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Denmark_0068 - Hyhavn District

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Nyhavn is a colourful 17th century waterfront, canal and popular entertainment district. It is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and numerous bars, cafés and restaurants. Serving as a heritage harbour, the canal is packed with old wooden ships.


King Christian V constructed Nyhavn from 1670-73, it was dug by Swedish war prisoners from the Dano-Swedish War 1658–1660, as a gateway from the sea to the old inner city. Ships would unload their cargo and the fishermen their daily catch along the canal. Notorious for beer, sailors, and prostitution, the area developed an infamous reputation. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived at Nyhavn 18 for some years.

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Taken on September 16, 2009