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Largest hotels in Copenhagen[edit]

Hotel Number of Rooms
Bella Sky Hotel 814
CabInn Metro 710
Scandinavia 542
Wake Up 510
Scandic 486
First Vesterbro 405
Tivoli 402
Marriott 401
Hilton 382
Copenhagen Admiral Hotel 366
Crown Plaza 366




The southern corner of Christiansbro seen from across the canal

Christiansbro is the lower west side portion of Xhristianshavn in Coepnhagen, Denmark. Its waterfront runs from Knippels Bridge in the north and the southern mouth in the sourt while it is bound by Torvegade to the northeast and Christianshavn Canal to the southeast and southwest. The name was introduced when Burmeister & Wain's former grounds were redeveloped in the 1990s. Christian's Church is a central landmark in the area.


The Grønnegård Harbour seen from Copenhagen


The Grønnegård Harbour was located in the southern part of the area. David Balfour had a dockyard at the site where he built ships both for the Navy and the merchant fleet.[1] Up through the century, the area was gradually sold off and filled. In 1695 the entire site was acquired by Jan van Osten who established a shipyard there.

With the foundation of Nyholm to the north of Christianshavn, the navy's ships gradually left the Grønnegård harbour. The Englishman Peter Appleby, who had been called to Copenhagen by Christian VI to make ropes for the Navy, received a deed on 2 Overgaden Over Vandet and was also given a strip of land along Langebrogade where he constructed a 300-metre long ropewalk.[2]

In the 1750s Appleby carried out further reclamations on both sides of the canal, largely giving the area the layout it has today. He established a shipyard on the north side of the canal and was also active as a shipowner.[3]

The Army's black powder manufactury[edit]

Christian V reacquired the former Grønnegård Harbour in 1677, constructing Hærens Laboratorier (English: The Army's Laboratories), a new facility for production of black powder. It exploded in 1680 and 1683 but was rebuilt.

Jacob Holm acquired the dockyard from Appleby's som in 1823.[4] In 1847, a major fire raged Jacob Holm's site and only luck kept it from spreading to the gun powder factory.

Burmeister % Wain[edit]

Burmeister & Wain in 1885

In December 1871, the Army's gun powder and ammunitions factory finally closed when the premises were acquired by Burmeister & Wain. The company had been based at Christianshavn Canal since 1846 when it was still a small machine workshop.

B&W existed until 1980 when it was sold to [[]]. The Christianshavn site was shot down a few years later. It was sold to a real estate development company in 1987.


  1. ^ "Det historiske hjørne" (PDF). Jørgen Villadsen W2C3. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  2. ^ "Appelbys Plads på Christianshavn. Engelskmandens Plads" (in Danish). Københavns biblioteker. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  3. ^ "Christianshavn" (in Danish). Applebys Have. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  4. ^ "Historien om Christianshavn fra sump over købstad og kommercielt kraftcenter til hyggelig bydel" (PDF) (in Danish). Retrieved 2012-11-20.