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Nyhavn

Copenhagen\u2019s 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\u2019s 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.\n

Once frequented by sailors and packed with seedy taverns, Copenhagen\u2019s 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.\n

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.\n

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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Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen $164
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

Amager Boulevard 70, Copenhagen
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 2,542 reviews
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    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.

    Copenhagen Admiral Hotel $164
    Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

    Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

    Toldbodgade 24-28, Copenhagen
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 4,232 reviews
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      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. A 5-minute walk brings you to Nyhavn, a transportation hub to destinations on the waterfront. A 10-minute walk brings you to Strøget, a popular shopping district.

      The Square $177
      The Square

      The Square

      Rådhuspladsen 14, Copenhagen
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 4,490 reviews
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        Overlooking the Rådhuspladsen from which it takes its name, The Square, Copenhagen is right in the city center. Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen Central Station are only 5 minutes away, while the colorful canalside bars of Nyhavn are a 20-minute walk along Strøget, the city's main pedestrian street.

        Phoenix Copenhagen $199
        Phoenix Copenhagen

        Phoenix Copenhagen

        Bredgade 37, Copenhagen
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 2,729 reviews
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          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.

          Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade $127
          Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

          Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

          Borgergade 9, Copenhagen
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 2,475 reviews
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            Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Guinness World Records Museum, Nyhavn, and Round Tower. Stroeget and Frederik's Church are also within 15 minutes.

            Skt. Petri $232
            Skt. Petri

            Skt. Petri

            Krystalgade 22, Copenhagen
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 1,549 reviews
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              Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this luxury hotel is steps from University of Copenhagen and Church of Our Lady. Stroeget and Torvehallerne are also within 10 minutes.

              Scandic Copenhagen $196
              Scandic Copenhagen

              Scandic Copenhagen

              Vester Søgade 6, Copenhagen
                 
                3.8
                of 5, from 2,419 reviews
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                Take a 5-minute stroll from Scandic Copenhagen to some of the city’s most popular attractions, such as Tivoli Gardens and the shopping streets of Nyhavn and Stroeget.

                71 Nyhavn Hotel $278
                71 Nyhavn Hotel

                71 Nyhavn Hotel

                Nyhavn 71, Copenhagen
                   
                  3.9
                  of 5, from 1,555 reviews
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                  This historic converted warehouse on the canal just 100 meters from Amalienborg castle overlooks Copenhagen harbor and is 50 metres from Stroget shopping street. Copenhagen Opera House is across from the hotel.