Christiania, also known as Freetown Christiania is a society within society. A self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of about 850 residents. It’s full of vibrant scenery with a gritty edge, with some spots looking sort of trippy and post-apocalyptic.
There are bendy, narrow streets where no cars are allowed. No one is running (strict rule of no running in Christiania as it makes people anxious) so there is a calm feeling throughout the neighbourhood.
There is a completely mixed bag of people in Christiana. Groups of foreign tourists on guided tours blend in with chilled-out youngsters and the locals who work in the various small shops and cafees where you can pay with a special Christiania currency. But I would say that it is mainly tourists these days.. Christiania is one of Denmark’s most popular tourist attractions. Every year the freetown attracts between a half and a million visitors who come to experience this very special and controversial area.
It’s a bucket-list destination for sure — with an atmosphere and a spirit that pictures simply don’t do justice.
Here, I am wearing my trusty travel hat (10 pounds from a Soho market) and Birkenstocks sold here