I'm currently trying to finalise my tickets for this and I'm struggling to find anything on the cheaper end of the spectrum (early Sept).

Looking to arrive at Copenhagen mid-afternoon, which means overnighting in Germany somewhere, then taking the (somewhere)->Hamburg->Copenhagen train, which is fine and reasonably priced

The problem is getting London->Germany. All the trips that aren't leaving London at 6am are of the order 129. The one exception is via cologne which is 79 for the night, but leaving 6am the following morning.

I've looked at Hamburg, Hannover, Osnabrück, cologne, bremen, dusseldorf, dortmund.

The very cheapest I've found the entire journey is 128, with a nice 6am start in dortmund/dusseldorf/cologne. :-/

Does anyone have any suggestions for an improved version of this?