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Type of Attraction
Neighborhoods, Beaches, Lakes, Rivers
Interests That Apply
Culinary Arts, Architecture, Photography, Local Culture, History, Music, Outdoors, Shopping
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Mobility Obstacles: Extended Walking Required Busy/High traffic
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch
Restrooms: Available
Notes: There are many tourist-friendly restaurants scattered along the canal.
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New Harbor

Old harbour by Kongens Nytorv

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Copenhagen, 1051


Nyhavn docks were constructed in 1670 as an encouragement to trade and shipping, with a new canal going from the harbour of Copenhagen to Kongens Nytorv. Along the quays, houses have been built on the two different sides - one side contains Charlottenborg castle and blocks of flats, which belong to the bourgeoisie; and on the other side, there are houses built of timber, and picturesque buildings. Up to the 1950s and 1960s, many houses were situated here, but no so-called decent people would have ever ventured into this part of town after dark. In that very same period, poets praised that very quality of the old Nyhavn in songs like "Nu går våren gennem Nyhavn". Today, this side of Nyhavn has become fashionable. The quay has been turned into a pedestrian street and the harbour basin has been opened for old sailing ships. Excellent restaurants and cafés have opened; and especially in the summer, the quay is crowded with people having a good time. Today, if you are interested in buying property in this part of town, you have to be more than well-off. One of the most famous residents of Nyhavn was the fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. You can take tours departing from Nyhavn on the canal tour boats or Havnebussen to see many of the important sights around here, including Holmen.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 24 hrs, daily
Visit Time: 30min-3hr
Average Wait Time: None
Notes: There is no wait time for a stroll alongside the canal, but there can be to get a table if you want to sit down for food or a drink.
Price: Free


Outdoor with some covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Nearest Train or Bus: Nørreport
Best Modes of Transportation: Bicycle Subway Walking
Notes: It is in the very center of the city and therefore easy to walk to. The nearest Metro underground station is Kongens Nytorv. Bus 26 from Copenhagen Main Railway Station will also take you there.
Parking Availability: No

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