CPH – Copenhagen – Denmark
Copenhagen Airport is actually a lot like Denmark in a nutshell. It looks nice and fashionable, it follows the latest trends, it has good taste and still keeps a certain charm to it with it’s numerous pølsevogns. Also that big Carlsberg sign in the baggage area just screams Denmark to everyone who has made the journey here.
I actually have to say this airport is one of the nicest ones I have been stuck at when my flight was delayed. There is a kind of calming hygge and warmth about it on a cold autumn evening and in the summer the light of the long Nordic evenings pours through the big windows into every corner of the airport.
But at the same time there is also a slight sloppiness to the airport that might be why other Nordic countries sometimes call Danes the lazy ones among the Nordics. This is not an airport where you want to go looking for the cleanest lounges, most spacious toilets or most organised check in areas. These are however many times the things you want most of your time at the airport. Don’t get me wrong CPH, shopping for the latest fashion at your high street brand stores is fun, but keep an eye out for the balance.
TOP 3 of CPH
- Landing in the summer evening sun with a view to the Øresund Bridge
- Access to/from central Copenhagen takes less than 15 minutes
- Actually a pretty entertaining and cozy airport
WORST 3 of CPH
- Check in area gets extremely crowded since departure and arrival are in the same hall
- If you are not used to Danish prices, this airport is very expensive. Actually it is very expensive even if you are used to Danish prices
TOP 3 THINGS TO BUY
- LAKRIDS by Johan Bülow – probably the best candy in the world (Terminal 2)
- A freshly made juice or smoothie from JOE & THE JUICE (Terminal 2, 3 & Baggage reclaim area)
- Nordic design form any of the multiple design stores. Perhaps the best being Illums Bolighus (Terminal 2)
BONUS: buy a kanelsnegle from Lagkagehuset. This is a good example of the classic Cinnamon Roll
To sum it up, CPH airport actually gives you a glimpse of Denmark but by no means should you miss the opportunity to wander further. If your layover here is several hours, take the short metro ride to Kongens Nytorv and explore the city centre or hop off at Christianshavn and visit the extraordinary free town of Christiania.
Vi ses København.