The bustling harbor area of Nyhavn in Copenhagen is a magnet for locals and tourists alike. The colorful, crooked old houses that line the water are now busy bistros and restaurants. Music and laughter fill the air as people relax over their smorrebrod open sandwiches and enjoy the locally produced Aquavit. There are plenty of activities in and around Nyhavn Canal, so whether visiting for just a few hours or a few days in Copenhagen, this area is a great place to begin.
Activities around Nyhavn Canal
There are plenty of activities around the Nyhavn Canal area. Visit the Veteran Ship and Harbour Museum located between Nyhavn Bridge and Kongens Nytorv. The southern part of Nyhavn is home to several old wooden sailing ships that belong to the museum and add a pleasant nostalgic atmosphere to the area. There is a huge Memorial Anchor on the intersection between Nyhavn and Kongens Nytorv commemorating Danish sailors lost in WW2.
There are also seasonal events at Nyhavn that focus on food and music. June sees Midsummer celebrations including bonfires on the water in the best Viking tradition. There is a music festival in July that showcases the best in traditional jazz over 10 days. There are also beer tasting days and even a herring day with many variations on this national dish being served in the adjacent restaurants. For those who wish to continue the party, the trendy neighbourhood of Christianshavn is just a 10-minute walk away and has a casino and opera house.
Accommodation near Nyhavn
There are many modern hotels in Copenhagen that place guests close to all the action of the city center. The Radisson Blu Hotel Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen is just a half-hour stroll across the Langebro Bridge and along the waterfront from Nyhavn.