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Nyhavn

Copenhagen’s historic harbor precinct has been transformed into a quaint entertainment area full of restaurants and taverns.

The Nyhavn (New Harbor) area of Copenhagen dates back to the 17th century. By the early 1900s it had become a run-down waterfront, but Nyhavn is now a modern entertainment precinct full of popular restaurants. Stroll along the harbor’s edge to see some of the historic ships that still call the strait home. Then try local flavors in one of the many restaurants and bars.

Once frequented by sailors and packed with seedy taverns, Copenhagen’s harbor has a history as colorful as its present-day buildings. Today Nyhavn is a modern hub where locals come to relax and families mix with designers and artists.

The waterfront precinct is linked by a series of canals feeding from the harbor. Cobblestone roads are lined with double-story townhouses in pastel colors, providing a charming backdrop. Restaurants, taverns and live music venues are gradually taking over the ground floors of the former residential townhouses. The famous author Hans Christian Anderson once resided here.

Since 1977, the Danish National Museum has preserved part of the area as the Veteran Ship and Museum Harbor, and dozens of classic boats are still in use. Visit the Memorial Anchor, located at the end of the harbor. The anchor is a national monument and honors the 1,700 Danish servicemen who lost their lives during World War II.

The northern side of the harbor offers outdoor dining and is a great place for people-watching on a sunny day. Try some of the pickled fish that Scandinavia is famous for or enjoy a freshly grilled seafood dish with a cold beer. Danish beer is enjoyed around the world, but many say the famous Copenhagen lager Carlsberg somehow tastes better in the place where it comes from.

Nyhavn is located on the eastern edge of the city center and is best reached by bike or on foot. Visitors arriving by car will have difficulty finding a spot to park nearby, since the city center is primarily for pedestrians. Four bus routes serve Nyhavn daily, so there are public transportation options.


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Lodging Near Nyhavn

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$125
Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

Toldbodgade 24-28, Copenhagen
4.2
of 5, from 1,255 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is housed in a converted warehouse, dating from 1787, in the heart of Copenhagen on the harbour waterfront where old schooners and yachts moor, with the Queen's palace, Amalienborg, a close neighbor.

$162
Phoenix Copenhagen

Phoenix Copenhagen

Bredgade 37, Copenhagen
3.9
of 5, from 353 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Set in the city's old financial district, the Phoenix Copenhagen hotel puts guests in a prime position for watching the changing of the guard at Amalienborg, a short walk away. The hotel is also a 5-minute walk from waterside Nyhavn with its colorful townhouses, restaurants, and bars.

$368
Amagertorv 33

Amagertorv 33

Amagertorv 33, 2 Sal, Copenhagen
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Stork Fountain and Stroeget. Round Tower and Christiansborg Palace are also within 10 minutes.

$124
Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

Borgergade 9, Copenhagen
4.0
of 5, from 537 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Copenhagen Amber Museum, Nyhavn, and Round Tower. Frederik's Church and Amalienborg Palace are also within 10 minutes.

$142
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

Amager Boulevard 70, Copenhagen
3.8
of 5, from 309 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Copenhagen is set on Stadsgraven canal, far enough from the city center to enjoy a peaceful vibe. A 15-minute walk brings guests to the city centre and its popular sights, including Tivoli Gardens and City Hall Square.

$150
HOTEL SKT. ANNÆ

HOTEL SKT. ANNÆ

Sankt Annæ Plads 18-20, Copenhagen
3.7
of 5, from 710 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Nyhavn - Amalienborg, this hotel is steps from Royal Danish Playhouse and Nyhavn. Amalienborg Palace and Frederik's Church are also within 10 minutes.

$143
Copenhagen Strand Hotel

Copenhagen Strand Hotel

Havnegade 37, Copenhagen
4.0
of 5, from 620 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Copenhagen Strand Hotel is just a 4-minute waterside stroll from Nyhavn’s brightly painted townhouses and historic wooden ships. A 10-minute walk away, Amalienborg is the Royal Family's winter palace. The popular, car-free shopping street of Strøget is a mere 20 minutes on foot.

$93
Hotel Østerport

Hotel Østerport

Oslo Plads 5, Copenhagen
3.2
of 5, from 386 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Design Museum Denmark, Danish National Gallery, and Frederik's Church. Little Mermaid and Rosenborg Castle are also within 15 minutes.