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"Nyhavn (literally, “New Port”, pronounced ˈnyhɑʊ̯ˀn) is a 17th-century promenade, canal and entertainment area located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It extends from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour, just south of the Royal Theatre. It has brightly colored petit hôtels from the 17th and early 18th centuries, bars, cafes and restaurants. It serves as a "heritage port", and has many historic wooden boats. Nyhavn was built by King Christian V between 1670 and 1673, excavated by Swedish prisoners of war from the Swedish-Danish War of 1658–1660. It is a gateway to the city center from the sea, through Kongens Nytorv (King's Square), where boats carried cargo and fishermen's catches. It was notorious for beer, sailors and prostitution. The Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen lived in Nyhavn for 18 years. The first bridge over Nyhavn opened on February 6, 1875. It was a temporary wooden footbridge.1 It was replaced by the current bridge in 1912. As oceangoing ships became larger, Nyhavn became dominated by small Danish cargo ships. After the Second World War, land transport assumed this role and small ship traffic disappeared from the Port of Copenhagen, leaving Nyhavn practically without ships."
"Nyhavn is known for it's colorful narrow houses and picturesque setting in the Copenhagen harbor. Nyhavn is translated to “New Harbor” and despite its name, Nyhavn is one of the oldest areas of Copenhagen. The harbor was dug by Swedish prisoners of war in the 1670s, on the orders of King Christian the 5th. Back then, Nyhavn was a very busy harbor with boats coming in from all over the world, loading and unloading their goods at the dock, and know for the drunken sailors and easygoing women. The area changed throughout the 1970’es and what used to be called the dirty north side, is now one of the most posh areas in Copenhagen. Fun fact: Many of the houses along Christianshavn and Nyhavn are very narrow. This is because they date back to a time when taxes were paid according to how much of the sidewalk the house took up - so the narrower, the cheaper!"
"Probably the most photographed place in Copenhagen, Nyhavn. Nyhavn is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. Tip: Walk around, take pictures, but don't eat in any of these restaurants. They are expensive, especially for Copenhagen! Tip 2: Many canal tours start from here, which is a perfect way to see the city from a different perspective. If you want to save some money, you can jump onto one of the many water busses at the end of Nyhavn & see almost the same sights!"

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