Nyhavn is my favourite place in Copenhagen. It was built in the 17th century by order of King Christian V. It was the port of entry to the city of Copenhagen for arriving ships. The area was full of sailors, prostitutes and breweries.

Today, the canal is a mandatory stop for everyone who visits the city. Houses from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries painted in colours, wooden boats moored at their feet, the large number of restaurants, bars and cafés to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, stand out. In summer, the terraces are full of people.

During Christmas, Christmas stalls invade the cobbled canal street.

Did you know that the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen lived at 18, 20 and 67 Nyhavn? Here, he wrote some of his tales, including “The Tinder-Box“, “The Princess and the Pea” and “Little Claus and Big Claus“.

When the weather allows it, it is possible to take a out boat along the canal and tour the main tourist spots of the city. For more information, visit the “Recommendations” section of our Copenhagen website.

Address Nyhavn

How to get there

  • Underground: Kongens Nytorv station

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