Nyhavn#1 in Best Things To Do in Copenhagen
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Situated in the central Indre By neighborhood, this bustling area once served as Copenhagen's commercial port. Today, the region features a variety of eateries inside its restored homes, some of which were built in the late 1600s. In fact, a few famous artists and writers formerly lived in Nyhavn, including Heinrich Gustav Ferdinand Holm (a painter and engraver best known for his Copenhagen depictions) and Hans Christian Andersen (who penned fairy tales like "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling."
Previous visitors loved grabbing a drink or bite to eat in Nyhavn, although some cautioned that prices here are high. Additionally, several raved about the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, which takes place in Nyhavn every July. Many past travelers also recommended signing up for one of the area's canal tours with Stromma Denmark or Netto-Badene. Both operators' tours are available in English, last about an hour and depart daily from Nyhavn. Stromma Danmark's tours cost 80 Danish kroner (roughly $13) for adults and 40 kroner (approximately $6.50) for kids ages 6 to 15, while Netto-Badene's tours will set you back 8 euros (about $10) per adult and 3 euros (less than $4) for each child.
Nyhavn itself is free to visit 24 hours a day. You can get to the area by metro (via Kongens Nytorv station), bus (the No. 66 route is the most direct) or on foot from top attractions like Christiansborg Palace, the National Museum of Denmark and the Round Tower. To learn more, visit Nyhavn's official website.
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#2 Walking Tours
Copenhagen's relatively small size and concentration of noteworthy sights in the central Indre By district make it easy to explore on foot. Available walking tours range from food-focused experiences with tastings to music-centric options with stops at jazz venues to traditional walks that delve into the city's history.
Standard walking tours (which provide historical background about attractions like Tivoli Gardens and Christiansborg Palace) are generally free to join and last two-and-a-half to three hours. Tour start times vary by operator. For friendly, knowledgeable guides, travelers suggest signing up for a complimentary walking tour with SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Copenhagen or Copenhagen Free Walking Tours.
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