I wanted to give Christiania its own special mention as part of my trip to Copenhagen, it’s a very special place and very different from the rest of the city, so I thought it deserved special mention. Christiania is basically a little “hippie” community in Copenhagen. I don’t know the terms or how someone gets to live there, but there are no cars allowed, no street signs from what I could see, and many of the houses also function as artists' studios, independent shops, and restaurants.
I had read about Christiania before I came to Copenhagen and heard that it was quite a touristy area. Lucky for me I found it while going for an after lunch walk my first day, and entered through the more residential part of the neighborhood, away from the popular crowded market streets. I didn’t come across many other people as I made my way through the meandering paths. There were a few other tourists, some builders, and a handful of local residents but for the most part I was by myself, which I quite enjoyed.
The atmosphere was calm and soothing. The homes are filled with personal touches; a little drawing on the side of a wall here, a personalized trash bin there. The houses aren’t like in the rest of Copenhagen; they’re either only one or two stories high and very simple or a little taller and ornately decorated and painted bright colors. My favorite thing about Christiania was the artistic expression everywhere. Paintings on signs, drawings, graffiti or doorways and dumpsters, murals, mosaics, and painted tiles in the street. Many of the artists there have open studios where people can visit, talk to the artist, or buy a painting. My second favorite thing; the kick-ass gardens, I was getting a major case of plant envy by the end of my exploring. In addition to trees and plants growing everywhere, the personal gardens outside people’s homes were flourishing and beautifully cared for, a true inspiration for plant lovers everywhere. it was such a cool place to visit and amazing that it exists inside the middle of a major city!