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The Colors of Copenhagen – Houses in Every Shade

2019-02-20

If you have made a “to see” list before visiting Denmark’s capital, a safe bet on the list are probably the famous Little Mermaid and a pit stop in Nyhavn to take a photo of the colorful houses.

But, did you know that Nyhavn is not the only colorful photogenic façade in the city?

Discovering the colors of Copenhagen

#1 Nyhavn 

colorful houses in Nyhavn


Nyhavn, meaning New Harbor, was originally a busy commercial port where ships from around the world would dock, and the streets would be filled with sailors, pubs, and ladies of the night. Today, the pubs remain but the people are a mixture of locals and tourist. And we understand why. The colorful houses all along the harbor create a wonderful atmosphere where you can enjoy a break on the pier while watching the world pass by.

#2 Gernersgade

Gernersgade

Located at the heart of the city. This residential street with old cobblestones demonstrates the classic yellow and orange colors, which can bring a smile on you lips, even on a cloudy day. Gernersgade is just a hop, skip and jump away from other more famous yellow buildings, Nyboder – you should pass by this area as well, and you will see yellow on yellow on yellow…

#3 Sofiegade

Sofiegade

If you want a more quirky colorful façade, find your way to Christianshavn and Sofiegade. This beautiful façade can be admired for a long time! Not quite sure where to focus the eye, but yet, we cannot look away.

 

#4 Overgade Oven Vandet

Overgade Oven Vandet

Colorful houses on one side, the cozy Christianshavns canal to the other, cobblestones beneath your feet and blue sky (hopefully) above. What more could you want? Just around the corner from Sofiegade, Overgade Oven Vandet, roughly translated to “the pier above the water”, likewise embraces the unique atmosphere Christianshavn has, and sets the mood for a day strolling about.

 

#5 Palads

Palads

If you walk around the city center, you cannot miss Palads. The building was originally a train station in the first half of the 1900s but was converted into a movie theater which it is today. In 1989, it got its colorful pastel design from the Danish artist Paul Gernes.

 

These are just some of our favorites, but you will most certainly discover more when you explore the city and the different neighborhoods. So, what are you waiting for – go explore! If you want a more comfortable way of getting around the city to discover its colorful places, you can join a Hop On – Hop Off boat and bus tour and easily hop off close to the colorful streets. Read more here

 

Picture credit: Wonderful Copenhagen