Christiania

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medlien_dsouza medlien_…
1 reviews
A hippie dwelling bang in the middle of the other wise grand city Mar 10, 2011
I found the most well behaved hippies here..very clean too :) In this piece of land the Danish law really don't apply. Its a free state. Photography is banned though, as people grow marijuana there. The best part is that you feel teleported as soon as you walk in from the main city of Copenhagen
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RasmusDK RasmusDK
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See it before its to late Mar 03, 2011
This part of copenhagen is a place with no real laws, people dont pay tax and almost anything is legal.

But soon this part of copenhagen - will no longer be so "free".

So see it before its too late.

Its only 10 min walk from city center.
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Saraswati84 Saraswat…
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To be seen Jul 03, 2011
A town within a city, a rebel neighborhood within a well-ordered society. This is Christiania (Freetown), Denmark, a small community smack dab in the middle of Copenhagen, Denmark. Within this community are tiny houses, built by hand and with whatever materials are within reach.

Christiania began in 1971 as an occupation of disused army barracks in the southern portion of Copenhagen near a lake. The 900 or so freethinking individuals who inhabit the area are a self governing community who refuse to pay taxes to the Danish government, run their own businesses and schools, live without cars on unpaved roads, build their own houses, restaurants and civil buildings and even have their own currency.

Until 2004, one of the main attractions in Christiania was a series of hash stands on the main thoroughfare, which was named Pusher Street. While hard drugs have always been banned by community law, the hash trade was a burgeoning business for Christiania until the Danish government finally cracked down and the town was forced to refocus its business ventures. Visitors now come to Christiania for inexpensive, ethnic food, music concerts, coffee shops, yoga studios, farmers’ markets and handmade gift stalls. However, there is still a drug element in parts of the town.

The tiny houses of Christiania are wild, freeform, colorful and charming. A vernacular architecture that blends in with surrounding trees and flowers. Walking around the park-like neighborhoods, you would never guess you are right in the middle of the city. Birds are singing, there are fish in the large lake in the middle of Christiania and community members ride around on bikes.

Some of the Christiania houses are even re-created from old shepherds huts, bathhouses and gypsy wagons.

However, photos of the houses, people, children and Pusher Street are discouraged. This is a hippie throwback community, but it is still home to hundreds of people who choose to raise their children in Christiania rather than out in Copenhagen proper. Most pro-Christiania citizens believe that the Danish government wants the community disbanded, probably because they are located on one of the most expensive and beautiful areas of the city.

Photos don’t do it justice, you just have to visit Christiania and see it for yourself. When you do, don’t forget to pick up a “Bevar Christiania”, or “Save Christiania” sticker.
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thunderhammer thunderh…
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Christiania - The other side of Copenhagen Apr 15, 2011
If you are going to Copenhagen, odds are good you have heard of Christiania - The free town.

It is a township of (former) squatters who took some land the government didn't use anymore. After some fights with local authorities they gained a de facto right to stay there. It is organized as a sort of self governing township with a population of alternative lifestyles, artists, people who don't fit in in the general population, young rebels, former hippies and of course the pushers it is also known of.

It is difficult to describe the atmosphere there, but it is definitely worth a visit. You will see quite a different Copenhagen from the otherwise urbanized, polished and cool Copenhagen. And people usually react kindly to tourists poking around as long as you show some basic respect for their way of life and privacy. Last time I showed a Belarussian friend of mine around (at night), we got invited into a home of an artist for a talk and some coffee.

And in pricey Copenhagen, this is one of the attractions you can enjoy for free!

There is occasionally violence going on there but if you stay away from trouble it will not hit you as a visitor. I have not heard of random tourists being targeted for that and robberies are rare too. It's mostly battles between malcontents, the police and the drug dealers living there. Your biggest risk will be pick pockets and perhaps the temptation to try out some of the soft drugs on sale.

It is accessible at any time, though I would advice some more caution if you go there at night (though it's quite a unique and interesting experience, I might add)

I will not deal with the moral issues of weather you should try any of the funny tobacco they have on sale more or less openly. As for the legal issues, the police used to not pay too much attention to what was going on there. Now, however, they have increased the police presence and crackdowns also hit customers now and then. If you decide to do so, you should know that it is punished with a fee (assuming you only have what counts as possession) of 2000 DKK.

So in short, if you want to see another side of Copenhagen that is yet part of it's soul, you should visit Christiania.
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Saraswati84 Saraswat…
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To be seen Jul 03, 2011
When you are ready for something a bit different, then head out to Christiania in the district of Christianshavn. The freetown Christiania was founded in 1971 by a group of hippies who developed their own set of rules, completely independent of the Danish government.

Even though the government has succeed to some extend to clean up, the area – and the people - is still very unique. It is a society within a society, but open to the public – even with guided tours. Christiania is a mixture of creatively built houses, workshops, galleries, music venues, cheap eateries and beautiful nature.
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wandafromtexas says:
thanks for the advice !!!
Posted on: Jul 03, 2013
aimeemichelle aimeemic…
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Cozy & chill- Awesome! Jun 23, 2011
I have been to Christiania several times now and it's by far my favorite place to go in Copenhagen. Most people go there to smoke or drink but I completely enjoyed myself doing neither. It is a great place to get out of the city, sit by the water, listen to music, and enjoy nature and art.
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opinari opinari
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A very strange city-within-a-city Sep 13, 2009
This town is a counter-culture center in the middle of Copenhagen. Graffiti covers almost every bit of available surface. There is almost always some type of live music playing at a free public stage. Good vegetarian restaurant. Lots of bums walking around, and the air is thick with pot smoke. Drug dealers are everywhere, which is a bit scary.
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Kate_Rach Kate_Rach
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Neat Hippie Village Sep 23, 2008
Christiania is really neat. The roads are dirt and no cars are allowed inside the wall of this self-goverened community. Drugs are sold on Pusher Street so cameras are not allowed in this area. All of the buildings are spray painted. It is well worth the walk to the area. I love the sign as you leave that states "You are now entering the EU." I highly recommend a walk around and the best part is that it's free in a city as expensive as Copenhagen.
Graffiti Wall
As you leave Christinia, "You are …
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wandafromtexas says:
sounds like an exciting discoveryTHANKS!!
Posted on: Jul 03, 2013
donmateo says:
@spitsinfaces, who are you to judge someone's life choices so harshly soley because they don't conform to your conception of how life 'should be lived.' although you (or i) may not agree with how these individuals choose to live their life they should be respected for having the courage to not conform to the marginalizing, prejudicial, and inhibiting rules, norms, and moores of mainstream society (if indeed they are living their by choice). nonetheless, as i am almost positive that you did not take any time whatsoever to introduce yourself to any of the people living there nor bother to hear the stories of why and how they came to be there, your blind criticism is less of an attack on them but rather a defense of how ignorant and snobbish you really are. as for me, the only thing i lament is the fact that these, as you called them, "shuffling zombies," didn't eat your brain while you were there, because certainly they would have put it to better use than you have. nonetheless, i am not surprised that this comment came from a user called "spitsinfaces."
Posted on: Jan 10, 2011
mbeltoft says:
Nice review but i have to comment on one thing: There's no sale of drugs on Christiania. There is a very strict rule that anyone who is seen selling or using drugs on Christiania will be kicked out and is not welcome ever again. However the sale of smokeables such as hashish or marijuana is sold openly from street stalls as this is not considered a drug. The police does not agree with this view and patrol Christiania on a regular basis and does not hesitate to hand out fines if they see someone enjoying a bit of weed. You will not get arrested though.
Posted on: Jan 30, 2009

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