The picturesque historic Nyhavn Canal, dating from 1673 when it
was built to connect the inner city to the sea, is today
colloquially known as the 'longest bar in Scandinavia'. This is
because the pretty pastel-painted old townhouses that line the
canal are fronted with numerous restaurants, pubs and cafes, full
of action and entertainment 24 hours a day. The canal itself is
crammed with old wooden sailing ships, adding to the atmosphere.
Tourists enjoy not only the hospitality establishments along the
canal but also visit the house at Number 20 Nyhavn, home of famous
fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote his first
stories here between 1834 and 1838. Andersen later occupied two
other houses in Nyhavn.