Nyhavn in Copenhagen is absolutely a must-see in Denmark. Image credit: Andy Beal

New Harhour Canal: The best of Copenhagen

What is Nyhavn?

New Harbor or in Danish Nyhavn is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. Nyhavn Canal is world-famous for its brightly colored 17th and early 18th century townhouses as well as bars, cafes and restaurants. Additionally, the canal has many historical wooden ships. The site has a lively atmosphere especially in the summertime and is indeed a must-see attraction in Copenhagen. From Nyhavn you can take the popular canal tour boats which offers guided tours around the beautiful canal system of Copenhagen leading you to the top attractions of the city. For instance, H.C. Andersen’s house is located in New Harbor which bring the fairy tales to life. Click here to find canal and harbour tours.

Overall, the old colored houses in Nyhavn is a famous landmark of Copenhagen

Along the streets and the water front you can see and hear a lot of musicians and other kind of entertainers. Further, Nyhavn is very popular for the youngsters of Copenhagen who like to drink and have fun in the sun. Thus, the canal of Nyhavn is simply for all generations.

The best of Copenhagen

Nyhavn is located next to the Kings Square (in Danish: Kongens Nytorv) which is a major popular square in the centre of Copenhagen. The square is located between the shopping street called ‘stroget’ and Nyhavn. The shopping street in Copenhagen is the longest shopping street in the world. This area is definitely the best of Copenhagen. The Copenhagen metro has a stop at Kings Square from where it only takes a few minutes to walk to the canal. Click here to find information about Copenhagen Metro.

The price level is very high in Nyhavn and in my opinion the quality is not comparable with the price level. Consequently, I would recommend only enjoining drinks, beer and wine and to avoid eating here. In the small streets just behind Nyhavn and also behind the shopping street the restaurants are much cheaper and also much better. Most importantly, Copenhagen is a gastronomic metropol and it is very easy to find lovely restaurants in absolutely world class.

Read also: 25 things to do in Denmark

Nyhavn Canal pictures

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The Canal of Nyhavn is a popular destination in Copenhagen Harbor. Image credit: Jim Nix
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Nyhavn Canal offers a lively and authentic atmosphere. Image credit: Genji Arakaki
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New Harbour in Copenhagen is known for its old painted houses. Image credit: Jacob Surland
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Nyhavn offers lots of cafes, bars and restaurants with our-door serving during summer. Image credit: Jim Nix

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