Basically every tourist guide to Copenhagen will feature a photo of Nyhavn as the defining iconic image of the city.
The name means New Harbour, an optimistic description for what is merely a straight canal running from the harbour up to Kongens Nytorv Square.
But the gaily painted old houses are eye candy for the tourist and the old sailing ships bobbing at the quay are a long line of photo ops.
What used to be the drunken, whoring sailor's favourite haunt is now a long line of cafés that laugh behind your back for paying so much for their beer.
But it's pretty. Go for a walk. Drink beer elsewhere.
Metro to Kongens Nytorv or walk along the pedestrian street Strøget.
It’s touristy and it’s often chilly but you can’t beat a ride on the canal boats. They ferry tourists on a guided tour by sea around the capital and through the maze of canals. Yes, you get to see The Little Mermaid - don’t worry - although your photo will be populated by tourists on shore doing the same thing as you.
It’s a great way to get acquainted with the city and get a bit of history thrown in - in three languages. I loathe to admit it but even as a local I look forward to having guests from out of town solely because I get to take them on a refreshing canal boat ride.
All the boats depart from Nyhavn - the canal that ends at Kongens Nytorv. Most of them have a hop on - hop off system. Prices vary but count on roughly 30 kroner.
Various companies depart Nyhavn throughout the day.
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