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Christiania

Prinsesseg. and Badsmandsstr., Copenhagen, Denmark (Christianshavn)
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As featured in 3 days in Copenhagen
Ranked #58 of 205 attractions in Copenhagen
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Biking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: Christania or by danish slang 'Øen' or 'Staden ' Christiania has about 500 000 visitors yearly and is the third greatest tourist attraction in... more »
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is a very different look at Copenhagen and life in general. Apart from what others say, you must do the tour. The place would look like a messy dump if you don't get the history. Nina gives good look through the place with commentary along the way. No where have I seen that this was a free tour and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I'm personally happy that I went through the neighborhood, because there are very few places in the world that are like Christiania. It should take about 30 minutes only. However, if you are very limited on time, there are other sites in Copenhagen that should be seen first. (Also, make sure to get a poster from there! They sell them... More

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A lovely green oasis near the city. I have to admire the 1000 residents of this area who have kept this place real for 40 years or so. It is an exercise in anti-capitalism and bringing out the creative spirit in us that is so often deadened by our material world. I loved all the interesting buildings these peeps have... More

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Los Angeles, California
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20 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went to Christiana through the free walking tours and it is an experience. I would not bring a family here. It's strange that you can 'tour' the area, but it is different. We felt safe during the daytime. Bring cash to buy something from their vendors. Christiana is worth a visit, just to see something different.

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London
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Reading this was an area taken over decades ago to become a place of "freedom" I expected this to be colourful, peace loving and very relaxed. Instead I thought it had a very sad aura, with a few occupants clearly not welcoming. One "musician" was dolefully strumming a guitar and when we walked past he spat audibly presumably because we... More

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Sydney
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This "tourist" attraction would have to rate as close to the worst and most uninviting places we have visited over many years of touring Europe. Even the local canal boat commentator took no comfort or pride in mentioning this location as we passed by. My wife and had already visited the community site the previous afternoon and while both open... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Christiania is supposed to be an alternative city in the city. I hope we can build a better world: I surely saw that the hippy dream is gone or dead... More suffering people there than happy songs and flowers. Just forget it !

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I'm glad I went to Christiania but I will not go back. I think I had a bit of an idealistic idea of what it was going to be like and was disappointed. It was really pretty seedy and threatening in some areas. Example: we were told to f-off by a dealer because we were stood near his fire bucket... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We made a guided tour through Christiania an learned a lot about that project. Very interesting to see how people live in a different way but having a lot of normal problems too. Beneath their special problems. If you're visiting Christiania without a tour you will only see old rotten buildings and get the smell of pot. With a tour... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Christiania is an interesting place to explore in the daytime, but I imagine it would look a bit seedy at night. I suppose the place has done a good job at remaining authentic and now allowing itself to turn too much into a tourist destination (probably because of the no-photo rule).

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