Nyhavn Canal © Chad Kainz
The picturesque and historic Nyhavn Canal, dating from 1673 when it was built to connect the inner city to the sea, is today colloquially known as the 'longest bar in Scandinavia'. This is because the pretty, pastel-painted old townhouses that line the canal are fronted with numerous restaurants, pubs and cafes, full of action 24-hours a day. The canal itself is crammed with old wooden sailing ships, adding to the atmosphere.
Tourists enjoy not only the hospitality establishments along the canal but can also visit the house at Number 20 Nyhavn, home of famous fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote his first stories here between 1834 and 1838. Andersen later occupied two other houses in Nyhavn which became an area strongly associated with him.
Visitors can take one of the many boat trips on offer to explore the canal and familiarise themselves with the area. The Nyhavn Canal is a must-see for tourists visiting Denmark and it never fails to charm but it can get very crowded and visitors must stay vigilant with their belongings as it is a popular pickpocket haunt. The eateries can be pretty expensive but just strolling around this vibrant and visually exciting area will delight visitors, and there are plenty of great photo opportunities.