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Travel || Exploring Nyhavn

When I set my heart on visiting Copenhagen, exploring Nyhavn was on the top of my list. Nyhavn is probably the most recognisable part of Copenhagen. Nyhavn’s current look was solidified in the 17th century when it was a bustling waterfront, canal and entertainment area. Its colourful wooden buildings are famous world-wide and are synonymous with Denmark in some people’s minds. 

Nyhavn was basically a ye-olde construction project that went phenomenally well. Like many, many things you’ll see around in Copenhagen, it was commissioned by King Christian V in the late 1600s. For a dose of literary history, you can walk over to fairy-tale creator Hans Christian Andersen’s former home: he lived at House number 67 (there’s a plaque to make it easy to find).

The weather when I was in Copenhagen was glorious. It was around 28 C (in the 80s F) the whole weekend and there was never a cloud in sight. And whilst it made for excellent wandering conditions, it meant that picturesque Nyhavn was absolutely ram-packed. But oddly, that didn’t detract from its charm at all. I usually hate crowds, but I was quite mellow about this one. Instead of it being a maddening bustle, where you are desperately trying to squeeze through people just to walk along the pavement, it was a charming combination of talented buskers and people soaking up the sun with a few drinks and picnics. 

I honestly felt so happy here that I came back and walked along the cobbled paths multiple times even during my very, very short trip. If the weather is lovely, you must stop in to Rajissimo for ice-cream/gelato! 

If you missed it, read my weekend break guide to Copenhagen

Have you been to Copenhagen? What’s your favourite part? 

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  • Amy Eade

    Copenhagen is really quite high on my to visit list, I just love the look of the buildings! I’m a sucker for a colourful house haha.
    Amy xx

  • Lovely pics – I’ve been dying to visit after seeing snaps on Insta of the colourful buildings. What a gorgeous place. Looks like you had a lovely trip!

  • so beautiful! one day…

  • Such a picturesque area, I hope to see Copenhagen at some point soon! Alice xxx

  • Laura Torninoja

    Ahh I want to go to Copenhagen SO much! Especially Nyhavn – those colourful houses are so pleasing to my eyes haha! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Great photos, especially love that building with all the life jackets! πŸ™‚

  • don’t you just love when the weather turns out to be perfect while you are traveling =o) You took some beautiful pictures and made incredible memories =o)

  • Zara

    Ahh these photos just made me even more excited!! πŸ˜€ x

  • Beautiful photos – I’ve been thinking about a city break to Copenhagen and near by, so I’ll definitely have to show the BF! πŸ˜€


  • Such amazing photos of a place I don’t think I will ever visit

  • oh I love Nyhavn! The houses are just so beautiful!

  • We ate at one of these restaurants, but I couldn’t tell you which as they all sort of blend together and we ate outside at one that had mussels haha. It’s such a pretty part of the city.

    • Ohhh I did walk by a place that was doing super super amazing looking plates of oysters and mussels so I wonder if it was that one! x

  • GORGEOUS pictures! I really wanna go to Copenhagen, but the price has put me off a bit. But you’ve seriously made me want to book my ticket now!

    • I managed to find fairly discount flights (Β£44) but accommodation was so ridiculous! The only viable option was Airbnb and that was Β£80 per night. (Usually on my solo trips I only budget Β£25-30 for accommodation. I couldn’t believe that even hostels where in the £££ range! x

  • Beautiful! I think you went the weekend before we did where it was gorgeous! Our weekend was mostly rubbish – even when it was beautifully sunny the wind was frigid!

    • I think I was the weekend before you all- that’s mad! I was so hot in my jeans and t-shirt that I had to pop into H&M and buy a pair of shorts. (I was a sweaty mess!) x