In Denmark: 3hrs in Copenhagen

On my way to Japan I had a layover in Copenhagen, I knew I had to go see some main sights as this might be my only opportunity. I only had three hours so I needed to do my research. I went to google and nothing was really helping me. So if you want three free sights to see on your layover keep reading!

From the Airport to the City

When you get to the airport follow the signs for the trains. At the ticket machine get the City Pass zones 1-4 for 80 DKK (10€). This will get you everywhere you need to go on trains, the metro and busses. The metro to Kongens Nytorv takes 16 minutes and brings you right where you want to be.

The Little Mermaid

When you get off at Kongens Nytorv, cross the road and get on the 26 bus to Indiakaj, it’s the a 5 minute walk to The Little Mermaid. You will know you found her when you see the massive crowd by the water. It will be hard to get a shot of her by herself or if you want a shot with her but there will eventually be a second you can get a clear picture.

I would then suggest walking along the water back to the city. There’s lots of interesting architecture and different sights to see along the water. It was closed when I was in Copenhagen but I would love to see the Street Food Market that is on the other side of the water across Inderhavnsbroden bridge.


I think this is the image I’ve seen the most of Copenhagen so I had to put it on my list. It a charming area with beautiful colored houses, lots of restaurants and cafes and hordes of tourists. You can catch a boat tour from here and if you cross the bridge over the water you get to the Street Food Market.Tourist areas are always going to be a tricky one, on one hand there is a reason that they are so popular, it’s an interesting or beautiful place however when that area becomes too catered to tourist it can get a bit jaded. Going from one end to the other it went from charming to oh look a gentleman’s club. If that’s what you’re into, than have at it but it becomes less quaint. It is still a beautiful area that should be on your list.

The Tower

The last thing that I had time for was to go to the tower that is attached to Christianborg Palace. I had seen it was recommended to go around sunset so after I finished at Nyhavn I wondered over to the palace building. I got through to the tower behind the front entry through the courtyard.I love towers , I love the struggle of climbing hundreds of stairs to reach the top. However this wasn’t one of those times. You take two lifts and you’re at the top. It’s free to go up so it’s a great thing to do if you’re on a budget.The views at the top are beautiful, you get a panoramic view of Copenhagen, you can see all the churches and red top buildings, Tivoli gardens and canals. Going at sunset is a great choice, I got lucky and was able to watch the sun go down as a massive orange ball.

Where I stayed

I stayed at the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, opposite the fields shopping center. It’s such a lovely hotel when you need to rest before or after a long haul flight. Big open room, with so much light. There is a shuttle that will bring you back to the airport for 15DKK which you book at reception.

The Fields shopping center is a pretty good place to shop and eat and it’s right next to the Metro station Ørestad. The city centre is 15 minutes away by metro so it’s a great location if you want to head into the city and be close to the airport.

Happy Travels!

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