Sometimes you find a place that is just so you, you can’t imagine a time when you’d not been there. I have a few, and Copenhagen as a city is definitely on that list, but while I was there I found somewhere extra special. Christiana Copenhagen is a place so full of colour and quirky things I shot about 100 photos during my two hours there, and said ‘wow’ more times than I could count. There’s no way I could visit somewhere this fantastic without talking to you guys about it, so this post has my thoughts and feelings about Christiana, as well as some of the best photographs I took there. Christiana Copenhagen is a pretty amazing place and I hope this post shows you a little bit about why I feel that way.
As soon as I’d booked my Flixbus Coach to Copenhagen I knew I wanted to see Christiana. This free spirited international commune is somewhere that seems to divide opinion-when I asked on Twitter who’d been and what they thought, I had as many people replying who hated it as I did those who loved it, which suprised me. Some said they felt a bit unsafe or that there was a weird vibe. I didn’t get that impression at all, I felt safe wandering around alone during a quiet day and I’d happily go back. Christiana is somewhere where there’s something new around every corner, another street art piece, a skate park or a gorgeously odd mosaic in the centre of a small, park like space. At the other end I was surprised to find a large lake-if the weather had been warmer I would have walked around it to carry on exploring and see what was at the other side, but as I visited in February I sat for a few moments enjoying the peace before turning back.
Freetown Christiana, or Christiana as the locals know it, was originally a military area but in the 70s became a commune, and it’s developed into the ‘lawless’ society it is today. These days it’s not particularly lawless-officially they don’t follow Danish law and prefer to set their own but their rules are more decent than hippy in my opinion. The Cannabis use within the commune was tolerated by Danish authorities until 2004 but these days there are regular raids, including one during my visit. The majority of the laws they follow are obvious ones-like no guns, for example-and I have no problem with this version of society. Let people live how they want as long as they’re not harming anyone else, right?
Officially, you shouldn’t be taking photos in Christiana at all. Actually, though, as long as you’re not shooting the locals going about their business (which is just rude to do anyway) or the Green Light area Pusher Street where they’re selling Weed you’re fine. I had my camera round my neck the whole time and no one cared. Lots of the art on display had the artists’ Instagram handles anyway, so they definitely wanted it to be photographed.
Since returning from the trip and sharing a few Christiana photos on my social media channels, I’ve had really mixed thoughts on the area. Some people loved it, feeling the same way I did about the laid back lifestyle and loving the colour everywhere, but a fair few really didn’t like it-people who normally love colour and street art, which surprised me. I’d love to hear your thoughts on Christiana Copenhagen, whether you’ve been or just read about it, so do leave a comment below.