Freetown Christiania mural © Quistnix
Freetown Christiania is a partially self-governing neighbourhood in the borough of Christianshavn, Copenhagen, dominated largely by a freethinking 'hippy' culture. Local rules forbid stealing, violence, guns, knives, bulletproof vests and hard drugs. Aside from its cannabis smoking affinity, Christiana is also well known for its inhabitants' love of meditation and yoga and for the art work all over the area which makes it so colourful and creative. It is celebrated by many as a showcase of the progressive and liberated Danish lifestyle, although the area's popularity is not universal, and detractors see it as a kind of 'Losers' Paradise'.
Visitors can enjoy the neighbourhood's peaceful green environment and its magical combination of village and metropolitan life by visiting the various stalls, cafes and art galleries and taking a stroll around the pretty lake area. It is also lovely to just wander around and take in the different homes in the area, many of which are really original and impressive. People tend to be very friendly and laid back, as you would expect, but be careful about taking photos of anything to do with the sale or consumption of cannabis because some of the residents get very nervous - there are signs up warning people not to take photos because despite the relaxed atmosphere marijuana is still illegal in Denmark.