In 1971 an abandoned 41 hectare military camp on the eastern side of Christianshavn was taken over by squatters who proclaimed it a ‘free state’ of Christiania, subject to their own law rights. The police tried to clear the area but it was the height of the hippie revolution and an increasing number of alternative folk throughout Denmark continued to pour in, attracted by the concept of communal living and the prospect of reclaiming military land for communal purposes. Bowing to public pressure the government allowed the community to continue as a social experiment. About 1000 people settled into Christiania, turning the old barracks into schools and housing.
It’s a very unique place where you will find all sorts of creativity, being famous for its Christiania bikes, which are modified with a cart at the front for your children to ride in. Architecture-wise everything goes. Some houses are put together with found materials, others exude very original styles indeed. In Christiania there are no building restrictions.
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The Tivoli gardens really come alive in the summertime, when Danes flock here in large numbers. Situated in the heart of the city, the gardens are a tantalising combination of amusement rides, flower gardens, food pavilions, carnival games and open-air stage shows. This genteel, ever-popular entertainment park dates back to 1843.
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Groften is a very traditional style Danish restaurant in Tivoli Gardens which is popular with celebrities and locals alike. It’s famous for its Smorrebrod, which is rye bread served with a variety of toppings. Wash it down with a Tuborg beer.
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