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Moscow, Moskva, Russia
August 18, 2011
From journal city of Anderson
October 11, 2008
From journal Copenhagen - a Vibrant, Confident City
October 6, 2006
From journal Cozy Copenhagen
New York, New York
June 12, 2006
From journal Copenhagen: The Fairy Tale Capital of Europe
Charlotte, North Carolina
May 12, 2005
One of the most popular (and free) spots to visit while in Denmark is the centuries-old Nyhaven Canal. This place is truly magical, and when you are here you feel like you have been transported back to another time and place.
The canal was completed in 1673, and soon the salt water filled the canal on October 19th of that year. It was used as a major port and was soon filled with drunken sailors, brothels, and tattoo parlors. It soon had a seedy reputation and all but the bravest of souls stayed away. In the 1970s, like many places in the world, it was reinvented and turned into a waterside attraction for the whole family.
Despite its less-than-stellar reputation in the early days, it was at #20 that Hans Christian Anderson wrote his first fairytale in 1835. From 1845-65 he lived at #67 and returned again in 1873, where he lived at #18 for two years before his death. Walking down this beautiful and historic canal, you can see why it so inspired Anderson.
Today, in the summer months, this place is a sea of brightly colored umbrellas as Danes move outside to dine and enjoy the beauty of this magical place. This picturesque canal which runs from Kongens Nytorv is filled with boats, open air café and restaurants, bars, and trendy stores. You can still find a tattoo parlor or two, but today they will be highly regarded as the place to get some ink. Most of the activity takes place on the northern side of the canal. On the opposite side you will find preserved buildings, antique shops, and upscale dining. They also hold a number of festivals throughout the year. Since I notice quite an interest in beer among the igougo travelers, you might be interested to know they have a beer festival here in September. At the bars here you can try Nyhaven Ale from the Orbaek Brewery. From April through September make sure to take in a Canal Tour via boat. I even spotted a lightship here.
Even if you are here in the winter months, like we were, you will still find plenty to do. The bars and restaurants now have a homey feeling with many having fireplaces and huge candles outside. Christmas lights add a twinkle to everything. People seem to have more time to mingle, as the pace is a bit slower in the wintertime. In the wintertime it still felt like something out of one of Anderson’s fairy tales. When you are in Copenhagen, take the time to visit this beautiful place and experience the magic for yourself. For more information, go to www.visitcopenhagen.dk.
From journal A History Lesson in Copenhagen
April 12, 2005
From journal 2 Days in Copenhagen
February 3, 2004
But Nyhavn is also home to some of the best seafood restaurants Copenhagen has to offer, and seafood lovers must not cheat themselves out of this experience.
You'll also find shops like the Amber Store, selling everything and anything amber you could, should or would ever dream of, renowned bakeries and pastry shops (it ain’t called a Danish for nothing), and other, more mundane souvenir shops.
But yes, during the day and early evening hours, the bars are what set the atmosphere in Nyhavn -- and it's a pleasant one, but if you don't wish your children to see public intoxication, Nyhavn is not the place to take them. However, for adults, the piers are crawling with entertainment such as street musician, often joined by the crowd in singing their shanties and tunes, various board games played strictly for fun, and, of course, some of the best beer served in the world.
Finally, the architecture of the Nyhavn establishments is something out of another world as the pictures show.
All in all, it’s a great place to go for some adult R&R in a relaxed and atmospheric setting.
From journal Copenhagen - the heart of Scandinavia
May 7, 2002
It is very easy to lose yourself for a few hours sitting in one of the sidewalk bars, having a drink and watching people and boats go by. The drinks are not cheap though (40kr for a pint)and it can soon add up. Most of the bars also offer some form of food either by way of Smorrebro or salad.
At the city end of the canal is a memorial to members of the danish merchant marine who lost their lives working for the Allies in World War two.
From journal Copenhagen in Three Days