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Christiania

Always colourful and endlessly controversial, Christiania is a unique place to visit. More than a city district, it's a way of life.

Christiania

Copenhagen's colourful free city

In 1971 an abandoned military area in the Christianshavn district of the city was taken over by squatters. They claimed the area as a free city, free of taxes and run by their own laws. New settlers poured in to this alternative area and the social experiment of a few free thinkers became a permanent feature of the city. Christiania survives and adapts and it is still a vibrant alternative hub in the city, with around 1000 people permanently living in the area. 

Christiania

Visiting Christiania

Christiania is a real experience; a hotch-potch of warehouses, huts and houses, colourful murals and outdoor sculptures. Visitors are welcome to stroll around Christiania and to eat and drink in the area’s cafés, restaurants and bars. There are a number of live music and other outdoor events in Christiania over the summer and a few nightclubs to enjoy. You can also walk around the lake which Christiania backs on to. Join a guided tour by one of the locals throughout the summer to get to know this unique part of the city.

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