Christiana is the other side of refined and polished Copenhagen; the Alternative Copenhagen, as locals and visitors have dubbed it.
The over 35-year old self-proclaimed Free State occupies what used to be army grounds. When the army moved out in the 1970s, neighboring citizens then decided to use the grounds as a playground. Word spread around, and hundreds of hippies, experimentalists, and professionals seeking new roots congregated and made themselves at home. Today, Christiana is famous for its lively music venues, shops, restaurants and bars; remarkable dwellings that range from 17th-century barracks strewn all over with flower-power graffiti to railways carriages, tree houses, and pyramids; recycling and environment-friendly way of life; and Christiana bicycles and tricycles.
How to get there
By bus: 66 from the Copenhagen Main Railway. By metro: Christianshavn.