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Nyhaven, Copenhagen Denmark | by John A Henderson
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Nyhaven, Copenhagen Denmark

During the summer Nyhavn is the perfect place to end a long day. Dining at one of the cosy restaurants or, do like the locals, buying a beer from a nearby store and resting your feet at the quayside, is the classic Copenhagen experience.


Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area was packed with sailors, ladies of pleasure, pubs and alehouses.


Today the beautiful old houses have been renovated and classy restaurants dominate the old port. Nyhavn is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, jazz music and great food.


No. 9, Nyhavn, is the oldest house in the area dating back to 1681. The design of the house has not been altered since that time.

Many of the houses lining the quays of Nyhavn have been the homes of prominent artists.


The famous Danish fairytale writer, Hans Christian Andersen, used to live in no. 20. This is where he wrote the fairy-tales 'The Tinderbox', 'Little Claus and Big Claus', and 'The Princess and the Pea'. He also lived twenty years in no. 67 and two years in no. 18.

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Taken on May 29, 2017