Freetown Christiania is a green and car-free neighbourhood in Copenhagen, best known for its autonomous inhabitants’ different way of life. It was established in 1971 by a group of hippies who occupied some abandoned military barracks on the site and developed their own set of society rules, completely independent of the Danish government.
Christiania existed under special conditions for 40 years with constant conflicts and clashes between the local Christianites and the Danish state. After many years of uncertainty about the future of Christiania, an agreement was entered in 2011, which meant that on 1 July 2012, a foundation, the Foundation Freetown Christiania, was founded. The foundation now owns the entire part of Christiania located outside the protected ramparts and leases buildings and land on the ramparts, which are still owned by the state. Part of the money is raised by selling the symbolic Christiania shares.
Freetown Christiania is a mix of homemade houses, workshops, art galleries, music venues, cheap and organic eateries, and beautiful nature. It is still a society within a society, for an example you cannot buy a house in Christiania. You have to apply for it, and if successful, it is given to you. The area is open to the public – even with guided tours, run by the local Christianites.
For your own safety, visitors are advised not to film nor photograph in Christiania, especially not in the area in and around Pusher Street, mainly due to the hash dealing, which is illegal in Denmark. At the entrance you will find signs indicating 'do's and don'ts' in the area. We advice you to take them seriously and follow them for your own safety.
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Christiania Cykler is a bike rental and bike shop in freetown Christiania in Copenhagen. They are also the only place in Scandinavia where you can find the handbuilt Pedersen Bicycle.
You will find C...
Gay House, is a cultural meeting place for gay, lesbians and trans-genders in Copenhagen.
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Loppen is an alternative concert venue, housed in an old army hall, in Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen. Since 1973 it has welcomed alternative, aggressive, provocative and danceable music.
Morgenstedet is an organic, vegetarian eatery in freetown Christiania.
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The free town Christiania has always attracted people from all over the world, and so has the restaurant Spiseloppen in the old military building facing Prinsessegade.
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The Grey Hall
The Grey Hall is the largest concert hall in Christiania. It was originally built in 1891 as a riding venue in the army barracks. When Christiania was founded in the 70’s it quickly became a focal poi...