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Copenhagen/Christiania

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==Get in==
Christiana Christiania is car free, and parking conditions outside can be hellish on good weather, so do what everyone else does and jump on a bike, if that doesn't cut it, take public transit; there are two options:
* Take the '''metro''' to Christianshavn station, from there it's about a 6 minute walk (500m), when you exit the metro station continue straight ahead (south) until the 2nd intersection (there is a furniture store on the corner) turn left down (east) ''Prinsessegade'' and walk a couple of hundred meters, you won't miss it, if you have any sort of idea what you are looking for.
There are hundreds of buildings on Christiania, in all sorts of imaginative shapes, sizes and colours - from old army buildings dating back to the by-gone barrack days, to elaborate self-build homes. The best way to see them is just walking around sucking in the atmosphere. All the buildings have their own unique story to tell - if you're friendly, open minded, a bit lucky - and outside the main tourist season, you can sometimes get locals to tell you the, often amazing, stories of their particular house, otherwise the regular walking tours are a good introduction to the main sights.
{{Infobox|Smoke-away?|Arguably the most famous tourist draw to Christiania, is no longer there, but rather on the National Museum in [[Copenhagen/Indre By|downtown]]. The old colourful hash-stalls which used to line Pusher street, was torn down down by the Christianites in 2004, in an attempt to gain permanent rights to occupy the area from the right wing government. One of them, the signature blue "Ryg med hjem (Smoke-away, rather than take-away)" booth, was salvaged, and is now on display in the modern collection of the National museum, complete with furnace, sales tables and instruments to sell marijuanacannabis, but without the authentic goods. The present marijuana cannabis salesmen have to make do with parasols and gas lamps.[[Image:Cph_Hashbod.jpg|center|200px]]}}
* <see name="Fredens Ark" alt="Ark of Peace" directions="" address="Fredens Eng" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The Ark is not only the largest building on Christiania, it is also the largest half-timbered house in Northern Europe. Built in 1837, It was originally the main building of the barracks, with sleeping and officers quarters. Today around 80 people live in the protected building, and the lower levels are home of the 'Rockmaskinen' club which has occational events and the community's social counseling (Herfra og videre)</see>
* <see name="Mælkebøtten" alt="The Dandelion" directions="" address="Langgaden" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This cluster of buildings a good walk up Langgade, dates back to the middle of 19th century, and was previously the laboratory of the country department (Landetaten). The impressive gate-building is probably the finest of the old buildings on Christiania, and the wonderful contrast of the Buddhist Stupa out in front makes for a good photo opportunity, above the gate is King Christian IIV's gold monogram. If you step inside the yellow building opposite is now called the townhall, but it used to be a rocket factory. The whole complex is protected.</see>
* <see name="Vilhelms Bastion" alt="Børneengen" address="Nordområdet" directions="" addressphone="" url="Nordområdet" phonehours="" emailprice="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">Is one of the old bastions of the fortification on which Christiania is buildbuilt, and has a set of protected buildings. '''Kommandørhuset''' is a pretty, yellow, half timbered house which used to serve as a guard building, the eave on the eastern side was extended to allow for the soldiers to stand stay dry during rain. It was supposedly build built and constructed by an Italian architect. Another protected building here is the '''Krudthuset''', the oldest building on the mound from 1665, which used to be a gunpowder storage store but is now used as a residence. The area is now used for many activities for the local kids, with a riding school, stables and playgrounds.</see>
[[Image:Cph-Pusherstreet.jpg|thumb|250px|Camera's Cameras away, you've reached Pusher streetStreet]]
* <see name="Gallopperiet" alt="Stadens Museum for Kunst, Christiania Art Museum" directions="In the "Loppen" building" address="Sydområdet" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.gallopperiet.dk" hours="Tuesday-Sunday 2PM-7PM." price="">A pun to the much more conformist "Statens Museum for Kunst" in downtown, Stadens (which is the colloquial name for Christiania) Museum for kunst is a gallery and book café with changing art exhibitions. It's in the 2nd floor of the Loppen building which was a military storage building when it was constructed back in 1863. A good call, since the quite large and rustic exbition space, is a really pleasant place to breeze through.</see>
[[Image:Cph-Christiana-beach.jpg|thumb|250px|Christiania's beach]]
* <do name="ALIS in Wonderland" alt="" directions="" address="Prærieområdet" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">From humble beginnings with a small skate ramp founded by a skater-oriented community on Pusher street (ALIS), this skate ramp - crafted by local skaters who were invited to built build whatever they wanted after their old ramp was forced to relocate from noise complaints. The efforts turned into roll-ins, pool corners and oververts, and after a harsh winter took its toll with the ramp was in dire straits, friends were called back in - and many hours later the ramp was indoor, with inside and outside balconies and an exotic atmosphere with Hawaiian paintings and hammocks. The outside 'Wonderland' mural drawing from the familiar fairytale is an attraction in it's own right.</do>
* <do name="Christiania Jazzclub" alt="" address="Mælkevejen" directions="The 2nd building on your left after you enter Pusher street." phone="" url="http://www.christiania-jazzclub.com/" hours="W&amp;F:9PM-late" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">This Jazz club, housed in Christiania's childrens theatre, has an amazing atmosphere - and if you play any instruments, often you can go to stage and jam away at the late hours of the night after the band of the night have finished up.</do>
==Buy==
[[Image:Cph-Christiania-mural.jpg|thumb|250px|One of the many colorful murals on in Christiana]]
Christiania offers some truly unique shopping, apart from it's (in)famous major export item; Cannabis. If you want to bring home a really unique souvenir from Copenhagen, there are a bunch of interesting options here. In addition to stores listed below, there is also a Bazaar at the entrance to Pusher street where you can buy everything from Cannabis posters, to bongs and Jamaican clothing.
With some of the best vegetarian food you'll find anywhere in town, the residents love for everything organic, and the social responsibly (and socialism) so enshrined in the fabric of Christiana culture, that prices are kept at quite reasonable levels - especially considering the quality, Christiania is an excellent place for lunch and dinner. Often there is an open barbecue up on Pusher street dishing some yummy burgers and hot dogs.
*<eat name="Månefiskeren" alt="Moonfisher" address="" directions="Just just behind Pusher street in ChristianiaSt" phone="+45 3257 1456" url="http://home.christiania.org/~moon/" hours="10.00 10AM- 24.00midnight" price="" lat="" long="">Relaxed café with room for both Christianites and people just dropping by for a cup of coffee, a game of Table table football or billiards. Has some descent sandwiches and good cakes from time to time, but doesn't does not serve alcohol (as joints are welcome though).</eat>
*<eat name="Morgenstedet" alt="" address="Fabriksområdet 134 " directions="" phone="" url="http://www.morgenstedet.dk/mainenglish.htm" hours="Tu-Su:noon-9PM" price="Mains from 70 Kr" lat="" long="">Morgenstedet is a vegetarian eatery, and all the food here is made from organic and fresh vegetables from a Danish farm. Nice outdoor seating along benches in the garden, and nice rustic interiors inside. The service is can be really laid back, and the place is mostly self-service, but the open kitchen and talkative chefs make up for it,</eat>
*<eat name="Spiseloppen" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+45 32 57 95 58" url="http://www.spiseloppen.dk/" hours="Tu-Su 5PM-10PM" price="Mains from 165 Kr" lat="" long="">A nice restaurant where the menu changes daily, and according to what fresh foods are available during the different seasons. There is always a fish and a vegetarian dish on the menu, and the ethnic mix in the kitchen usually ensures an amazing variety throughout the week</eat>
 
*<eat name="Café Nemoland" alt="" address="Fabriksområde 52" directions="by the end of Pusher street" phone="+45 3295 8931" url="http://www.nemoland.dk/engelsk/engelsk.html" hours="9.00 - 21.00 (In Summer until 22.00)" price="" lat="" long="">This lovely place is part outdoor beer garden, part concert venue, part indoor café, with possibility to eat outside. Creative decoration, and the most varied crowd you are likely to see anywhere in Copenhagen.</eat>
*<eat name="Sunshine Bakery" alt="" address="Pusher street" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="24H" price="" lat="" long="">A kiosk and bakery hybrid with bread, cakes and sandwiches, coffee, tea, dairy products, soft drinks, cigarettes etc., both for take away, or enjoying at the outdoor benches in front of the bakery.</eat>
*<drink name="Café Nemoland" alt="" address="Fabriksområde 52" directions="by the end of Pusher street" phone="+45 3295 8931" url="http://www.nemoland.dk/engelsk/engelsk.html" hours="10.00 - 02.00 (Weekends until 3.00)" price="" lat="" long="">This lovely place is part outdoor beer garden, part concert venue, part indoor café. Creative decoration, and the most varied crowd you are likely to see anywhere in Copenhagen.</drink>
*<drink name="Woodstock" alt="" address="Pusher Street" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="9AM-05AM" price="" lat="" long="">A Public house with occasional live music. Breakfast, sandwiches, beer, soft drinks, alcohol, coffee and tea.</drink>
*<drink name="Månefiskeren" alt="Moonfisher" address="" directions="Just behind Pusher street in Christiania" phone="+45 3257 1456" url="http://home.christiania.org/~moon/" hours="10.00 - 24.00" price="" lat="" long="">Relaxed café with room for both Christianites and people just dropping by for a cup of coffee, a game of Table football or billiards. Has some descent sandwiches and good cakes from time to time, but doesn't serve alcohol. Many organic drinks ''are'' available though. (joints are also welcome).</drink>
==Sleep==
There is no public option for sleeping, unless you bump into someone willing to lend you a couch. The nearest hotels are in [[Copenhagen/Amager|Amager]] or [[Copenhagen/Indre By|Downtown]]
==ContactStay Safe==Because of its tolerance of cannabis and autonomy against the authorities, Christiania has attracted a lot of criminal elements throughout time. Today it is real pushers selling the cannabis on Pusher Street, where some of them work for bigger gangs. As mentioned in the beginning, it is not a good idea to take photographs in or near Pusher Street, since you will be passed up by a local pusher or gang member, with threats of violence or humiliation of the worst kind. None of them want to be identified by the police, which means they have to keep a low profile. They even keep an eye out for suspicious behavior of policemen or journalists working undercover. That is why it is important to behave as normal as possible. That being said, it is a matter of respect of the drug dealing environment and its rules and you should have no problem at all. Just use basic common sense, by keeping an eye on your surroundings, your belongings and by keeping a low profile, as to not attract any unwanted attention. Having said that, Christiania is usually a safe and open place for everybody, as long as local rules and people are respected and tolerated.
Keep in mind that in Denmark possession of cannabis is illegal. Unless you are familiar and experienced with that kind of soft drugs, it is recommended that you do not buy any of the types of cannabis that the pushers are offering at their stands, except rolling papers in some Kiosks. Police often patrol the surrounding area and if you are caught through an inspection, you can expect to be fined or imprisoned, depending on how much cannabis you are in possession of. This is more of a warning if you are outside of Christiania, since the police hardly ever manage it to get inside.
==Respect==
What was mentioned about respecting the criminal activities is more for your own safety, these rules are also, but mostly not to get into bad company:
* While cannabis and a few other soft drugs is tolerated, possessing hard drugs makes you absolutely unwelcome.
* Because of governmental restrictions and the inside atmosphere of these, taverns, venues, cafés and restaurants do not allow the smoking of cannabis inside their buildings. This is a rule for most of the buildings, open to the public.
* Behave well, even if a person might seem uncomfortable. At last, they are very nice and respects you being here, no matter what you're up to or doing.
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