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Denmark Layover for 12 hours

Hi! I would like to seek help from anyone who can assist me regarding my itinerary for things I can do in Denmark. I will be arriving at the CPH airport this October 1, 6am and will be departing 640pm. Which places must I go to in Copenhagen, etc? Is it a good idea to rent a bike or just walk around? Best tourist places to eat for some good Denmark food? What time should I go back to the airport? Thanks. Appreciate anyone who can help.

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Are you going on to a Schengen country and is your luggage checked in and will be forwarded automatically?
In that case you should be back in the airport around 5:30 PM.
If not you should be there earlier - how much earlier depends on too many things to outline here.

you will probably be out of the airport around 7am and I suggest you get some breakfast. I am not familiar with breakfast options in Copenhagen (eating breakfast at home usually) so my only suggestion would be to eat in the airport.
After that buy a "Rejsekort" (travelling card) in the arrival lounge and take the metro to Kongens Nytorv (Rejseplanen) walk down Strøget and browse the shops which should be starting to open now (Usual opening hours Sunday : 10am - 8pm).

Make a route which will bring you to 111 Gothersgade (corner of Rosenborggade) around 11:27 to see the Royal Guard muster and walk 1 mile to Amalienborg. If you have the stamina you can follow them.

After seeing the changing of the guards at Amalienborg go to Nyhavn and have lunch. Then take a boat around the harbor (The grand tour or Nettobådene).

That was my suggestion - others will chime in with their ideas :-)

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Years ago the Rejsekort was not a viable option for tourists, maybe it is now.

A person could buy a 24 hour Copenhagen Card at the airport TI that would include all transportation. OP would have to work out if that is worth the money. It's nice in that everything is covered so no fare worries, and it works for farther destinations on the island.

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I personally would recommend Rosenborg Castle! Beautiful little royal castle in the center of the city - takes about an hour to tour...make sure to see the royal jewels in the basement!
Another place I really like is the Museum of Danish Design - the gift shop alone is worth a visit and you can have coffee in the beautiful back garden. It's just a few steps away from Amalienborg if you choose to see the royal palaces and the changing of the guard.
You can easily rent a bike - they are all over the city! They are really big and heavy BUT they have a small electric "assist" motor that makes them very easy to use.
A fun place to eat is Papiroen - it's a warehouse on the other side of the river from the main part of town that has about 40+ food stalls in it. You can get something to eat or drink and sit out by the water - it's pretty great!
The main tourist office offers free walking tours - it's just across from Tivoli Gardens. Walking tour takes about 90 minutes and gives you a good orientation of the city along with it's interesting history.