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Christianshavn: a quiet, affluent neighbourhood, rich in architectural discoveries


Attached to Copenhagen and yet at a remove, the Christianshavn district charms by its tranquillity.

Christianshavn or ‘Little Amsterdam' is an island east of Copenhagen, where the canals are longer and more winding. The mostly residential are a houses, among other neighbourhoods, the Free City of Christiania, and its tranquillity contrasts with the energy of Copenhagen, on the other side of the canal.

The best way to discover Christianshavn is still by boat. The more athletic and adventurous can opt for cycling or kayaking. During your visit, take time to admire the picturesque coloured facades reflected on water (not unlike Nyvhan) and the imposing Opera House built in 2005. If you still have the energy, the Baroque Church of Our Saviour, with its surprising spiral tower, is worth seeing.

The panorama visible from the summit is reputed to be one of the most beautiful in all Copenhagen, but be warned, there are 400 steps that you must climb including the last 150 outside, which are very exposed to the wind.


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