Nyhavn canal is in the historic part of Copenhagen. Nyhavn, which is near the sea, is only a few minutes' walk away from the Royal Palace, the famous shopping street Strøget, and the Royal Theatres.
In the old days, Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The trade and shipping activities around Nyhavn provide a strong economical growth of Copenhagen and many houses along the two quays of Nyhavn canal are more than 300 years old. Nowadays Nyhavn, is a tourist attraction, with its picturesque harbour with old sailing ships bobbing on the canals’ water, and colourful facades of old houses.
There are always plenty of activities going on around Nyhavn, especially on the square with the monument of the Memorial Anchor in front of the entrance to Nyhavn. The great Memorial Anchor is a monument commemorating the more than 1,700 Danish Navy officers and sailors who lost their lives during World War II.
The famous Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen had lived in no. 20, no. 67 and no.18, Nyhavn during his lifetime.
Nyhavn with its picturesque old houses on either side of the canal offers a variety of restaurants, pubs, and cafés with dancing and music. Though it’s full of tourists, Nyhavn is still popular among the locals, who, whenever there is good weather, fill up the outdoor bars and restaurants by the canal. During summertime, Nyhavn is the perfect place to spend your whole afternoon. If you don’t feel like spending your money at the restaurants and cafes (which could be a little too pricey), you can bring your own beers and rest your feet by the quayside, the atmosphere is always cosy and familiar.