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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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Copenhagen Admiral Hotel ¥10,494
Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

Toldbodgade 24-28, Copenhagen
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Danish Playhouse, Nyhavn, and Amalienborg Palace. Copenhagen Opera House and Little Mermaid are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kongens Nytorv Station is 8 minutes by foot and Marmorkirken Station is 10 minutes.

    Skt. Petri ¥14,521
    Skt. Petri

    Skt. Petri

    Krystalgade 22, Copenhagen
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from University of Copenhagen and Church of Our Lady. Stroeget and Torvehallerne are also within 10 minutes. Copenhagen Norreport Station and Nørreport Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Ascot Hotel
      Ascot Hotel

      Ascot Hotel

      Studiestræde 61, Copenhagen
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pumpehuset and City Hall Square. Tivoli Gardens and Stroeget are also within 10 minutes. Copenhagen Vesterport Station and Rådhuspladsen Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Comfort Hotel Vesterbro ¥9,237
        Comfort Hotel Vesterbro

        Comfort Hotel Vesterbro

        Vesterbrogade 23-29, Copenhagen
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tivoli Gardens and City Hall Square. Stroeget and Torvehallerne are also within 1 mi (2 km). Copenhagen Vesterport Station and Copenhagen Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Hotel SKT. Annæ
          Hotel SKT. Annæ

          Hotel SKT. Annæ

          Sankt Annæ Plads 18-20, Copenhagen
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this hotel is steps from Royal Danish Playhouse and Nyhavn. Amalienborg Palace and Kongens Nytorv are also within 10 minutes. Kongens Nytorv Station is 6 minutes by foot and Marmorkirken Station is 8 minutes.

            Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade ¥7,666
            Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

            Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

            Borgergade 9, Copenhagen
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kongens Nytorv, Nyhavn, and Round Tower. Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace are also within 15 minutes. Marmorkirken Station is 6 minutes by foot and Kongens Nytorv Station is 7 minutes.

              citizenM Copenhagen Radhuspladsen ¥8,797
              citizenM Copenhagen Radhuspladsen

              citizenM Copenhagen Radhuspladsen

              H. C. Andersens Boulevard 12, Copenhagen
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tivoli Gardens, Stroeget, and National Museum of Denmark. Christiansborg Palace and Botanical Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km). Rådhuspladsen Station and Copenhagen Vesterport Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Hotel Bethel ¥13,133
                Hotel Bethel

                Hotel Bethel

                Nyhavn 22, Copenhagen
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nyhavn, Copenhagen Opera House, and Amalienborg Palace. Round Tower and Rosenborg Castle are also within 15 minutes. Kongens Nytorv Station is 5 minutes by foot and Gammel Strand Station is 11 minutes.