In my city of hearts, Copenhagen, there is a unique place in all of Europe, the district of Christiania on the island of Christianshavn.
Christiania is a singular place in the sense where for 40 years it was a self-managed city included in the city of Copenhagen, with its own currency, its laws and its flag.
In 1971, after the destruction of the former military base of Bådsmandsstræde (barracks of the princess in Danish), the journalist Jacob Ludvigsen declared the opening of the “free city”.
The goal was to create a self-managed, financially self-sustaining society where each individual would take care of their neighbor and the entire community, to fight physical and psychological misery.
Founded by Hippies, the district is known for its free sale of cannabis and other culinary specialty containing it. Although hard drugs have always been banned (as well as cars and guns, which is not the case in the rest of the country). their consumption led to banishment (which is always the case). It is this flexibility on recreational products that will cause its end.
Indeed, social experience will have held until 2013, after its special statu was withdrawn by the parliament.
In fact, I advise you not to buy pastries or lollipops, you could have surprises!
The stalls selling cannabis and other products have never really disappeared, it is just forbidden to photograph them.
Christiania is today a very lively and festive district, the houses are colorful, there is many street shows and concerts. Finally, there are many bars, restaurants and theaters at a much more affordable price than in any Copenhagen.
It’s not about drugs (I do not use them), but for all its other aspects Christiania is my Wonderland.