Copenhagen’s Nyhavn

Despite being Danish for ‘New Harbour’, Copenhagen’s ‘Nyhavn’ is almost 350 years old. It was constructed by Swedish Prisoners-of-War between 1670 and 1673, to link the inner harbour to Kongens Nytorv (King’s New Square) in the heart of the Old Town.

The view west along the north side of Nyhavn, with Kongens Nytorv in the distance

The view west along the north side of Nyhavn, with Kongens Nytorv in the distance

As I understand it, until it was given a facelift in the 1970s, Nyhavn had become a little unsavoury. Yet today the area is one of the Danish capital’s most popular attractions.

Visitors are particularly delighted by the brightly-painted buildings that line the north side of the harbour, many of which have been converted into canal-side restaurants and cafés. The oldest building along Nyhavn is Number 9, which was built in 1681.

Number 9, the oldest building in Nyhavn

Number 9, the oldest building in Nyhavn

Three of other buildings (Numbers 18, 20 and 67) were home to the author Hans Christian Andersen for a total of 18 years.

The outer part of Nyhavn, with one of Hans Christian Andersen's residences in the background (Number 67 - the tall white one, third from the right)

The outer part of Nyhavn, with one of Hans Christian Andersen’s residences in the background (Number 67 – the tall white one, third from the right)

The inner part of the canal itself now houses a beautiful collection of old ships.

Looking west along Nyhavn - the red sliver on the very left is Number 20, another of Hans Christian Andersen's houses, with Number 18 just beyond it

Looking west along Nyhavn – the red sliver on the very left is Number 20, another of Hans Christian Andersen’s houses, with Number 18 just beyond it

This post was inspired by the theme Vibrant Colors from Cee (of Cee’s Photography).

The inner part of Nyhavn from the bridge, complete with old ships

The inner part of Nyhavn from the bridge, complete with old ships

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16 Responses to Copenhagen’s Nyhavn

  1. dunelight says:

    Nice photos. I’d love to see Denmark. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Amy says:

    I like the first photo especially! Beautiful city. 🙂

  3. Cee Neuner says:

    I wish our buildings here were as colorful! Thanks for playing this week 🙂

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  5. Interresting facts. Fun to read especially when I’m going to spend a weekend in Copenhagen 🙂

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  7. Lots of great colors here.

    janet

  8. restlessjo says:

    The e-books look great fun 🙂 As does Copenhagen.

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