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Morning flight departing from CPH, should I stay in Copenhagen or Malmo the prior evening?

Arriving and departing from CPH, planning a three city tour of Copenhagen, Hamburg, and Malmo. Iam am wondering what would be the best ordered to do it: Cop-Ham-Mal or Mal-Ham-Cop?

I think my biggest concern is getting to the airport on the last morning (flight leaves at 8:30am) so would it be more convenient to position myself in Copenhagen or Malmo for the last leg of the trip?

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Copenhagen, Hamburg and Malmø is an unusual combination. How much time do you have?
If your flight leaves from CPH, then stay there for the last Night. Most people would visit Malmø as a day trip anyway, though it is not the most interesting day trip from CPH in my opinion.

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We'll be there 9 nights, so I was thinking about 3 nights per city, though I'm certainly open to suggestion.

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Suggestions would depend on your interests. What type of things would you like to see?
And the combination Hamburg, Copenhagen and Malmø is unusual, so Why have you chosen these destinations?

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In terms of interests, for the most part I just enjoy walking around cities exploring, or checking out historical sites. Maybe some swimming in the Baltic/North Seas. I'm pretty flexible.

I chose these 3 destinations because I'm flying into and out of Copenhagen, and the other two cities seem relatively easy to get to by train, so I could visit 3 different countries in one trip.

You say this itinerary is unusual, do you not recommend it? I'm not married to it.

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Hamburg is definitely your outlier here.
Malmo is good for a quick day trip across the bridge from Copenhagen but there really isn't too much there.
If it were me I'd stay in Copenhagen the last night before I fly especially with a flight that early...you need to be at the airport at the crack of dawn. It's very easy to get from Copenhagen city center to the airport via public transport.

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If your main objective is to cross as many borders as possible, then the itinerary is perfect. Personally I would choose my destinations based on what sights peak my interests rather than just ticking of a new country on my travel list.

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For three days, skip Malmo and take the train to Stockholm. Can't you fly home from there? Second choice, Gothenberg. Hamburg is a long, expensive ride to Copenhagen. Can't you fly to Hamburg? Ham-Cph-Stoc.

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@Anita - By "Hamburg is definitely your outlier here," do you mean it's not worth it? Based on what I looked into, it'd be about 5 hours/80€ on train.

@Morten - "Crossing borders" isn't my main objective, but I don't think it's mutually exclusive with seeing interesting sites. I figured I'd try different cities while in the region for different experiences. But I'm not familiar with the area, maybe there's nothing interesting in Hamburg or Malmo, do you think I'd be better off just sticking around Copenhagen?

@Tim - I looked into what you suggest, but Copenhagen is significantly cheaper to fly into than Hamburg, so wherever else I go, I'll have to eventually circle back to Copenhagen. Do you think it's worth it, based on my time frame (9 nights) to try to do Hamburg (if you're familiar with it)?

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I would also suggest Copenhagen and Stockholm. Plenty to do in those two cities for nine nights. Could take the train to Stockholm then fly back. Morten can give you a lot of great ideas for day trips from Copenhagen, I suggest Roskilde for one.

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The typical day trips from Copenhagen are Roskilde, Helsingør and Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød.

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@Vandrabrud and Morten - Okay, revising my plans. If I have 7 full days (not counting travel days) to split between Copenhagen and Stockholm, should I do 4 in Copenhagen and 3 in Stockholm, or vice versa?