This little location is an absolute gem—and probably every tourist’s dream!

The waterfront houses are originals from the 17th and 18th centuries, and they continue to be painted in bold and beautiful colors. Hans Christian Anderson used to live in some of these, as I mentioned in my earlier travel guide, here.

Today Nyhaven is full of not only apartments and airbnb boats (yea, that’s a thing), it’s also a hotspot for restaurants, bars and dessert places. As a result, it’s a very busy street, with even busier restaurants! Certainly not a top pick for anyone who has hearing loss to visit during the busy hours (which is sometime after 10 am), but if you can go without your hearing aids and much conversation, it’s definitely worth to go, if only to see the colorful houses and get some pictures.

That said, the best time to go is early in the morning when no one is around, and the restaurant workers are about to come in for their first shifts. That’s somewhere around 7-9am, and the place is super super quiet, with the exception of the clean-up crew.

3 thoughts on “Nyhavn”

  1. Hey Ada, it was nice to see your post and remember when I went to Copenhagen eheh I remember to walk some pedestrian streets and find Nyhavn, it is such an amazing area, with the colored buildings and little bridges eheh stay safe and greetings from Lisbon, PedroL


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