Nyhavn District in Copenhagen


Nyhavn is a central port in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, and one of the main attractions of the city. The objective of this secondary channel was to connect, in a better way, the merchants with maritime trade. The Nyhavn or "new port" is probably the most portrayed place on postcards in Copenhagen, and the first image that comes to mind when we think of the Danish capital.

As a port, the Nyhavn never gained much importance because it was too small and shallow from the beginning. However, Copenhagen merchants invested in playgrounds and stores along the canal in the 18th century.

The Nyhavn canal completed in 1673, was responsible for creating a secondary channel from the port of Copenhagen to Kongens Nytorv square. The colorful gabled houses on either side of the small branch of the harbor were created mainly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The atmosphere of the port was introduced early in many taverns, and the area is nowadays, with its many restaurants, pubs and ballrooms next to the Istedgade, one of the most famous entertainment areas of Copenhagen.

The history of the row of sun-oriented houses on the north side began with the construction of the house n°9, which dates from 1681 (it is the oldest house in Nyhavn). The narrow blue gabled house represents the architectural style of Copenhagen before the great fire of the city of 1728 and has kept its original shape with its two floors, its attic and tall cellars, while the remaining buildings in the course of the 18th and 19th centuries by one or more plants were they increased.

At the end of the 19th century, the port lost importance as such. The pubs began to decline due to the lack of customers, mostly sailors and stevedores. However, in 1950 the Nyhavn pubs became the hotbed of Dixieland jazz in Denmark. Thus they celebrated the formation of Danish jazz Viking Jazz Band of Papa Bue 1956. In the decade of 1960, many supporters of beat music were attracted by the environment of the port.

Since the mid-1980s, the Nyhavn has been revitalized by creating a pedestrian zone and transforming most of the pubs of former sailors into modern restaurants. They are visited both by tourists and by middle class Danes, who previously were not part of the classical clientele.

In summer, white umbrellas transform the street into a sophisticated city of tents. Especially in spring and summer, the area is one of the favorite hangouts in Copenhagen.

Another attraction is the old traditional wooden boats, which have been trying to revive the old atmosphere of the port. Some have been transformed to house museums and make visitors spend more time in this part of the Danish capital.

The "Anchor Monument" (Mindeankeret) is located on the corner of Kongens Nytorv. It was inaugurated on August 29, 1951 to commemorate some 1,600 Danish sailors who perished during World War II.

Today, the Nyhavn is integrated into the city center and can be easily covered on foot. On both sides of the Nyhavn you can see the typical Danish colored facades.

If the weather allows it (because the channel usually freezes in winter), you can take a boat that will take you all over Nyhavn and also the most famous points of interest in the city. In addition, from here there are several boats that make excursions to islands near Copenhagen, in case you dare to leave the capital and enjoy an extra piece of Denmark.


+ The writer Hans Christian Andersen lived in several houses of the Nyhavn, specifically those of the numbers 18 and 20, during a good part of his life. It was here where he wrote, for example, the famous story The Princess and the Pea.


*Location: In Copenhagen.
*Duration: 2-3 hours.
*Advice: If you go in the winter months, always walk on the side of the sun.
*Best time: Summer.
*Website: Nyhavn.

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