Copenhagen in Pictures
↑ Lock your bicycles on this dog-themed bike rack
Few months ago while travelling from Turkey to Canada, I had a 18-hr layover in Copenhagen. I was excited to see this Danish city and check out its cycling infrastructure and old buildings in the city core.
Let me walk you through some of the things I did, and maybe you’ll get some ideas too. If your layover is anywhere more than four hours, an excursion to Copenhagen is definitely doable and worth it.
Train station at about 7pm
Cyclists in dedicated bike lane. Forty percent of Copenhageners use their bike everyday and the city has been designed to cater for cyclists with separate bicycle lanes on most larger roads.
City hall and main square
Sale! Shopping district in beautiful old historic brick buildings – a sight you don’t see often.
Behind the library on a foggy night. Bicycles everywhere!
Bike parking at Nørreport, a major subway station. I hope one day we will have this level of sophistication in Toronto, and elsewhere North America – at least during the non-peak winter months.
A market plaza with the statue of Absalon facing the Christiansborg Palace in the background. This building is the seat of the Danish Parliament, Prime Minister’s Office, Denmark’s Supreme Court and other Royal sections.
Walking along the canals at Ved Stranden
Between these official-looking buildings, you’ll spot apartments, offices, bakeries, and even gay bars. Cph is one of the most progressive and liberal cities when it comes to LGBT rights.
Dog-themed (or is it a cat?) bike parking racks. Nice little touch of life to cold metal objects.
Historic red brick buildings
The pedestrian-only path crisscrosses through larger streets
Downtown train station (København H) is fifteen minutes away from the airport.
The main train station (København H) is busy, with numerous lines passing through it.
If you only have few hours to spend, I’d suggest you hit the Indre By “Inner city” neighbourhood. As the historical center, it is the home of most of Copenhagen’s attractions, nightlife options, and hotels. A direct train from the airport makes it convenient to visit. Strøget, a network of connected pedestrian-only cobblestone streets in the heart of the old city, is known for shopping and hanging out. Numerous cafes and little restaurants, clothing and apparel stores, bars and nightclubs etc. located inside historic buildings is a much pleasant experience than the mall culture predominantly seen in North America.
Things to do during a layover in Copenhagen