Right in the heart of Copenhagen is the picturesque Nyhavn (pronounced new-how-n).
Nyhavn means “New Harbour” in Danish. It was built in the late 17th century. It was a rather unsavoury place – mainly bars and brothels well-stocked with drunken sailors.
In the 1960s, there was a movement to clean up Nyhavn and make it a place people would want to go. So the bars and brothels became harbour cafés. In the summer, the pavements are bursting with tables, and you just go for an empty table and hope you like something on the menu! Copenhagen in the sunshine is absolutely gorgeous and Danes flock to places like Nyhavn to enjoy it!
I heard a really cool story about this ship. Apparently it is one of the light house ships that floats around sandbars. An engineer living in East Germany, named Manfred Burmeister, built a “submarine scooter” that propelled him underwater and had a snorkel for him to breathe. He was pulled aboard the Gedser Rev and after about 30 minutes of confused shouting in German by Manfred Burmeister and Danish by the captain, he realised that he was no longer in East Germany and was free. Sadly, he died a few years later off the coast of Spain while testing out another version. Apparently there are several conspiracy theories that it was actually the Stasi or someone similar who had him killed.
When you come to Nyhavn, head to the bridge quite far down the harbour. There is a small little lookout that will give you the beautiful iconic shots of the harbour. It is the only bridge that crosses from the northern side of the harbour to the southern.
The easiest way to get to Nyhavn is to head to Kongens Nytorv and then head directly opposite the Hotel D’Angleterre. (Trust me, there’s no way you can miss the Hotel D’Angleterre!)
Have you been to Nyhavn? What do you think of the colorful buildings?