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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