This little canal, known as the New Harbour, was excavated by troops between 1671 and 1673. It is flanked by colorful homes on both sides. Its original purpose was to make it easier for smaller ships carrying cargo to enter Copenhagen’s harbor, but now it is one of the city’s most recognizable and alluring locations, with chic yachts and vintage wooden boats parked along its quays.

The neighborhood directly north of the canal was a known red-light district with a very sordid reputation in Hans Christian Andersen’s day because of its inexpensive taverns, shoddy hotels, tattoo parlors, and numerous brothels. Since then, Nyhavn has undergone gentrification; in place of the rowdy taverns frequented by sailors, chic bars, caf├ęs, and eateries have taken their place. One of the most well-known and adored neighborhoods in the city today, Nyhavn is a great place to wander or start a canal tour. The area is extremely crowded on warm evenings, and many of the eateries and bars, especially those on the north side of the harbor, may soon fill up. The much anticipated Inderhavnsbroen (Inner Harbour Bridge) connects cycling and pedestrians to the Christianshavn and Holmen neighborhoods

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