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.
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.
Three of other buildings (Numbers 18, 20 and 67) were home to the author Hans Christian Andersen for a total of 18 years.
The inner part of the canal itself now houses a beautiful collection of old ships.
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