Nyhavn
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Copenhagen's Nyhaven, or "New Harbor," is actually steeped in a long heritage. Colorful buildings line the canal and hint at a history of small-vessel traffic. Like many ports, this strip has a salty history, rich with sailors, drinking and literary exploits. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen made his home in Nyhavn as well. It's cleaned up now and is a lovely place for a stroll.
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The area
Neighborhood: Indre By (Inner City)
This is the heart of old town Copenhagen, with its blend of charming old buildings and bold new architecture, broad avenues and tiny streets as well as picturesque canals and a modern harbor. The inner city is home to the Royal Danish Theatre, which consists of three buildings, two of which are new and situated on the harbor front. The streets, squares and venues of the inner city and its surrounding neighborhoods, are alive all year round with everything from jazz festivals to outdoor ice skating rinks and parachuting at the lakes right in the center of the city. This compact area boasts beautiful old castles, tranquil parks, and bustling squares where you can always find a bench to stretch out your legs whenever you need a break.
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  • Kongens Nytorv • 4 min walk
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cbjsks
Dana Point, CA116 contributions
Sep 2022
If you are in Copenhagen you should see this historic district. The history goes back to housing and "activities" for sailors. Hans Christian Anderson wrote many of his stories while living there . Unit #18 for most of his work and #20 where he lived out the rest of his life. Even in September as a "shoulder season" this place can get crowded as it is a tourist destination. There are many restaurants there. Some are trying just to get tourists with some "deals" and some that are very nice dining experiences. Dining next to the canal and people watching is quite an experience. I recommend Restaurant Nyhavn #41 for mussels and frits. Very good wines and beers too. Top it off with an ice cream just up the street at the corner.
Written September 13, 2022
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Jan T
Leidschendam, The Netherlands1,047 contributions
Jun 2022
There are many terraces to choose from. Saturday evening, with very nice weather in June, it did take some time till we did find an empty table for diner.
Most terraces did close at 10:00PM. Only several terraces near the bridge did stay open much longer. On Sunday evening, with average (but dry) weather, it did quickly calmed down.
I did not look at the bills to avoid spoiling the experience so I don’t know if it was expensive or not. Out Dutch debit cards did work everywhere with contactless payments.
Later in the evening all terraces will be in the shadow of the buildings.

We did stay in Hotel Bethel, opposite the canal.
Written September 6, 2022
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Scott G
Los Angeles, CA438 contributions
Jun 2022
It was so great to actually be in a place I had seen so many pictures of, a truly iconic Copenhagen area! It's as pretty as it looks in pictures, and bigger than I thought, the row of multicolored buildings goes on for awhile. The multicolored buildings are on both sides of the canal, though the side with the yellow "Nyhavn 17" building is the largest and prettiest and the one seen in pictures.

I went here several times over the course of my trip, and it was alternately pouring rain with a sky full of ominous clouds (thank goodness the restaurants have covered outdoor seating) and blazingly sunny and almost cloudless- often within minutes of each other! I get the feeling the weather in Copenhagen is like the weather in New England, at least in mid June- if you don't like it, wait a minute, it will change.

For anyone obsessed with lighting like me, when I visited here in the early morning the row of buildings wasn't getting the light, the less pretty buildings on the opposite side of the canal were. The sun starts hitting the iconic row late morning it seemed.

As others have said the buildings are pretty much all restaurants. Some serve the iconic open-faced sandwiches on the bread already (which is what I wanted), some serve the bread separately for you to make your own. I tried two restaurants, both were good. It seemed to me the more traditional restaurants were farther down the row, away from the mouth of the large canal/river. Also, lots of canal tour boats depart from here, I hopped on one leaving within minutes, with no reservation.

A must see, beautiful!
Written June 27, 2022
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StillwaterPaddington
London, UK72 contributions
Nov 2022
Most of the indoor attractions in Cooenhagen were closed on a Winter Monday so we planned a day walking from the Little Mermaid, Amalienborg, Nyhavn and so on. I’d expected more of Nyhavn but can imagine it’s nice for a relaxed canalside lunch in the summer. It was just a bit grey, damp and cold really, and the much photographed view was spoilt by large amounts of scaffolding. Nearly trod in dog poo so wonder if scooping isn’t a thing here. All very underwhelming.
Written December 4, 2022
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rh2473
Carrickfergus, UK268 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Honestly the only part of Copenhagen that looks like this.
You get the impression before you leave that the whole city has this look. It is charming however this area is overpriced. Bars and restaurants wanting tourists who can’t be bothered to look elsewhere to drink and eat in over priced establishments.
Worth a quick photo.
Written January 20, 2020
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Jean G
5 contributions
May 2022
After a business event in Malmö the previous days, I took advantage of the afternoon to discover Copenhagen...and it wasn't enough. Very lively city, the old town, the harbor, many monuments, a warm atmosphere, especially on a Friday evening. I will come back one weekend in city-trip to better appreciate the charms of this city
Written May 22, 2022
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Roslyn138
Wrexham, UK584 contributions
May 2022
We had a day to spend in Copenhagen , so walked down Stoget Street, across the Kings Square, and went straight away to Nyhavn . A lovely picturesque area lined with restaurants and cafes , and reminded us of our visit to Curacao.
If you walk along the left hand side there is a building that Hans C Andersen stayed in .
Written May 31, 2022
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Anishinaabekwe
Tacoma, WA7 contributions
Aug 2022
We stayed at Nyhavn 71. Thought a little challenging to get to dragging luggage, we thoroughly enjoyed this part of town as the anchor to our Copenhagen adventures. Close to everything, including the water bus, and a very vibrant feel. We hadn't thought to carry any cash for the musicians, but really enjoyed their contribution to the ambience of the street.
Written September 20, 2022
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NikaNumber1
Royal Oak, MI6,505 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
It is such an enjoyable spot to take in the local culture, sights, sounds, it’s teeming with locals and guests from all over.
It’s a blend of the colorful, the slightly more toned down vibrancy you would find in South America but neatly and more classically done.

I loved walking down the streets and checking out the lines of boats on each side of the bridges, the lines of beautiful houses I wouldn’t mind living in, so snugly built, yet each is well suited to be next to each other.

There are lots of cafes, shops and places to eat in this cute part of Copenhagen too. Come and stay for a spell.
Written February 7, 2020
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Jacky B
Southampton, UK114 contributions
Jul 2022
This is the main starting point of most boat trips. Certainly those that have been pre-booked. As a result the restaurants that are located here charge a premium for a very mediocre offering. Do your research and eat elsewhere. Great atmosphere though and where Hans Christian Anderson lived.
Written July 25, 2022
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