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Destination Copenhagen: Christiania

In the very center of Copenhagen, on the island Amager, in the district Christianshaven lives the last hippie community of Europe.

It all began in 1971 when a group of hippies occupied an abandoned military buildings green area of 35 hectares, later deciding to give birth to a new self-governing society operating under the "consensus democracy", based on the principle of collective ownership and economically independent, with its own currency. A perfect place to live and raise their children in a spirit of peace, love, freedom and respect for the environment.

Christiania was thus proclaimed "free city" and after several attempts by the government to remove the occupiers, at last the community was declared a self-governing community. A small city within a city with its craft shops, post office, kindergarten, cinema, theater, typography, a free radio, a bicycle factory (the famous Pedersen), restaurants, bars, clubs where listening to concerts of all kinds, the ecological oven, the football team, the local flag, even the national anthem. It is a community far away from the world, governed by few rules: rejection of the state and violence, absence of private property, war to hard drugs.

Christiania was famous for putting the cars ban (only permitted movement means: foot and bike) and photographs (absolutely forbidden to take pictures), for the absence of the police (their presence over time, however, was increased), for the free circulation of soft drugs. In "Pusher Street", the drug dealers’ street, until 2004 it was even possible to buy, in the sunlight, hashish and grass at special kiosks. After that date their stores returned underground.

The particular way of life of its 900 inhabitants (hippies, anarchists, independent, artists), the separation (as possible) from the outside world, the stories about Christiania, have helped to give the community of hippies a special charm, to wrap the small republic freak in a halo of legend (also thanks to the stays and the performances of some myths of music) so as to become, in a short time, one of the main tourist attractions of the capital.

Destination of alternative young people looking for some transgression, of tourists intrigued by a social reality far from the classical schemes, of those who still believe in the ideology of an anarchist pacifism, Christiania is the last bastion of hippie culture free from prejudice and preconceptions. The dream of a free world, not conformed, to which business interests, real estate speculation and the market rules want to end.

USEFULL INFO

Opening hours: open air

Admission: free

How to reach: Metro Christianshavn (M1, M2)

Address: Prinsessegade 37, 1422 København K

Juri

Born in Riccione, a seaside town on the Italian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Of Italian father and a Russian mother, I always define myself a crossroads of cultures, in fact I never identified with a nationality, considering myself a real world citizen.
From the early years of life I've traveled, living periods of time abroad, experiences that have further increased my openness towards the new and the different, and the ability to think outside the box.
I'm graduated Expert for Tourism, and continued hmy studies with a Masters Degree in Economics and Management. During and after the studies, I had a multitude of different jobs, mostly oriented towards tourism (my true passion, together with art and opera). Since 2008 I lives in Milan, working in the finance department of an Italian multinational company.
My passion for culture, led me to found in 2013, Kitabu, a publishing house specializing in the publication of books in electronic format, with which in 2015 I launched various projects regarding web-based magazines about different cultural and leisure themes, on of wich is TravelTv.
Despite the many commitments, however, I've never stopped traveling extensively the world, trying in every place to identify myself with the local population.

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