Enjoying Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

Nyhavn is a cherished part of my borrowed city, Copenhagen. Nyhavn (New Harbor) is a 17th century waterfront and entertainment district, and it is lined with townhouses from the 17th and early 18th century, most of them housing bars, restaurants and cafes.

King Christian V constructed Nyhavn from 1670 to 1673, and it was dug by Swedish prisoners of war from the Dano-Swedish War 1658-1660 (which was resolved with the Treaty of Copenhagen where Sweden was forced to return Bornholm to Denmark and Trøndelag to Norway). The area was notorious for alcohol, sailors and prostitution. Nyhavn was pedestrianized in 1980, and started to become popular with tourists and locals.

On sunny spring days – like we had on Friday, Nyhavn is swarming with tourists, and it is actually hard to get a table at the outdoor restaurants. But when you do get a hold of a table; ENJOY!




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