If you’re in Copenhagen, I highly recommend everyone visit Freetown Christiania. It is an incredibly unique and interesting place, a stark contrast to most of Copenhagen.
The area used to be a former military base so you can still find some military equipments and memorabilia lying around, for example, a tank. Currently there are around 800-1200 residents living in this autonomous region, and they have their own written and unwritten rules. When you leave the back of the board says “you are now entering the EU” aka European laws apply to you now.
It was so crazy (and typical) to find prayer flags and the Nepalese flag in the middle of Christiania. It kind of made me feel at home. It’s so vibrant and colourful inside, they have skateparks, cafes, museums, playgrounds and things you would find in any other neighbourhood. The only ‘unusual’ thing is Pusher Street aka the Green Light District, where photography is strictly prohibited.
I didn’t see the massive no camera sign *facepalm moment* so I was happily taking videos of the outside and the Nepalese restaurant just by the entrance of Pusher Street, when this dude came behind me and told me, very sternly, to delete all photos and videos. I was so taken aback and a little scared so immediately I deleted my pictures. Later, I found that the reason why no pictures are allowed is because cannabis is still illegal and there are quite a few traders in that area. Respectfully, I have no pictures/videos of Pusher Street.
Walking around the area is very safe and it is open to the public but you have to remember that this is still a residential area so be very careful and mindful of what you do and take pictures of. Anywhere you go, you have to respect the rules and wishes of the locals and Freetown Christiania is no exception to this rule.
Till my next stop x