Nyhavn Transported Through Time

Copenhagen’s picture-perfect old harbor is an enchanting sight to see even on the gloomiest of days.  Nyhavn (the New Harbor) as the old 17th century waterfront is called, is lined by popular cafes, a vibrant mixture of multi-hued historic buildings, and a floating of museum with historic sailing vessels moored along the harbor’s stone docks.  It’s a favorite spot among both tourists and locals alike for food, sightseeing, and a six pack of beer or bottle of wine to be enjoyed in the sun with friends.

However, this past spring Nyhavn was transformed. The metamorphosis was unlike anything I’ve seen during my four years in Copenhagen and, with a bit of celluloid magic, Nyhavn and all of its charm was transported back through time nearly 100 years. Pavement was replaced by gravel and cobble stones, the sails on the old wooden vessels were raised, the sound of wagons and fishmongers suddenly echoed off of the old stone walls and the modern world suddenly gave way a romanticized version of Copenhagen’s past.  As part of the filming of the movie, The Danish Girl, which is being directed by Tom Hooper and stars the likes of Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, and Eddie Redmayne, and in partnership with the city the majority of Nyhavn was transformed into a a detail-rich movie set.

The following are my photos of Nyhavn taken over the two days of shooting. While they are a re-envisioned version of Nyhavn, I do like to think that because so many historical items (from phone booths to the old ships) were used and because Nyhavn is, itself, quite historic , that these visualizations depict a taste of why Nyhavn would have actually looked and felt like.

Historic Nyhavn in Black and White

Nyhavn

Vintage Nyhavn

Vintage Nyhavn

Nyhavn in Black and White

Vintage Nyhavn

Nyhavn in Black and White

Vintage Nyhavn

Historic Nyhavn in Black and White

Historic Nyhavn

Vintage Nyhavn

Sail Reflections

Foggy Nyhavn

Nyhavn in Black and White

Photos in this post were taken with either a Canon 6D or a Canon 600D using a mixture of Canon lenses including the EF-S 18-135mm, EF 50mm f/1.4, EF 17-40mm f/4L, EF 40mm f/2.8, and EF-S 55-250mm.  For specifics, click the photo and view it on flickr as the flickr profile includes the exact EXIF data for the shot.  The above links are affiliate links and all photos are made available under a CC non-commercial license in full HD resolution.  Remember, you can always explore all of my photos over on Alex Berger on flickr which includes a number of shots that never make it to the blog.

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4 Comments

  1. René Vincentsays:

    Very classy photos and a very coherent selection. Nice work!

  2. Along its northern, sunnier side, Nyhavn is lined with bars and restaurants facing the harbor. Even in cooler weather the heartier types sit outdoors with a beer and a blanket over their legs, provided by the restaurant on each seat. Nyhavn serves as a hub of canal tours.
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