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A Guide to Copenhagen Neighbourhoods: Christianshavn

Christianshavn is Copenhagen's romantic contrast that sounds like something out of a beautiful novel.

This Denmark neighbourhood is known for being calm, serene, and beautiful, literally translates to “Christian's harbour” and is also referenced in literature for the drug trade that took place in that small part of the map for a long time.

What a paradox, if you may.

That remains one of the many reasons why people flock in to experience this beautiful, small neighbourhood culture that is such a major part of Copenhagen's athmosphere.

What to know about Christianshavn Copenhagen

Before we even get into what to do in and around this historic region of the world, a little trip down memory lane on the interesting part of this city seems appropriate.


Love the Canal

From the city’s name having harbour in it, you should expect a canal network already.

This might not be Venice, nor Rome, yet you should definitely go around the open waters and explore how the canal links different parts of this beautiful area.

Island Network

For a small neighborhood, Christianshavn does have an impressive network of islands. They are located not far from one another, so you can get into hopping islands when you deem fit.


Expect Hygge

Hygge is the Danish equivalent of seeking and obtaining contentment in everything you do by doing the simplest things. When in Christianshavn, expect the coziness, comfort, and simplicity that comes with an all-year-round hygge.


Christiania might be a part of Christianshavn but it sometimes looks like it could be set in a story of its own. These two Christianshavns’ approaches to things are different – with the city centre more fast-paced and Christiania more laid back. None is less friendly, though, so you should check them both out.

Now that you know a little about the area, how about we open your eyes to some of the many attractions that you can enjoy outdoors?

Island Hopping

Christianshavn consists of a collection of three small islands which are referred to as the Holmen.

When you are done hopping on the Holmen, you might want to take a tour to the Brygge islands too. Although not in Christianshavn itself, being within Copenhagen gives you the chance to strike two birds with one stone this time.


Canal Cruise

We did mention that there were some canals – and this is the most picturesque way to see the entire city in all its beauty. Whether you want to cruise alone or as part of a group, there is a provision for everyone.


No, it is not a garden. Well, unless you see it as one for contemporary art.

Established in 1986 as a non-profit, this is one of the best places to go see art at a free charge – and that doesn’t take anything away from the quality of art on display.


Church of Our Saviour

For a city that has the Christian tag in its name, it only makes sense to go see one of the most famous, still-standing churches there.

Established in the 17th century, your visit to the Church of Our Saviour is not complete if you haven’t made the 400-step ascent to the top. See the beauty of the entire Christianshavn in another dimension from up there.


In Copenhagen, only Holmen rivals Christianshavn when it comes to the beauty and tastiness of the food.

There are a lot of restaurants and cafes to go to, but make sure to try these:

  • Barr
  • No. 2
  • Kadeau
  • Restaurant 56 degrees
  • Parterre

There are numerous other beautiful restaurants in the city and you won't even need a map to find them. Just ask the friendly people.

Final Words

A land of attractions, a huge part of Denmark's history, and hosting historic sites to boot, Christianshavn is a place to be. Whether alone or in a group, you'll surely enjoy your time here.


June 22, 2021 by Radina Vladimirova

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