The most unusual place that is often recommended to visit in Copenhagen is Freetown Christiania.
A town made up of music venues, art galleries, homemade houses, known for its green, car free and most importantly an autonomous living, one that is completely independent from the Danish government, where one cannot simply purchase a house but must apply for it and get accepted by local residents, Christiania is a hippie commune in simple terms, with groups of people coexisting and following their own set of social rules.
Christiania is just a few blocks away from the Christianshavn Metro station and a visit to the Church of Our Saviour, its famous serpentine spire along the way is recommended. It is easy to know if you make it to the Freetown, as the view is completely different from the usual Copenhagen street of neat brick lanes and rows of colourful housing estates, in Christiania, it is graffiti everywhere that gives color to the place.
Visitors have varying opinion about Christiania, some are in awe to discover that an alternative, independent lifestyle can exist along the country’s social and political limits, while the majority are just curious to see if there is such thing as autonomous existence in the setting of modern society.
My personal take about Christiania from a visitor/tourist point of view is that your time is best spent on other Copenhagen attractions, particularly if you are travelling with family. I just simply don’t see anything special or anything unique about this place.
Perhaps my opinion is misplaced, perhaps it would be wise to visit Christiania on a walking tour, to put context to what it seems to be one big successful social experiment and perhaps, the primary reason why you should visit in group is for safety reason.
Despite drugs being illegal in Denmark, the main thoroughfare of Pusher Street is a known place for hash and other types of drugs dealing. Since everything that is happening in this area is illegal, don’t ever get tempted to take any photo or you might face some aggressive guys that will force you to delete the photos you took and will make you fear for your safety.
Don’t limit your visit to this side of Copenhagen to seeing Freetown Christiania only, the area of Christianshavn, quartered by the canal and lively residential area is a pleasant place to walk around.
Though if you really want to be high and free, taking the Vertigo ride at one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, The Tivoli Gardens is the way to go.
A park for the young and the old, opened in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is a national treasure. It might not be as big as Disneyland or other amusement parks, maybe the rides are not the latest or the world’s fastest, but the nostalgic ambiance of the park is what makes it special.