Copenhagen/Christianshavn

Christianshavn is a district east of the inner city of Copenhagen. Once a working-class neighbourhood, today Christianshavn is a trendy part of the city with its own unique identity. people from all walks of life, live side-by-side among cool cafes, old school bodegas, fancy restaurants and charming 19-century houses along picturesque canals. Further north, Holmen is an old naval area, that has seen a dramatic change in the past few years, with the old buildings being updated for residence, along with new dramatic architecture - fittingly a new home of the royal Danish school of architecture.

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Understand

Christianshavn is an artificial island, erected in the swampy area between what is now the Inner city and the island of Amager, by King Christian the 4th, as a grand unification of his mad dash of construction projects, and his ambitions to develop Denmark into a major Naval power.

The district was built as part of the southern fortification of Copenhagen in the early 17th century. It was designed in the image of Amsterdam, with a canal cutting straight through the center - from this point Danish merchants were to expand trade over the seven seas, a heritage that is still very visible today, with the forest of masts from the sailing ships docked along the canal, and the century old watering holes of sailors still handing out beers and snaps to thirsty passers by.

In the early days Christianshavn was an independent city, until it was swallowed by the rapidly expanding capital, but to this day retains a unique atmosphere - and the people refer to themselves at Christianhavners first, and then as Copenhageners. In many ways Christianshavn is still a small town in a big city. Diversity is thriving here, and the district has managed to embrace people from all walks of life; from the alcoholic sipping beer at the corner, to the marketing yuppie, and form its own special identity stemming from this diversity.

Get in

Map of Christianshavn

Christianshavn and the sub district of Holmen, is a peninsula stretching out north through the old fortifications - because of this it is surrounded by water, and only access is across the Knippelsbro bridge, and the dam to Amager. It is entirely located within Zone 1 of the common ticketing system of the Metro, trains and busses. It is only a pleasurable 10 minute walk from Strøget on Amagertorv, past the parliament, and over the Knippelsbro bridge, if you don't want to pay for public transit.

By Bus

The backbone of bus transport in central Copenhagen are the A buses operated by Movia , which run every few minutes throughout the day. The S Buses are express buses that operate on longer lines, with fewer stops. Christianshavn's Square is the major stop, with stops by 3 different buslines, and interchange to the Metro.

By Metro

The M1 or M2 metro lines stop at Christianshavn, located in the center of the district at Christianshavn Square. Interchange between the S-train system, and the metro is provided at Nørreport station.

By Boat

The water busses (Bus 901 and 902) have to stops on Holmen (Holmen nord and Opera). The water busses only sail in the summer. You can sail in your own boat to Lynetten Marina.

The Canal-Tour Waterbus have several stops on holmen .

Get around

colourful houses along the main Canal

By bus

Bus line 66 is Christianshavn's only bus line, it enters Christianshavn over the Knippels bridge, from the city centre, and turns north at Christianshavns square, along Prinsessegade - where it stops at Vor Frelsers church, and Christianias main entrance, from where it continues on the bridge across to Holmen and terminates at the Opera house.

By bike

Christianshavn's small, quiet streets are excellent for sightseeing on a bike, and the free citybike system covers the entire district, there are stalls at Christianshavn torv, Asiatisk Plads (near the ministry of foreign affairs), Church of our saviour, at the main entrance to Christiania, and the central square of Holmen.

See

Old houses along Amagergade

Christianshavn's main attraction, is actually Christianshavn itself. It bears some resemblance to Amsterdam, with its quiet streets branching out from the main canal, flanked by old houses, in bright colours, some dating back to 18th century - one of the photogenic ones is Amagergade on the right side of the main street, at the end nearest the dam to Amager. And of course the green oasis of the free town Christiania, with its creative home build houses, covered in its own guide.

Lille Mølle
Treschows Stiftelse

Do

Vor Frelser Church

Buy

Shopping possibilities on Christianshavn aren't as extensive as in other parts of Copenhagen, but there several small and interesting stores dotted around Christianshavn's quite side streets, and on Christiania. Groceries can be bought in the Super Brugsen on the Christianshavns Torv, Christianshavns central square where the metro station is located.

Christianshavns Kanal

Eat

View from the Vor Frelsers Kirke‎ towards Christianhavns Torv, with the Lagkagehuset

Splurge

Drink

Halvandet
Some very old houses, some of them timber-framed, surround Wilders Plads

Sleep

Connect

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