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    Nyhavn - the naughty side turned good

    by jonkb Updated Dec 10, 2013

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    Nyhavn

    One of the more popular spots in Copenhagen is called Nyhavn. The name translates to “new harbor”, which points to the fact that it’s construction started after the city already was established. It streaches from Kongens Nytorv, in front of the royal theatre, to the waterfront. Bring your camera. The area is full of vibrant colors.
    The harbor was excavated 1670-3 by Swedish prisoners of war (Dano-Swedish war of 1658-1660). It’s original name when opened by Christian V was Nyhavnskanalen, but I guess that name was too cumbersome. Today it’s only called Nyhavn. Originally it was going to be named Dronningens kanal (the Queens channel)
    The northern odd (the houses have odd numbers) side was known for being kind of seedy, with dark public houses, sailors quarters and brothels. There was however a large scale renovation during the 1980s, and today the area is covered with cafes and restaurants. The restaurants are open all year. During the winter, you’ll get a blanket to warm your legs, should you venture to sit outside.
    No. 1 was a winedealer. It also housed Copenhagens first flowershop. The Pub here was in principal off limits for females, officially because it didn’t have a ladies restroom. If a female entered the Pub the carpet had to be turned over or replaced. The oldest house here is number 9 (1661). It is the first of the socalled Commediehouses (The inhabitant was the leader of the theater). No. 15 has an image of an elephant above the door. Here you could get merchandaise from the far east, such as tea and porcelain. The most famous houses are number 17 and Cap Horn. In addition to the restaurant number 17 also houses a world famous tattoo artist studio. There’s been a tattoo-studio here since the later half of the 1800s. The most known tattoo artist was probably tato-Ole, who owned the shop from 1947 untill his death in 1988. He did several of king Frederik IX, tattoos, and was appointed Royal Deliverer of tattoos! The poet H.C. Andersen lived in four of the houses during a period of 20 years at Nyhavn. Among the houses he lived in was no. 18 (the “proper” or “even” side) and no. 67.
    The ships in the actual canal are mostly historical wooden ships with their own stories and engaged staff. At the start Nyhavn was large enough for the ships of the time, but as ocean going ships grew larger, they outgrew the canal. Then the canal was taken over by smaller ships, mostly sailing in Danish waters. After WWII land transport replaced most of this traffic, so the canal became largely void of ships. Nyhavnsforeningen (translated: Nyhavns Society) was formed in the sixties and had the aim of revitalizing the area. The inner part of Nyhavn therefore became a museum for veteran ships in 1977. The southern side of the canal is reserved for veteran ships owned by the Danish National Museum. The northern side (towards the colorful houses) is reserved for ships owned by Nyhavnsforeningen and privately owned vessels. Here’s a few of the ships: Lightvessel XVII Gedser Rev. Buildt in Odense in 1895 it served as a movable lighthouse until 1972. MA-RI: Was built for smuggling. She was confiscated in Helsingør in 1923, sold on auction, and operated as a fishing vessel and ferry between Bornholm and Poland.
    The first temporary wooden footbridge across the harbor was erected in 1875. It was replaced by the sturdy “eletricaly driven” bridge that you see today in 1912.
    The memorial anchor at the canals inner end was put there in 1951 in memory of the more than 1700 Danish and allied sailors (officers and service men) that died in service during WWII. The anchor itself was made in 1872 and was taken from the frigate Fyn, docked at Holmen Naval Base during the war. On may 5th there’s a ceremony held here commemorating the fallen every year.

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    by illumina Updated Sep 29, 2012

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    Nyhavn is one of the liveliest places in Copenhagen, even in winter, and should not be missed.
    Despite being called the 'New Harbour', it's a 17th century waterfront and canal, lined with 17th and 18th century buildings, now mostly housing bars and restaurants. The buildings to the north side are particularly attractive due to their bright colours. There are plenty of interesting wooden boats to look at here too.

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    NYHAVN

    by balhannah Written Aug 20, 2012

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    Nyhavn is a 17th century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen.

    Years ago, it was a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area teemed with sailors, ladies of the night, pubs and alehouses. It was known then as 'Den Nye Havn.' Eventually the name was changed to 'Nyhavn', and at the same time, its image changed too!
    Hans Christian Andersen used to live at no. 20. This is where he wrote some of his fairy-tales. He also lived 20 years at no. 67 and two years at no.18, Nyhavn.

    It was one of the busiest places in Copenhagen, especially the night when we went for a meal here, everybody seemed to have the same idea.
    I loved it here! The Canal, and all the boats anchored, plus all the brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses, most of them being used as bars, cafes and restaurants.
    We had our meal here with the VT group, and it was wonderful. There's a great atmosphere in this area!

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    Nyhavn Harbor

    by kris-t Written Apr 14, 2012

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    Nyhavn Harbor

    Nyhavn Harbor in Copenhagen is the old sailors' quarters and the home of Hans Christian Andersen.

    It has been converted into colorful trendy cafes, bars, and jazz clubs.

    It's also the best place to take a tour on one of the many Copenhagen harbor cruise and canal cruise boats.

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    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 31, 2012

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    Nyhavn (New Harbour) was established in 1673 by King Christian V as a gateway to the sea from the old inner city. Nyhavn once had a bad reputation and it was a tough neighbourhood with fights, prostitutes and plenty of liquor flowing. Today it is a very popular place among locals and tourist – and it is still possible to have your share of drinks in some of the many restaurants, pubs and cafés which are located along the canal.

    When the weather is fine, Nyhavn could be really crowded and I also like to go to there with my friends. Normally we bring our own beers and just sit on the edge of the harbour enjoying the sunshine and the atmosphere…

    However, Nyhavn is not just restaurants, pubs and cafés. Take a stroll and look at the sailing ships anchored in the canal and the surrounding beautiful old houses. On the front of no. 67 there is a small plaque with the name of Hans Christian Andersen. The famous Danish fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen loved Nyhavn, and he lived there for more than 25 years (from 1834 to 1838 he lived in no. 20, from 1845 to 1864 in no. 67 (on the sunny side) and later in no. 18 from 1871 to his death in 1875).

    The great anchor in front of Nyhavn (at Kongens Nytorv) is a monument commemorating all the Danish sailors who offered their life's during World War II.

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    by mindcrime Written Mar 12, 2012

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    Nyhavn is probably a major touristic area in Copenhagen (after Tivoli park) due to numerous bars and restaurants but also starting point for canal tours.
    People come here to enjoy an overpriced coffee and try to get a romantic picture as a couple with the beautiful colorful houses at the background… the problem is that hundreds of others will try to do the same at the same time :)

    Nyhavn (New Harbour) is a 300 meters long canal that was dug in 1673 to enable ships loaded with merchandise to sail into Copenhagen. As I already said in our days is a stylish area with expensive bars, restaurants and yachts.

    It is lined on both sides with colorful houses and if the sun is on good position you may get some nice pictures of the facades, we tried from both ends of the canal and we loved all the different angles (pics 1&4). Many postcards are based on this area, definitely an iconic sight for Copenhagen.
    The previous centuries the area was a bit different though, actually a red light district but I guess the bars would have much lower prices than today! Ha!

    At Nyhavn you may see some really old buildings, at no.9 is the oldest one (from 1681). By the way Hans Christian Andersen lived here for many years but not always on the same building, pic 3 shows no.20 (he lived there between 1834 and 1838), pic 4 shows no.67 (1845-64) but also no.18 (1871 until his death in 1875)

    Last but not least at the beginning of the canal (opposite Kongens Nytorv square) you can see the Memorial Anchor (pic 5), a large anchor dedicated to Danish sailors that died during WWII. The anchor belonged to Fyen (a frigate from 19th century).

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    by Twan Updated Feb 21, 2012

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    Nyhavn ("New Haven") is a port in the Danish capital Copenhagen and a major tourist attraction of the town. At the harbor, many restaurants and bars with mostly summer overcrowded terraces. Also among the local population Nyhavn is a popular place. Moreover, the landing site for a number of tour boats.

    The oldest houses here to find more than 300 years old. The oldest, at number 9, was built in 1681. The port was commissioned by King Christian V built and has a time had a bad reputation because of the many bars and cafes for seamen with the corresponding female entertainment.

    Poet and fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen lived in different houses on Nyhavn.

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    by antistar Written Dec 29, 2011

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    The earthy tones of the Nyhavn facades, fronting onto the glistening canal with its bobbing wooden boats is one of the most iconic sights in Denmark, and for me the most memorable. It has in its time been home to Hans Christian Anderson, drunken sailors and prostitutes, and some of the wealthiest merchants in Denmark. Today it is mostly home to snug cafes and bars, and expensive hotels.

    Some of the more impressive and historic houses to line the canal are number 20, the home of Hans Christian Anderson, number 71, two former warehouses now turned into a hotel. The oldest house, number 9, dates from 1661. You'll also find Charlottenborg Palace, one of the many mansions built on Nyhavn, at the entrance from Kongen Nytorv, on the corner.

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    by mickeyboy07 Written Oct 12, 2011

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    Nyhavn is a 17th century waterfront,canal and entertainment district in the city centre,stretching from 'Kongens Nytorv'to the harbour front just south of the Play House.
    it is lined with brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars,cafe's and restaurants.Serving as a heritage harbour,the canal has many historical wooden ships.
    The area is very popular with locals during the summer when they flood the bars and cafe's and sit outside to socialise and drink beer.Even in the winter months the brave one's still sit outside with a beer and a blanket.Nyhavn also serves as a hub for canal boat tours.

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    Welcome to 'The House'

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    'the swan' - a classic design piece

    'The House' as actually a design shop, situated just back from the main Myhavn road by the picturesque canal area. You could however treat the place as a kind of museum as it contains so many design classics from some of the great figures within Danish Design.

    The cool clean lines of minimalist chairs from the past rub shoulders with modern pieces of furniture, lighting and accessories.

    I must admit that my attention was grabbed by an appauling piece of (probably ironic) kitsch design. A grand piano covered in Swarovski like crystals and trimmed by something that looked suspiciously like elephant F*reskin. Takes all sorts I suppose.

    Anyway, a good place for a wander if you are in the area.

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    by dejavu2gb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nyhavn is the canal district of Copenhagen, and was once home to the very famous Hans Christian Andersen.
    Along the banks of the canal there are various restaurants and casual cafes where lunch can be enjoyed.
    I specially like the buildings and the different colours they are painted in.
    If you stroll along the Langelinie pedestrian zone along the canal, you will reach one of the most famous landmarks in Denmark, the statue of the little Mermaid.

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    Hygge in Nyhavn

    by bpacker Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The canal in Nyhavn dates back to 1673

    "Hygge" means to relax and forget all the worries in your life. You can do just that in the Nyhavn, the official hangout area in Copenhagen. Guess the best thing you can do there is to order a cold beer and secure a seat outdoors while you look at the colourful old warehouses and sailing ships by the waterfront . Since I don't have habit drinking in the day, I got a gigantic gelato and walked up and down to people watch. Lovely...

    What to look out for :
    -Tattoo Shop (#17, Tattoo Ole )
    -Red Building (#20) where Mr Anderson wrote his best selling fairy tales.

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    'Heritage Harbour'

    by smirnofforiginal Updated Oct 15, 2010

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    Colourful and picturesque Nyhaven dates back to the 17th century. The houses that line the waterfront here are painted in pretty yellows, blues, peaches, salmons....

    Nyhavn was constructed by King Christian V (1670) and was inaugurated as a veteran ship & museum harbour in 1977. On one side are boats that are exclusively the property of the Danish National Museum, on the other side are 'other' old, wooden ships.

    When you see the 'romantic' pictures of Copenhagen's canals, it is probably Nyhaven you are looking at.

    ....Hans Christian Anderson lived here for 18 years.

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    Mindeankeret

    by micas_pt Written May 11, 2010

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    Memorial Anchor

    At the end of Nyhavn, towards Kongens Nytorv, we came across Mindeankeret (Memorial Anchor).

    Mindeankeret is a monument which celebrates the Danish officers and sailors that served the Navy and Allied Forces during WWII. Originally it was built in 1872 and used in a ship which was docked during the WWII. In 1951 the anchor replaced a wooden cross dated from 1845 that was situated in this same spot.

    Every year, takes place a ceremony to honour those who died defending the country in WWII.

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    Nyhavn

    by micas_pt Written May 11, 2010

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    Nyhavn

    Nyhavn (New Harbour) dates from the 17th century and it was built as a gateway from the sea to Kongens Nytorv (King's Square). The Harbour soon developed a reputation for alcoholic drinks and prostitution and became somewhat infamous.

    Nowadays Nyhavn is home to restaurants and bars and is amongst the most touristy spots in Copenhagen. Also, the section of the canal situated in-between Nyhavn Bridge and Kongens Nytorv is home to Veteran Ship and Museum Harbour - this section is lined on both sides with old wooden ships and vessels.

    The northern side of Nyhavn is the brighter and more coloured one, whose oldest house (number 9) dates from 1661. The southern side of the waterfront displays more lavish mansions and isn't as sunny as the northern part.

    Last, but not the least, when talking about Nyhavn one must not forget to mention that Hans Christian Andersen lived at number 18 for some time.

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