Nyhavn - Copenhagen

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Old Sailing Ships - and the "Longest Bar" in Scandinavia
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Nyhavn (New Port) - 1670-1673
The picturesque houses on the sunny side of Nyhavn are more than 350 years old.
Nyhavn (New Port)
Nyhavn (New Port) - was established by King Christian V (1646-1699 - ruled Denmark and Norway 1670-1699) in 1670-1673 - as a gateway from the sea to the old inner city - and at that time the canal area reached right up to Kongens Nytorv (The Kings Square) established around 1670 - where the ships unloaded and loaded their cargo - and the fishermen their daily catch. The trade and shipping activities around Nyhavn provided a strong growth of Copenhagen - and the many colourful houses and exclusive buildings surrounding the Nyhavn canal on the “shady side” and “sunny side” along the two historical quays - are nearly 350 years old.

Nyhavn & Old Sialing Ships
Scenery from Nyhavn 1780 - with sailing ships in the canal - and the Charlottenborg mansion on the left, nearest Kongens Nytorv (The Kings New Square).
Kongens Nytorv (The Kings Square) - 1670
View from Kongens Nytorv in 1870 - towards Nyhavn an all the horse carriages. The horse driven tramcar in front is one of the first lines in Copenhagen.

Nyhavn is Wooden Ships & Maritime Atmosphere - and the Canal with busting live on both sides of the surrounding quays.

Mansions for the wealthy - the "Shady Side"
In the beginning of the 1700s - and on the "Shady Side" of Nyhavn - great mansions like Charlottenborg and other lavish houses with flats for the wealthy citizens were built. On the "Sunny Side" the houses were built of wood - brick and plaster - and were the most colourful and picturesque houses at Nyhavn rented by poor and common residents.
The "Red light district" - Wooden Ships & Maritime Atmosphere
Nyhavn was the sailors paradise with a cheerful “Red light district”. Nostalgic & vintage tourism poster.
The “Sunny Side”
Since many Sailors and Labourers during the past were working in and around the Nyhavn area and the many restaurants were filled with joyful visitors - the Nyhavn neighbourhood and surrounding quarters on the “Sunny Side” of Nyhavn Canal became a well-known and well recognised “Red light district” - which also was used by “sneaking” celebrities” and others that was looking for some fun and booze and pleasant company during a stay in Copenhagen and at Nyhavn.

The former “Red light District”
The “Red light District” faded out during the 60s - and Nyhavn slowly became a fashionable place to reside in and also a top tourist location and admirable attraction that draws tousand and tousands of happy visitors to the always bustling area - which once was a paradise for cheerful Sailors and Labourers - and has now turned into a "must see" and "must experience" site in Copenhagen.

Old wooden ships & Maritime
Up through the 1970s - Nyhavn has become a stylish place to live - and the quay is turned into a pedestrian street with various restaurants and bars located side by side. The canal is packed with old wooden ships creating an maritime
atmosphere from the past time around 1780-1810 - when Nyhavn was the main centre of all trade by ships from Copenhagen.

There are numerous restaurants - bars and cafés alongside the quay of Nyhavn - and this strip is called -
The "Longest Bar" in Scandinavia.
The bustling Nyhavn Canal
Nyhavn is bustling with activity around the harbour area - and the historic canal of Nyhavn - giving tourists the ability to experience Copenhagen from the waterfront - and ancient buildings.
The "Longest Bar" in Scandinavia
There are numerous restaurants - bars and cafés alongside the quay of Nyhavn overlooking the Nyhavn canal with its old wooden sailing ships that creates a special maritime atmosphere.
Picturesque Old Houses & "The longest outdoor bar in Scandinavia"
Nyhavn with its picturesque old houses on either side of the canal offers a variety of restaurants, pubs, cafés with dancing and music - 24 hours a day. Nyhavn is also called "The longest outdoor bar in Scandinavia" - with its many restaurants - cafés and cozy eating places overlooking the canal.

Hans Christian Andersen & Nyhavn
The famous fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen lived in no. 20 - from 1834-38, where he wrote is first stories. Later he also lived on the opposite, sunny side of Nyhavn in no. 67 - from 1845-64. The last years of his life he lived in no.18.


Fairy-tale writher
Hans Christian Andersen resided in Nyhavn on
two locations and
in two flats.

The Memorial Anchor from 1872
- was used on the Frigate Fyn (Funen)
Hans Christian Andersen & Nyhavn
House no. 20 at Nyhavn on the shady side was where H. C. Andersen lived from 1834-38. The famous fairy tale writer also lived on the sunny side of Nyhavn in no. 67 from 1845-64.
The Memorial Anchor - 1872
There is always plenty of activity around Nyhavn and especially on the square with the monument of the Memorial Anchor from 1872 - in front of the entrance to canal and harbour area.

The Memorial Anchor at Nyhavn

The great Memorial Anchor (Mindeankeret) in front of Nyhavn is a monument commemorating the more than 1,700 Danish officers and sailors in service for the Navy - merchant fleet or Allied forces - who offered their life's during the Second World War. The Anchor was inaugurated in 1951 - and has a plague with a monogram of King Frederik VII on it. The Memorial Anchor is from 1872 - and was used on the Frigate Fyn (Funen) - which was docked at Holmen Naval Base during the Second World War. The Memorial Anchor replaced a momentary big wooden Cross erected on the same spot i 1945. Every year on May 5th – Denmark’s Liberation day 1945 - an official ceremony is held to honour and commemorate the fallen at the Memorial Anchor.

Nyhavn is located near Kongens Nytorv - Royal Theatre - Charlottenborg Mansion - The Pedestrian Street "Strøget" and few blocks from Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace.

1051 Copenhagen K

Trains - Metro Station at Kongens Nytorv

Canal boats stop several places around Copenhagen

Distance from Town Hall Square 6 km. and expect 25-30 min. by walk.

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