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    Nyhavn

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Sep 16, 2007

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    For many years prior to eventually visiting Copenhagen, I had a picture in my mind whenever I heard the city's name. It was a picture of tall, colourful, historic buildings standing alongside a canal. I didn't always know it, but that image that I had obviously seen in a book as a child, was Nyhavn. Naturally, upon arriving in Copenhagen in August 2007, my first priority was to follow my map and find this bustling harbour.

    Nyhavn, or "new harbour", is not as new as its name suggests. In fact, it dates back to the 1670s.

    I made the long walk from my hotel in Versterbro to Nyhavn (which is located about 20 minutes walk north east of the railway station) and I wasn't disappointed when I got there. My first sight of Nyhavn was arriving from the neighbouring square of Kongens Nytorv. A large anchor sculpture welcomes the crowds of tourists arriving from this direction.

    The whole north bank of the canal is lined with bars and restaurants, housed in the colourful waterfront buildings that had been in my mind for years. Large crowds of tourists and locals were happily strolling in and out of the various eating and drinking establishments, some happy to sit on the pavement outside enjoying a drink or a snack due to the lack of available tables.

    By contrast, the south bank of the canal , devoid of bars and restaurants, was free from crowds and so made for the ideal place to stroll along and take photos of the frenetic activity on the opposite side of the canal.

    The restaurants are relatively expensive on Nyhavn, but I visited one of them, "Barock", for brunch on my final day in the city, enjoying good food in a fantastic setting.

    Numerous boat trips depart from Nyhavn, including trips to see the Little Mermaid statue.

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    Nyhavn

    by HORSCHECK Written Apr 19, 2004

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    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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    by Annebl Updated Nov 29, 2003

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    Right next to Kongens Nytorv, you will find Nyhavn. It's beautifully decorated around christmas time, but the time to go here is definitely on a hot summer's day or evening. The many restaurants are bustling with people all day in high season, and the mood creates some of that typical Copenhagen atmosphere.

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    The most famous canal in town

    by SandiMandi Updated Aug 17, 2008

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    This is the canal that you see in all brochures, postcards and guide books about Copenhagen. The colourful houses by the canal look pretty and the street is full of restaurants and bars which seem to be quite expensive.

    Nyhavn originates from 1671 and it used to be a typical dock with drunken sailors and shady business, but it's been cleaned up from those days. Nowadays it's a bit of a tourist trap, but it's still something you shouldn''t miss while in Copenhagen. At least you'll get some nice photos!:)

    Nyhavn is also the starting point of the canal tours.

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    Nyhavn

    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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    Nyhavn

    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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    Nyhavn

    by ginte Updated Jun 21, 2007

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    Nyhavn (pronounced "New-Hown") is the harbour area next to Kongens Nytorv.

    I guess it's the most active and atractive square in Copenhagen. A wonderful canal-street with colourful old houses and veteran sailing ships. Nice restaurants and a good street for to walk through and definitely to take at least some photos :-)

    Some of these colourful houses at Nyhavn street are the places where famous writer Hans Christian Andersen once lived. You'll find a memorial plaque on them.

    Nyhavn is an excellent place to enter a trip on the old canals of Copenhagen. You will see the city from the water. You must try it!

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    Nyhavn = New Harbor

    by Nemorino Written Aug 1, 2009

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    This is a picturesque street with wall-to-wall restaurants. It seems to be the most touristy place in Copenhagen, so if you have lost some tourist friends and can't reach them on their cell phones, this would be a good place to start looking for them.

    The Danish poet and fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) lived in three different houses on Nyhavn at different times of his life.

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    Nyhavn

    by ChiTownMike Updated May 27, 2004

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    Nyhavn is an amazing, colorful and picturesque harbor to walk through. Make sure to snap some pictures of the different colored houses and boats. The area is lined with restaurants and cafes. When the weather is nice, you can sit outside and relax at one of the cafes. I had the fortune of being there on a wonderful sunny day. The area has to be one of the most photogenic places I have ever seen.

    With nice weather bring crowds. So, if you are planning on trying to eat at one of the restaurants or cafes, be prepared.

    A lot has changed in Nyhavn over the years as it used to be a very shady area that attracted prostitutes and questionable sailors. I found it hard to imagine that as I walked around the area.

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    Nyhavn

    by AcornMan Written Mar 29, 2004

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    Nyhavn is part of the original Copenhagen Harbor dating all the way back to the founding of Haven, as Copenhagen was then called in the 12th century. Today, old sailing vessels and the Harbor Canal Tour boats are the only boats observed, contributing to the unique atmosphere in Nyhavn. This area of the city actually bacame rather run down and crimeridden for a stretch of time, but it has since undergone a reniassance of sorts. The canal is now lined with restaurants and cafes where you can sit and relax while enjoying the colorful buildings that are synonymous with Nyhavn.

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    Nyhavn canal and ships

    by satara Written May 30, 2003

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    I think that photos online of this canal created the right image of Copenhagen as a lovely colourful city because that place is really wonderful and nice. All the buildings around are yellow, red, blue or green and all look different. Reminded me of Stockholm. If you want to see the picturesque Copenhagen and beautiful boats - come here.. But don't look at the water itself. We found the water in canal frozen and full of various 'good things' like bottles and old Christmas trees..:) Just wondering, does it have some smell in summer time?:)

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    Nyhavn

    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 - View from the South Bank

    by Sharman Written Sep 24, 2003

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    While strolling round the City do not miss a walk along the quayside. Even in the middle of Winter it is a bustling place with many bars. The buildings on the North Bank are painted brightly in various colours and a walk along the South Bank will give you the best view for photographs.

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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 - The Old Harbour

    by bambino36 Written Sep 25, 2004

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    Nyhavn is what can be called the original Copenhagen Harbor dating from the 12th century.
    Today it's possible to see old sailing ships and the tour boats.
    This place has in fact a unique atmosphere. It's the place to relax and forget all the worries or as the danes call it Hygge. It's the place to enjoy the company of friends.
    A lot of people can be found there walking up and down the quays, especially when the weather is nice.

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