Welcome to Nyhavn & the Royal Quarter
Built to connect Kongens Nytorv to the harbour, the canal of Nyhavn (pronouned 'new-hown') was long a haunt for sailors and writers, including Hans Christian Andersen. These days it's busy seducing tourists with its colourful gabled town houses, ship masts and foaming ale. Behind its democratic bustle is blue-blooded Frederiksstaden. One of Copenhagen's most elegant quarters, it's here that you'll find some of the capital's most famous icons, including the royal palace, Marmorkirken (Marble Church) and, further north, the altogether less impressive Little Mermaid.