Christiania, Denmark


Think toy town with fluffy clouds of marijuana over it and definitely no Mr Plod the policeman. The ‘free town’ of Christiania in Copenhagen is a unique, self-contained, self-governing community outside Danish law.

Nestled in pretty woodland on the city’s edge, Christiania is bursting with colour, creativity and hippy spirit: quirky houses, flowery bicycles, veggie restaurants, art galleries, hand-built children’s playgrounds, composting toilets and an outdoor music stage.

Started in 1971 by squatters who took over some old military barracks, the 850 residents have created their own bakery, hairdressers, post office, theatre, jazz club and radio station. There is even a communal bath house.

Visitors can explore its nooks and crannies at will, but photos are strictly forbidden.

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