I have a thing for colorful houses. There’s no better place to see beautiful rainbow colored blocks than in the capital of Denmark: Copenhagen. As many of you, my readers, know – I LOVE a long layover! A long layover can lower the price of your flight. It also allows you to rest in between flights. More importantly, it allows you to explore a new destination. I often get asked, what if you don’t have enough time to see everything? Typically, a layover is not enough to see everything no matter where you go. But you get definitely get a good feel of the city and know right away if you want to return. I usually plan my layovers very well and get as much in to my day as possible.
Here’s a breakdown of how you can spend 7 hours in this colorful Nordic town
Take the Metro
Copenhagen has one of the easiest metro systems I have ever used. Avoid wasting money and taking the taxi. The metro leaves from terminal 3 about every 5 minutes. Don’t worry about getting on the wrong train because it only goes in one direction ! Leaving from the airport on the bottom right corner on the map, you’ll want to go to the Kongens Nytorv station on the yellow line (no transfers). The price is around $5 USD.
Walk Around Nyhavn
The strip of the most fantastic colorful houses is located in Nyhavn. Nyhavn is a waterfront district of bright colored bars, restaurants, and cafes along the canal. I felt like a kid in a candy store ! The vibes on this electric strip were fantastic.
Take a Boat Tour
The best way to really see as much as possible is to get on the Hop On Hop Off series of either bus or boat. I first discovered the efficiency of these tours on my 8 hour layover in Amsterdam. In around two hours you can see some if not all of the major sights in the city that you’re in. You enjoy a complimentary guided tour and the best part about it is that you can get off wherever you want, and get back on later ! (All for a great price of around $20). Since I had little time in Copenhagen, this was my best bet on seeing as much as I can.
Explore the Backstreets of Copenhagen
I hopped off the pre-last stop of the boat tour to walk around and explore the streets surrounding Nyhavn (which became my focal point of return).
Have Lunch in a Colorful Cafe
I came back to the colorful strip for some much needed lunch. I was very eager to try some local food so I ordered Danish meatballs.
Eat Fresh Churros Under Melting Ice Cream
I just became hungry all over again. Not much more to say here.
I am so happy that I got to see so many beautiful parts of Copenhagen in just seven hours. Overall I spent just $50 – which is such a bargain for a day of exploring.