Copenhagen's most iconic and picturesque harbor, Nyhavn, is popular with both visitors and locals and is full of charming places to dine, drink, and relax. The famous canal stretches from Kongens Nytorv to just south of the Royal Playhouse and is a good starting location for tourists exploring the city of Copenhagen. Once a busy commercial port, Nyhavn now exudes a chic and cozy atmosphere along the canal.
Hans Christian Andersen
Nyhavn is also where the famous Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen once lived. Take a walk by house number 67, where he lived for 20 years, and number 18, where he lived for 2. Hans Christian Anderson also lived in number 20, which displays a plaque commemorating him. It is here that he wrote some of his most famous stories while looking out at the water.
You can jump on a boat tour to experience the brightly colored facades and other Copenhagen hotspots from the water. Tour guides will take you through the city while giving anecdotes about landmarks along the way. The tours area always available in Danish and English, and often a third language is added depending on the needs of the passengers and the guides available. Relaxing on a tour boat is a great way to see some major Copenhagen attractions like the Black Diamond (Royal Library), the opera house, and the Little Mermaid.
Walking the canal
Discover countless restaurants, cafés, and bars as you walk along Nyhavn. Stop near the middle and snap a photo of the iconic, bright buildings from the footbridge. At the Kongens Nytorv end of the canal you can view the Memorial Anchor honoring Danish officers and sailors from World War II. Check out house number 9, Nyhavn's oldest house from 1681, or simply stroll along the water taking in the beautiful colors and admiring the old wooden ships. For a little bonus fun, you can head down Havnegade at the end of the canal and find small trampolines built right into the sidewalk.
Nyhavn is busy, bustling, and breathtaking any time of year, but during Christmas a market of tiny wooden stalls opens on the cobbled streets and a special atmosphere is in the air, complete with beautiful lights. During the summer, enjoy a meal or drink in one of the many restaurants, bars, and cafés with outdoor seating areas. Other special events are always popping up along the canal, such as Mardi Gras celebrations or vintage car exhibits.