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    Thriving waterfront - New Harbour

    by jo104 Written Jul 26, 2006

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    Packed with surrounding restaurants & colourful houses this canal is a hive of activity.
    The canal is great for photo snaps as it is filled with old moored sailing ships
    On the corner there is the Amber House museum - the jewellery is rather pricey in there

    It was established by King Christian V in 1671-73 intended to be used as a harbour for the Kongens Nytorv. It was to bring commerce into the heart of the city & became a lively port where sailors met for a few bevvies & fistfights in the taverns.

    Drinks prices are at a premium here even if the food menus are fairly attractively priced

    The hop on hop off canal trips start there as well as the waterbus

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    Nyhavn

    by TNPETER3 Updated Jun 10, 2004

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    Nyhavn Canal

    This area along the canal is made up of a block or two of restaurants/bars and little cafes. It's a busy place during the day as tourists and locals alike seem to flock here, especially when the sun is out. There is a lot of bright colour in this area and you can't help but take pictures.
    If you can't get a seat on a patio, you can pick up your own beer and take a seat along the canal to enjoy the views. (people and places)
    At night, I found the restaurants busy and the bars crowded. Since it is a tourist must see area, be prepared to spend a little more for food and drink. The pints I had here were probably the most expensive I found at 45-50 DKK a pint.

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    lovely Nyhavn

    by angiebabe Written Jun 21, 2007

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    The picturesque, photogenic highly photographed canal area of Nyhavn is a must to visit - its on the way to the Royal Palace and to the harbour to see the Little Mermaid so its hard to miss really.

    From the Townhall/Radhus take one of the streets - there are several parallel to each other which make up the town centre with cute shops and buildings on cobbled stone streets - such as Stroget and walk on down to the lovely square of Kongens Nytorv.
    You will see the cute houses that line the canal at Nyhavn start from here!

    The elegant buildings of the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Theatre are here as well.

    Walk down along the canal for picturesque shots of the boats and coloured several century old houses along here, usually excellent reflections in the water and if you are lucky you will also the bridge that is the road lift to let boats through.

    Its here on the corner that a NZ girl i worked with who'd live in Copenhagen recommended that i tried 'gumbleduff' (have to check the spelling) and when i did she was right - its the icecream shop on the corner near the bridge at Nyhavn in the photos - and its lovely icecream wih a marshmallow type stuff squirted on top.

    Also along here was the restaurant, Nyhavns Forgekro, at No 5 that the Lonely Planet recommended and i tried on my first visit to Copenhagen for its herring buffet!!

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    Guided Canal Tour with "Netto-Bådene"

    by OH_DK Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    In good weather you must definately try a Guided Canal Tour.
    The boat is taking you around all the Canals of the downtown area, and a guide is telling about the all the historic sites you pass on the way in both Danish, English, German and French.
    You can get on the boat either in Nyhavn or at Holmens Church.
    If you're only a few persons you dont need reservation, but if you are in a bigger group you better first call on the telephone.

    There are different companyes making these tours but Netto-Bådene is cheepest.

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  • Nyhavn

    by Mariajoy Updated Aug 28, 2006

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    Every tourist probably visits this area during their stay in Copenhagen - it is a historic, popular and colourful harbour area full of bars and restaurants and cafes and very picturesque. (At number 20 Nyhavn, Hans Christian Andersen wrote his first fairytale).

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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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    nyhavn canal

    by doug48 Written Aug 6, 2006

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    nyhavn canal

    nyhavn, (new harbour) was constructed by soldiers in the late 17th century to enable merchant ships to unload in the central city. the brightly colored buildings lining the canal were once ship chandiers and houses of prostitution. today they house restaurants, bars, and outdoor cafes. a very nice place to have lunch and a carlsberg on a sunny summer day. check out my warning tip about strolling musicians.

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    Nyhavn

    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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    Full of Colours

    by freddie18 Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    It was an amazing experience seeing for myself for the first time the ever popular Nyhavn which means 'New Port' or 'New Harbour'. The harbour could be the most photographed tourist attraction in Copenhagen due to its picturesque old houses full of colours. You can see on the pictures I posted here what I am saying. Having said that, it is a 'must see' for both tourists and the locals as well. The reason behind is that, you will be entertained and be treated for a fine dining at various restaurants, have your favourite drinks at pubs and cafes. The place is full of life all night long, twenty-four hours a day. You will be back to Copenhagen, I suppose. If you do, you will visit this place again.

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  • Nyhaven 17

    by Mariajoy Written Aug 27, 2006

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    We had decided on Nyhaven 17 as the meeting point for a small group of VTers to get together on a rainy and grey afternoon. Whilst it was still warm enough to sit outside, Petra and I had chosen to sit inside the empty pub and await the others. It was only by chance that Charlotta (SJalen) had come inside with daughter Alice to use the loo and I spotted her! The others came inside and we had a drink there before moving on to an Italian restaurant.

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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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    Nyhavn

    by littlesam1 Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    Nyhavn is a short canal street running from the Stroget out to the harbor. It has colorful storefronts, boats and beerstands where the local people joke you can buy the most expensive bear in Copenhagen. On the harbor wall side next to the water you can see people sitting along the water drinking and talking. On the other side you can see people sitting at street restaurants. Copenhagen law allows alcohol to be carried on the streets giving this entire area a party feeling. On the day of the VT meeting I attended, our VT host Claus walked us through the crowds and explained it was the very first really warm day of the spring season so we were seeing a larger crowd than is usual.

    Near the end of the street you will also find the home of Hans Christian Anderson.

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    Nyhavn

    by barrikello Written Jun 22, 2004

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    LIterally The Place to Be in Copenhagen. Depicted in all the brochures on the capital, famous all around the world, charming, attractive, full of people, wonderful, top of the hit. It's the place you've imagined, with all the expectations become true.
    Built in 1671, the "New Harbour" used to have a bad reputation in the past, when tattoists and sexy shops lined up. Now, after a long restoration, it has become fashionable and pricey, with expensive restaurants and bars open all night long. The two banks are now scattered with sails and house boats, giving the place even more charme and atmosphere. I enjoyed having a beer on the banks of Nyhavn and tasting a wonderful Smoerrebroed on one of the many restaurants.

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    Nyhavn

    by HORSCHECK Written Apr 19, 2004

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    Typical Nyhavn house

    Nyhavn (New Harbour) is a man-made canal which used to draw traffic and commerce into the city centre of Copenhagen. Most of the colourful merchants houses are older than 300 years. Hans Christian Andersen used to live here.
    Nowadays Nyhavn is famous for its charming restaurants and cafes at the sunny side of the canal.

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    Nyhavn

    by mickeyboy07 Written Oct 12, 2011

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    Bright coloured houses
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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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