Photo Credit: Peter Holliday
Christianshavn is a local Venice known for its café-lined canals and a bohemian at- mosphere with trendy shops. The area is home to the world-famous restaurant, no- ma, as well as Freetown Christiania, a self- proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of about 850 residents living in abandoned military barracks. Christiania has estab- lished its own set of rules that visitors must adhere to while exploring the village. You aren’t allowed to take photos, run or be on you phone – especially when near Pusher Street, where cannabis is sold. Don’t forget that selling and possessing cannabis is ille- gal in Denmark.
Wear your best walking shoes and take the 400-step stairway to a beautiful city view from the top of the 90-metre tall, golden tower of the Church of Our Saviour (Vor Frel- ser Kirke).
Rent a small boat, do a canal tour or sim- ply explore the charming streets with old buildings on foot. Strandgade 32 was built in 1624 and is supposedly the oldest building in the district.
When King Christian IV began building
Christianshavn with the help from various Dutch architects in 1619, he had a vision of a trading centre. Later, it became a working- class neighbourhood, and today the area is a very sought-after place to live in Copenha- gen.
Is all the exploring making you hungry?
Stop by one of Copenhagen’s hip street food markets: Reffen or The Bridge Street Kitchen, where you can indulge in food from all over the world.
Photo Credit: Wonderful Copenhagen