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Nyhavn

Built in the 17th century, this pretty waterfront offers a variety of cafés, bars and restaurants.

TravelCurious Tip

Many of the restaurants are a bit steep - buy a beer from a store nearby instead, and enjoy the view from the quay.

New Haven

Much of Copenhagen’s Old Town was destroyed by a terrible fire in 1728: Nyhavn survived the conflagration. Home to beloved Danish author Hans Christian Andersen for 18 years, it was once rather a seedy dockland, notorious for its prostitution and rowdy sailors.

After the advent of bigger ships in the early 20th century, Nyhavn’s use as a port began to dwindle; in the 1960s a rejuvenation campaign was begun, and the quay, once used as a parking area, was pedestrianised in 1980. The waterfront’s beautiful houses were renovated and its historic importance recognised; today it is popular with locals and tourists alike.


Come rain or shine

Nyhavn’s painted townhouses and sumptuous mansions now overlook many a good quayside restaurant, bar and outdoor café - as well as an excellent ice cream and waffle parlour.

The harbour is particularly lovely in summer when its colourful northern side is bathed in sunlight, making for great photo opportunities; at Christmas it’s a top destination for yuletide Danish delicacies, with festive market stalls galore. A waterside stroll down Nyhavn is the perfect end to a day of Copenhagen sightseeing.

Nearby Attractions

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Christiania
A self-proclaimed autonomous and anti-establishment neighbourhood.
Strøget Shopping Street
Europe’s longest pedestrian street offers a fabulous shopping experience.
Church of Our Saviour
A beautiful church famous for its helix spire, winding staircase and spectacular view.
Christianshavn
A vibrant, diverse and bohemian area with a unique maritime atmosphere.
Christiansborg Palace
The seat of the Danish Parliament, the Prime Minister’s office and the Supreme Court.
Amalienborg Palace
The winter home of the Danish royal family has stunning Rococo interiors.

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Little Mermaid

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We built this tour because 
it ensures that travellers receive a comprehensive understanding of Copenhagen's politics, religion, and culture, whilst exploring landmark sites.
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