Denmark: Simple happiness in Copenhagen´s Nyhavn


I am that kind of guy that easily get lost and love it. That´s probably why this day became so amazing. I had one goal- to find Nyhavn in Copenhagen. As being one of the most attractive places in Denmark´s capital, the task shouldn´t be to hard. However my inner compass was not exactly fine-tuned and I ended up on a splendid journey through Copenhagen´s mix of traditional and modern architecture, vivid folk life and niche shopping stores. I had a home made icecream, jumped on a trampoline and took a lot of pictures before I found my way to historical Nyhavn.

A short history of Nyhavn described by Wikipedia:

Nyhavn was constructed by King Christian V from 1670 to 1673, dug by Swedish war prisoners from the Dano-Swedish War 1658–1660. It is a gateway from the sea to the old inner city at Kongens Nytorv (King’s Square), where ships handled cargo and fishermens’ catch. It was notorious for beer, sailors, and prostitution. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived at Nyhavn for some 18 years.

In the moment I reached Nyhavn (“New Harbour”), the clouds uncovered the sun and the old colorful harbour showed herself from her best side. The pier was bustling of life and people in holiday mode. Big ships and sailing boats showed off and set the atmosphere in the area. People were enjoying cold beers, wine and food at Nyhavn´s small charming restaurants, but many also chose the much cheaper (but not less enjoyable) option: consuming drinks bought at seven eleven while dangling with their feet above the canal. I avoided the places with white tablecloths and found a nice rustic place with a colgate smiling waitress from Sweden instead. She served me a local Tuborg beer. The glass was steamy. Small white flowers on my table was dancing in the breeze and the street musician played some funky jazzmusic.

At that moment I thought “this is happiness”. In retrospect of my own life it seems like the main feature of happiness is moments of simplicity. When there is absoultely nothing to do but to breathe and enjoying something good to drink.