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DENMARK and Freetown Christiania


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Copenhagen; Population - 5.8 million; Currency - Danish Krone

Me and flying aren't good friends, so after bailing out of a flight to Copenhagen I took the train from London to Brussels and on to Denmark via Cologne and Hamburg. Phew! - December 2017. MORE DENMARK

 

denmarknoteThough Denmark is an EU member it's not in the Euro-zone, using the Danish Krone instead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

denmark2Probably Copenhagen's most famous sight is Tivoli Gardens - Copenhagen

 

denmark7Tivoli Gardens is one of the most popular amusement parks in the world, and also one of the oldest - Copenhagen

 

denmark9 In addition to the rides there's several restaurants (pictured), parks, music concerts, souvenir shops and theatre - Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

denmark12A chinese pagoda at Tivoli Gardens - Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

denmark25The 17th century Rundetaarn translates to the Round Tower, which is exactly what it is. Walk in circles up to the viewpoint for good views and, if you book, to see the observatory - Copenhagen

 

denmark28The Oresund Bridge is an amazing structure linking Copenhagen to Malmo in Sweden around 16km across the sea. The crossing consists of bridge, artificial island then tunnel to make the - check out the photo in the link. On the right is the spiral-towered church in Christianshavn known as Vor Frelsers Kirke - Copenhagen

 

denmark27Looking down on the pedestrian street of Kobmagergade from the Round Tower - Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

denmark47Christmas stalls line the road at Nyhavn - Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

denmark60Nyhavn canal is a big tourist hangout; entertain yourself with bars, restaurants, shops and boat trips - Copenhagen

 

denmark61Boats moored on Nyhvan, which boasts Hans Christian Andersen as one of its former residents - Copenhagen

 

denmark56Christmas decorations near Nyhavn - Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

denmark88A network of pedestrian-only streets criss-cross the centre of Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

denmark69A monument to WWII soldiers stands outside the Kastellet, a star-shaped 17th century fortress surrounded by a moat - Copenhagen

 

denmark67There's several windmills spread around Scandinavia, this one being in the grounds of the Kastellet - Copenhagen

 

denmark75Another of Denmark's famous sights is the underwhelming Little Mermaid - Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

denmark77 Walking from the statue towards the city centre brings you to the 18th century Amalienborg, home of Queen Margrethe II - Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

denmark78A guard stands outside one of the entrances to Amalienborg - Copenhagen

 

denmark81The large dome of the 19th century Marmorkirken (Marble Church) can be seen from Amalienborg - Copenhagen

 

denmark82 Christiansborg Palace is the seat of Danish parliament and also home to several museums - Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

denmark83One of many opulent rooms belonging to the palace's Royal Reception Rooms, a section set aside for the Danish royal family - Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

denmark104Danish soldiers on parade at Rosenborg Barracks, military grounds outside Rosenborg Castle - Copenhagen

 

denmark103The 17th century Rosenborg Castle was originally built by King Christian IV - Copenhagen

 

denmark107The king and queen's thrones are on display in the castle - Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

denmark110Downstairs in the castle's Treasury is King Christian III's Sword of State, made in 1551 - Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREETOWN CHRISTIANIA

Freetown Christiania is a commune located in Copenhagen's Christianshavn district, a self-proclaimed autonomous region of the Danish capital. Since its creation by squatters in 1971 it's been a haven for those seeking an alternative lifestyle - freely available hashish and marijuana, meditation classes and a general hippie vibe. Over the years it's had its ups and downs amid frequent run-ins with the Danish government.

 

christiananote1christiananote2Christiania's currency is the Løn, though it's more for collecting than using

 

christiania4Murals adorn the perimeter walls to Christiania

 

christiania2The main entrance to the self-proclaimed autonomous region of Christiania

 

christiania5I'm a big fan of street art and this was the first mural I came across, a bright welcome to Christiania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

christiania10A mural full of nature and flower power - Christiania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

christiania13Pusher Street is an infamous lane where hashish, marijuana and skunk are openly sold from little stalls. Photography is definitely frowned upon.

Various disputes with the government have led to crackdowns, particularly after the killing of a resident on Pusher Street in 2005, and the shooting of two police officers in 2016. Community rules forbid the use and sale of hard drugs - Christiania

 

christiania14Christiania is a car-free zone so you'll come across lots of bicycles in various forms. Residents' cars must be parked outside the community

 

christiania16 A cool mural dedicated to Benjamin Armstrong. I believe he was shot dead in Christiania but please correct me if I'm wrong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

christiania17 Lots of the graffiti is laden with weed smoking connotations - Christiania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

christiania19Psychedelic colours at this art gallery - Christiania

 

christiania21Many of the buidlings are of the makeshift, homemade variety. Unless things have changed, if you want to live there you have to apply, and if accepted you're given a property - Christiania

 

christiania26More eclectic DIY buildings lie across the water, with a boat displaying the flag of Christiania - three horizontal yellow dots on a red background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

christiania28Before the establishment of Christiania the area was a military zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

christiania30The spiral-towered church of Vor Frelsers Kirke pops up again - Christiania

 

christiania33Several nods to a Buddhist way of life are dottted around Christiania: adverts for meditation and yoga, prayer wheels and this Buddhist stupa

 

christiania34'Fight crime not cannabis. Nature is not a crime. Marijuana is not a crime' - Christiania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

christiania35A mural honouring the Zapatistas (EZLN), a left-wing miltant group in Chiapas, southern Mexico - Christiania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

christiania40One of the graffiti-laden floors of a concert venue, a former military building which also houses a cafe and exhibition centre - Christiania

 

christiania42Graffiti I noticed on leaving - 'Foreigners please don't leave us alone with the Danes' - Christiania

 

christiania1'You are now entering the EU' - a goodbye from Christiania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

https://copenhagencard.com - pass covering travel and entrance to tourist sights in and around Copenhagen

www.dsb.dk - Danish trains

http://intl.m.dk - public transport in Copenhagen

www.visitdenmark.co.uk - Denmark tourist board

 

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