Christiania is an independent community in the heart of Copenhagen. Founded in the early 1970s as an ultra-liberal squatter settlement, it is now one of Copenhagen’s most popular tourist attractions. The area has its own rules, local government and is rarely visited by the Danish police.
In the ‘Green Light District’, you can buy and smoke cannabis without fear of arrest or social offence. At Nemoland there is an open air concert venue where you can watch live music for free every Sunday. The area also has many organic, vegetarian and vegan restaurants, founded on sustainable values.
There are only around 1,000 residents, but between them they have built the vast majority of buildings. You can see many fine examples of unique and creative architecture in a relaxed environment throughout this car-free community.
It’s less than 10 minutes’ walk from Christianshavn Metro station. In summer, we strongly recommended taking a guided tour from one of the residents. They run every day in July & August, starting at 15:00 at the main entrance. Tours cost 40 DKK (US$7) in cash per person.
The area is perfectly safe if you stick to the rules. You’ll notice signs in the area around Pusher Street with rules on. Stick to them, and you’ll stay out of trouble.
Sunday afternoons have the best vibe. This is when there is a full concert programme at Nemoland and when you’ll feel the community’s rich culture.
Take the tour if you possibly can. As with all informal communities, there is a rich oral history that can only be learned from a local. It will really top off your experience.