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We have a 5 hour layover in Copenhagen on our return trip. Since we do not have access to the SAS lounge, we'd love to hear of your ideas of how we could spend the time. We have 3 kids who will be with us.
 

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We have a 5 hour layover in Copenhagen on our return trip. Since we do not have access to the SAS lounge, we'd love to hear of your ideas of how we could spend the time. We have 3 kids who will be with us.
Not much what you can do. The city center is just a convenient train ride away, but you need to give yourself at least 1 hour each way...

Go for a quick Tivoli tour...the main entrance is right by the central train station, and kids might enjoy some rides there...

Can you bump your outbound flight to the next day and spend an afternoon, a night and next morning there? That is what I would recommend...A full day will give you a good impression of that city...
 

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The Copenhagen airport is actually a pretty cool place ... love all the wood floors ... and it has a lot of decent shops as well. As for leaving the airport - if you only have 5 hours (from arrival to departure) that's not really leaving much. As Gasgos80 points out - you'd probably want to give yourself an hour each way ... and consider that the flight to the US will likely board 45 minutes prior to departure (my experience) so you'll want to be at the gate an hour ahead (remembering you've got security, etc. to get through). So that only leaves you a couple of hours for activities.

I second the suggestion to see if you can do a "stop over". Most airlines will allow you to take the last flight into a city and the first flight out continuing to your destination the next day without calling it a stop over. If you can arrange that ... maybe you can then spend some hours and an overnight in CPH.
 

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Ok. You'll have to be quick, and there will be a lot of walking but if you are up to it here's what you do:

1) Buy Metro tickets in the Main Terminal near the exit. The metro stop is about a 100 yards away at the end of the terminal. Be sure to buy round trip tickets (return within 72 hours). See if there is a family rate. Hold on to the tickets and make sure you stamp them in the yellow machine prior to boarding (both ways).

2) Get off at the Kongons Nytorv stop in front of the Magasin (du Nord) department store near the Strøget district.

3) Stroll through the world famous pedestrian zone shopping district down Strøget toward the Stork Fountain.

4) A little past the fountain, stop in the Royal Copenhagen and Illums Bolighus (purveyor to the Danish Royalty). Buy anything at one of these two great stores for your Danish souvenir.

5) From the fountain, head south past the statue of the Danish hero Absalon and in front of the Christianborg palace. Admire the grandeur, then cross the water to Havnegade - winding your way over to the old port section - Nyhavn.

6) Take a postcard picture of the colorful row of buildings and ships. Cross the canal and keep going down Toldbodgade to the Amalienborg Palace. Note if the flag is up, showing whether the royalty is home or not.

7) Cut over to the waterfront and keep going to the left along the water - slightly past the Kastellet (fort) on the left - to the "Little Mermaid". Be amazed at how unamazing she really is - but take lots of pictures.

8) Run back the way you came - back along the waterfront, back down Toldbodgade and almost to Nyhavn. There, you'll find a small restaurant - the Told & Snaps. Walk down the steps and order lunch (they close after lunch so you timing has to be right). Order everyone a delicious open faced sandwich.

9) Bid the owners farewell, go out to Nyhavn and go up the row of colorful buildings to the Kongens Nytorv (King's New Square). Cut back over to the metro stop in front of the Magasin. Hop on the metro (be sure to stamp the ticket). Head back to the airport.

Done!

You've just experienced Copenhagen in 3-1/2 hours! Of course, this will only make you want to come back. Enjoy!
 

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Ok. You'll have to be quick, and there will be a lot of walking but if you are up to it here's what you do:

1) Buy Metro tickets in the Main Terminal near the exit. The metro stop is about a 100 yards away at the end of the terminal. Be sure to buy round trip tickets (return within 72 hours). See if there is a family rate. Hold on to the tickets and make sure you stamp them in the yellow machine prior to boarding (both ways).

2) Get off at the Kongons Nytorv stop in front of the Magasin (du Nord) department store near the Strøget district.

3) Stroll through the world famous pedestrian zone shopping district down Strøget toward the Stork Fountain.

4) A little past the fountain, stop in the Royal Copenhagen and Illums Bolighus (purveyor to the Danish Royalty). Buy anything at one of these two great stores for your Danish souvenir.

5) From the fountain, head south past the statue of the Danish hero Absalon and in front of the Christianborg palace. Admire the grandeur, then cross the water to Havnegade - winding your way over to the old port section - Nyhavn.

6) Take a postcard picture of the colorful row of buildings and ships. Cross the canal and keep going down Toldbodgade to the Amalienborg Palace. Note if the flag is up, showing whether the royalty is home or not.

7) Cut over to the waterfront and keep going to the left along the water - slightly past the Kastellet (fort) on the left - to the "Little Mermaid". Be amazed at how unamazing she really is - but take lots of pictures.

8) Run back the way you came - back along the waterfront, back down Toldbodgade and almost to Nyhavn. There, you'll find a small restaurant - the Told & Snaps. Walk down the steps and order lunch (they close after lunch so you timing has to be right). Order everyone a delicious open faced sandwich.

9) Bid the owners farewell, go out to Nyhavn and go up the row of colorful buildings to the Kongens Nytorv (King's New Square). Cut back over to the metro stop in front of the Magasin. Hop on the metro (be sure to stamp the ticket). Head back to the airport.

Done!

You've just experienced Copenhagen in 3-1/2 hours! Of course, this will only make you want to come back. Enjoy!

You were kidding, right?
 

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I must admit, my travel adventure is much greater when I don't have the kids in tow. I did neglect to consider the time to get through security on the way back to the airport, and so we will have to determine at the moment if we will brave a trip into town. However, it's nice to hear that it is a nice airport, just in case....
 
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