Holding the city map we entered the streets of the Christianshavn district, past the Our Saviour's Church (we've been there the day after) and at some point we saw a wall completely covered with murals, then a wooden bow with the yellow sign CHRISTIANIA .
The road was made of debris, there were many trees, huts, market stands.
The first thing we found was a warning sign:
- HAVE FUN
- DON'T RUN, IT CAUSES PANIC
- NO PHOTOS: BUYING AND SELLING HASH IS STILL ILLEGAL
We were on Pusher Street: stalls were covered by camouflage cloths and the pushers, hidden behind hats, scarves and sunglasses, worked smoothly.
There was a large open space with lots of stalls selling clothing, handmade jewellery, souvenirs and flags: by the way, Christiania has its own flag! Red with three horizontal yellow dots 😆
This square was surrounded by a little hill with many benches; we sat down with a thousand questions blending in our mind. A nice Italian guy told us the story of Christiania.
In 1971 a group of hippies seized a former naval base, proclaiming Fristad, free town. Over the years the Danish Government has tried to remove the occupiers several times, unsuccessfully. Even today, the police do not enter Christiania, and every time the authorities request the illegal activities suspension, the residents deny.
For example, in 2002 the government asked that the hashish trade was carried out less visibly: the inhabitants covered the stalls with camouflage tarps 😂 After years of struggle, people have reached an agreement with the authorities: Christiania remains free on condition that they will buy all the land, which extends in a large park with a lake, valued 10 million Euros!
Christiania is the biggest squatted center of the world, located in the middle of a capital city.
The 1,000 of people living there are out of Copenhagen legislation, do not pay taxes and are self-managed.
Our friend advised us to take a walk in the park, and on the way we saw their houses, shops and a kindergarten. Almost everything made out of wood, covered with graffiti, surrounded by luxuriant nature. Paths were crossed just by people or cyclists (cars are not allowed), with no lights, no pavement.
Coming back to the entrance we noticed that behind the "Christiania" sign is written:
YOU ARE NOW ENTERING IN THE EU
P.s. pics made by phone 😏