Nyhavn
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Copenhagen's Nyhaven, or "New Harbor," is actually steeped in a long heritage. Colorful buildings line the canal and hint at a history of small-vessel traffic. Like many ports, this strip has a salty history, rich with sailors, drinking and literary exploits. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen made his home in Nyhavn as well. It's cleaned up now and is a lovely place for a stroll.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Indre By (Inner City)
This is the heart of old town Copenhagen, with its blend of charming old buildings and bold new architecture, broad avenues and tiny streets as well as picturesque canals and a modern harbor. The inner city is home to the Royal Danish Theatre, which consists of three buildings, two of which are new and situated on the harbor front. The streets, squares and venues of the inner city and its surrounding neighborhoods, are alive all year round with everything from jazz festivals to outdoor ice skating rinks and parachuting at the lakes right in the center of the city. This compact area boasts beautiful old castles, tranquil parks, and bustling squares where you can always find a bench to stretch out your legs whenever you need a break.
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  • Kongens Nytorv • 4 min walk
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  • Jonathan C.
    478 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    nyhavn
    It's a tourist hotspot, but also one of my favorite places to walk around in Copenhagen. The restaurants are quite pricey, so grab a snack and bring it to the water front. The houses here are iconic and this is the photo you see on every guide book for Copenhagen. The write Hans Christian Andersen lived in House #20!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 April 2023
  • a d
    Chatham-Kent, Canada18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    great people watching, drinking, eating and just chilling
    very busy little canal with restaurants and bars. we did not find a place that any open spots as it was filled with people. we found another restayrant outside tge area. it was clean we felt safe walking around. ideally getting there earlier in the day the shops woukd also be open.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 May 2023
  • Joasi23
    South Yorkshire, United Kingdom1,425 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Despite the hype it doesn’t disappoint
    We knew what to expect from the many photos we had seen but got to say it still impressed ! Difficult to get in the cafes as they were always full but we did like the locals and sat with the drinks we had brought with us at the side of the canal . Great atmosphere,. Veer right at that end over the bridge with the cycle lanes and walk into area which is perfect for street food and drinks , music playing and more beautiful views
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2023
  • WorldTravelerSoCal
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin286 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nyhavn a madhouse on Sunday Afternoons
    We visited Nyhavn this afternoon on a SUnday when the sun was out for awhile. It was a madhouse of people. A lot of them wanted to go on the boat tours. Each boat was filled with people. The activities are eating, milking a beer, and walking the streets taking pictures along with boat tours. It's nice but be prepared to get slammed with a Lot of other people who want to go also.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Ann H
    York, United Kingdom2,517 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    This bustling part of the city is a must see with its colourful buildings, many lovely looking cafes and restaurants with stalls selling lots of different things. The canal that runs alongside this is the hub for canal tourist boat trips to go and see the other great sights Copenhagen has to offer. Lovely place
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Gary W
    Richmond, Australia885 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eat Drink Repeat
    A street full of courtyard restaurants of similar size with similar menus and prices. Pick any one and you should be ok. Smoking ban is wonderful when compared to other European cities. Views of the canal and surrounding buildings are wonderful. An area of Copenhagen not to be missed.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 5 June 2023
  • Eddie T
    Calgary, Canada109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quintessential Copenhagen
    Nyhavn is the quintessential, postcard-perfect Copenhagen neighbourhood for good reason. Such colourful buildings and beautiful setting just by the water! So many beautiful cafes and restaurants! A must-visit in Copenhagen, if only for a short time
    Visited May 2023
    Written 9 June 2023
  • nara501
    Boston, Massachusetts366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vibrant, touristy
    This is the definition of a tourist place. There are some nice spots with lovely views that you will have to seek out to enjoy the scene. Hub for all sorts of boat rides, including the water bus that is part of the public transport system.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 24 June 2023
  • ChaiTea
    Maumelle, Arkansas37 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Historical Area Well Worth Visit but Packed with Tourists in July
    Beautiful very busy area of Copenhagen well worth a visit. Be selective of where you eat as we went to two restaurants here and one was an awful tourist trap and the second was amazing. Reminded me of Amsterdam! Be sure to pack a raincoat as we have not experienced one day in Copenhagen that didn’t have a period of a downpour!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Xamot Tomax
    Fort Wayne, Indiana6,086 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque
    This area is lovely and picturesque. The colorful buildings along canals are a must see for us when we visit this city. Pronounced Nee-Houn (New Harbor) is loaded with great restaurants and pubs. It’s great for a leisurely stroll during the day or evening. A nearby local attraction is the Royal Danish Theatre.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
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Orator11
Singapore, Singapore5,358 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A beautiful part of Copenhagen and definitely a must visit. The buildings are lovingly restored and are resplendent in their gayly painted colours. There are canal rides that you can go on, and many of the buildings house a variety of restaurants, as well as the famous store selling waffles with ice cream and churrios.
Written 1 April 2024
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Saugat Rijal
Denmark6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Nyhavn is a beautiful place in Copenhagen Denmark. There are different colorful houses and restaurants which are fantastic. I recommend for you guys to visit Nyhavn, Copenhagen - Denmark.
See you again Nyhavn! 🇩🇰
Written 29 March 2024
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Christiana B
Scotland, UK113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very good area with colourful houses and many restaurants. Unique experience next to the canal. A must-see when you visit Copenhagen.
Written 18 March 2024
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elenamc2018
London, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A lovely hotel in the heart of Copenhagen. Great location, good breakfast and very attentive staff made out experience extremely pleasant. The actual building goes back to 18C and was tastefully and sympathetically refurbished. Should we go back to the Danish capital we will definitely stay there again.
Written 13 March 2024
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lina24678
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Super pretty view and a must see when in Copenhagen. Would recommend going in the morning, as it gets really crowded over the course of the day. There are a lot of nice restaurants where you can eat while having a great view of Nyhavn.
Written 29 February 2024
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Audrey310
Ireland5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
My hotel was Wakeup Copenhagen, 5-6 mim walk away so I went down the 3 nights I was there. Its a beautiful place day & night… lots of places to eat & drink, inside & outside.
Written 21 February 2024
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Hany G
Bakersfield, CA1,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
It is the oconoc part of copenhagen.
Beautiful colorful buildings from the 17th century looking over the water.
You can get a boat as a tour and there are multiple restaurants where you can sit and enjoy the view
Written 18 February 2024
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British Reviewer
Bideford, UK103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very pretty in day and nightime. Not much to do unless your getting a boat ride or eating in one of the restaurant. But great place to go to get that Danish colourful building pictures.
Written 15 February 2024
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Docs On Vacay
Malaysia2,549 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Nyhavn. The postcard pictures of Copenhagen? This is it. A 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district lined by brightly coloured townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. We found this spot to be the most beautiful place in Copenhagen, and managed walks here at all different times of the day - morning, afternoon, evening and night. 🏘️
Written 6 February 2024
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Traveling with Good Vibes
Dubai, United Arab Emirates318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Nyhavn is an absolute gem of a destination! Its picturesque charm makes it the perfect spot for a leisurely daytime exploration. The colorful buildings lining the canal create a postcard-perfect scene that's sure to enchant any visitor.

One of the highlights of Nyhavn is the canal tours that start from here. These tours add an extra layer of charm to the area, allowing visitors to admire the beauty of Copenhagen from a unique perspective.

I highly recommend visiting Nyhavn for a relaxed and enjoyable experience, especially when the sun is shining. Whether you're strolling along the canal, enjoying a meal at one of the cozy cafes, or simply taking in the vibrant atmosphere, Nyhavn never fails to impress.

Overall, Nyhavn is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Copenhagen. Its timeless beauty and vibrant energy make it a standout attraction that's not to be missed!
Written 6 February 2024
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