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Nyhavn – The Mansion Side

Nyhavn was constructed by King Christian V from 1670 to 1673. The canal was dug by Swedish war prisoners from the Dano-Swedish War during 1658 – 1660. It served as a gateway to the old inner city for cargo and fishing vessels to unload. It was notorious for beer, sailors and prostitution. Danish author Hans Christian Anderson lived at Nyhavn for some 18 years.

The first bridge across Nyhavn was a temporary footbridge that opened on February 6th, 1875. It was replaced by the current bridge in 1912.

As ocean going ships became larger, Nyhavn was taken over by internal Danish small vessel freight traffic. After WW II, land traffic took over this role and small vessels disappeared from the Port of Copenhagen, leaving Nyhavn largely deserted of ships.

In the mid-1960’s, the Nyhavn Society was founded with the aim of revitalizing the area. In 1977, the small port was inaugurated as a veteran ship and museum harbor by Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor, Egon Weidekamp.

The north side of the harbor is lined with the brightly colored townhouses of brick, wood and plaster. The oldest of these is #9 from 1661.

The southern side has lavish mansions, notably Charlottenborg Palace at the corner of Kongens Nytorv (The Kings New Square).

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