Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Nyhavn means “New Harbour” in Danish. It is a 17th century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is brightly lined up with numerous cafes, bars and restaurants in olden townhouses.

Beautiful Nyhavn

Tourists on board the DFDS Canal Tours

As seen in the pictures above, there are many historical wooden ships in this canal, hence it serves as a heritage harbour as the name implies. Apparently Nyhavn was constructed by King Christian V in the late 17th century, and a gateway from the sea to the old inner city. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived at Nyhavn 18 for a few years too! Too bad I didn’t know about this when I was there, if not I would have tried to find the house and take a few pictures of it hehe……

There is also a great Memorial Anchor at the end of Nyhavn, which is a monument commemorating the more than 1,700 Danish officers and sailors in service for the Navy, merchant fleet or Allied Forces, who sacrificed their lives during World War II. Near this monument is a little kiosk called Steff Houlberg selling yummy Danish hot dogs (comes with free buns). We didn’t understand the menu as it was only in Danish but simply pointed to hotdogs that looked appealing to us haha.

Hotdog with bacon wrapped around it (DKK25)

DKK26 Danish hotdog 🙂

As it was a Public Holiday when we visited Nyhavn on 2 Jun 2011 (Ascension Thursday), it was crowded with many Danish as well as tourists, but shops were closed. -.-” Hence we didn’t get a chance to roam around a bit more….. A short walk around this area & I think I will love this place if given more time! 🙂


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