eckersberg and Købke, together with 20th century French artists of which Henri Matisse is probably the best known. Altogether, the collection boasts nearly 9,000 paintings and sculptures, approximately 300,000 prints and sketches, and more than 2,600 plaster casts of ancient sculptures. In 1998, a huge modern addition to the neoclassical building was opened to facilitate the display of more works of art, particularly sculptures. The covered "sculpture street" in the new wing is a fine setting for social functions as well as exhibitions and other events, with a capacity for 1,000 seated guests for dinner.
BELLA CENTER (Copenhagen)
The Bella Center is a top of the line conference center with facilities capable of hosting any type of event, including fairs, exhibits, meetings of all sizes, international conferences and upscale functions. 115.000m2 (373.750ft2), 4 auditoriums, 19 meeting rooms and 10 - 14 multifunctional exhibition halls.
WELCOME GIFTS AND RECOGNITION AWARDS - another opportunity to promote corporate spirit, profile the destination or simply say "thank you" with high quality, local products.
FANFARES OR INTERLUDES - musical salutes, upon arrival at a hotel or an event venue.
GUARDS OF HONOUR - at the entrance to the gala dinner venue, add colour to the event.
FLOWERS - add a really Danish touch to an event in Copenhagen, with flower girls handing out flowers to the ladies (and even buttonholes for the gentlemen) or bouquets to special guests.
VETERAN STEAM LOCOMOTIVE - when pulling its full complement of old carriages of all classes, complete with old fashioned bar, really adds character to a tour or an event.
and many other activities or embellishments - gourmet cooking courses, schooner sailing, dragon boat racing, bicycle rally, treasure hunt, city photo safaris, go-kart grand prix, rock climbing and rappelling, parachuting - solo or tandem, survival trials, car handling challenge, sailing and handling replica Viking longboats and more…
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