Nyhavn is at one and the same time the most vibrant meeting place of present-day Copenhagen and an attraction of historical significance. In the olden days ships from around the world came alongside the quay and sailors, pubs, prostitutes and party left their mark on harbour life. The new harbour became Nyhavn and the old and crooked houses, which once housed merchants and brothels, were beautifully restored and are today crammed with cozy restaurants, which offer indoor and outdoor seating.
On the sunny side
Nyhavn has a certain Danish charm to it. The harbour was digged out by Swedish prisoners in the 17th century as one of the first extensions of the Copenhagen borders. Ever since then the artificial canal has provided the setting for a pulsating yet folksy city life. On the quay in Nyhavn you will often run into lively folk music or jazz performances and as soon as the sun shines every day in Nyhavn becomes a party. What's more, you can investigate the old, wooden vessels and the medieval architecture alongside the quay. All through summer an international crowd makes the sunny side of the old harbour buzz with high spirited singing and cheering and there is nothing like having a chilled draft beer while watching the crowds pass by. Nyhavn is also the starting point for the popular canal tour boats.