Nyhavn - Copenhagen

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NYHAVN
Old Sailing Ships - and the "Longest Bar" in Scandinavia
 
 
 
 
10 - most popular tourist site
 
The picturesque houses on the sunny side of Nyhavn are more than 300 years old.

Nyhavn (New Port)

Nyhavn (New Port) - was established by King Christian V (1646-1699 - ruled Denmark and Norway 1670-1699) in 1670-73 - as a gateway from the sea to the old inner city - and at that time the canal area reached right up to Kongens Nytorv (Kings Square) - where the ships unloaded their cargo - and the fishermen their daily catch. The trade and shipping activities around Nyhavn provide a strong growth of Copenhagen - and the many houses surrounding the Nyhavn canal along the two historical quays are nearly 350 years old.
 
Scenery from Nyhavn 1780, with sailing ships in the canal, and the Charlottenborg mansion on the left, nearest Kongens Nytorv (Kings New Square).
View from Kongens Nytorv in 1970 towards Nyhavn an all the horse carriages. The horse driven tramcar in front is one of the first lines in Copenhagen.
 
Mansions for the wealthy
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.

Old wooden ships
Up through the 1970s - Nyhavn has become a fashionable place to live - and the quay is turned into a pedestrian street. 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 plenty of activity around the harbour area - and the historic canals of Nyhavn - giving tourists the ability to experience Copenhagen from the waterfront - and its ancient houses and buildings.
There are numerous restaurants - bars and cafés alongside the quay overlooking the Nyhavn canal with its old wooden sailing ships that creates a special maritime atmosphere.
 
Picturesque old houses
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 and 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.

 
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.
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.

Canal boats
The canal tours by boats also starts at Nyhavn - and takes you around the harbour area at all the interesting and historical sights that can be seen from the waterfront.
 
Location
Nyhavn is located near Kongens Nytorv - Royal Theatre - Charlottenborg Mansion - The Pedestrian Street "Strøget" and few blocks from Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace.
 
Nyhavn

Address
Nyhavn
Copenhagen
1051 Copenhagen K

Busses: A1 - 15 - 26 - 20E and 350S

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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