Nyhavn is a must-visit destination in Copenhagen. It offers a blend of history, culture, dining, and scenic beauty. It is an iconic spot that perfectly captures the city's charm and character.

Nyhavn is a canal from the 17th century and is today a famous entertainment district in Copenhagen, close to Kongens Nytorv.  It is lined with brightly coloured old townhouses, bars, cafes and restaurants, and it is possible to see many historical wooden ships - more than 100 years old.

Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area was packed with sailors, ladies of pleasure, pubs and alehouses, and today Nyhavn is one the most popular places to visit in Copenhagen.



The history of Nyhavn

Nyhavn has a rich history and cultural significance. Famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen lived in three different houses along the canal, and one of them, at number 20, is now a museum dedicated to his life and works. The area has also been a popular gathering place for artists and musicians.

Today, the beautiful old houses have been renovated, and classy restaurants dominate the old port. In Nyhavn, you will see many people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, listening to jazz music and enjoying their dinner from one of the restaurants. Have dinner at one of the cosy restaurants or enjoy a beer at the quayside, watching the old ships and buildings. 

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Restaurants and Cafés

Nyhavn in the centre of Copenhagen is a perfect and cosy place to have lunch or dinner.

Nyhavn has lovely cosy restaurants and cafes, and especially in the summer, Nyhavn is a hit for both locals and many tourists.

Nyhavn is home to many restaurants, cafes, and bars. The waterfront promenade has outdoor seating where visitors can enjoy a meal, grab a drink, or indulge in Danish cuisine. The area offers traditional Danish dishes, international cuisine, and seafood options.


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Festivals and events

Nyhavn hosts various festivals and events throughout the year. One of the most famous is the Nyhavn Jazz Festival, where jazz bands perform on floating stages along the canal. The area comes alive in the summer with live music, street performances, and a lively atmosphere.


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Hans Christian Andersen's Nyhavn

Take a walk through historic Nyhavn, which has many beautiful historic houses. The famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived here and was inspired to write many fairy tales. 

No. 9, Nyhavn, is the oldest house in the area, dating back to 1681. Its design has not been altered since then. Many houses lining the Nyhavn quays have been prominent artists' homes.

Hans Christian Andersen used to live in no. 20. This is where he wrote the fairy tales "The Tinder-Box", "Little Claus and Big Claus", and "The Princess and the Pea"'. He also lived twenty years in no. 67 and two years in no. 18. 


Discover Nyhavn from a boat 

Nyhavn is a popular starting point for boat tours of Copenhagen's canals and harbour. Visitors can hop on a guided tour or rent a small boat to explore the city's waterways, passing landmarks like the Little Mermaid statue and Christianshavn.  



Buy Danish crafts

Nyhavn has several shops selling Danish crafts and maritime-themed items. Visitors can browse through these shops to find unique gifts, local products, and keepsakes to take home.


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