The wonders of the colored buildings of Nyhavn port and the peculiar commune Freetown of Christiania.
Mood of the post, presenting my airplane
“relax, don’t get sweaty, the wings are working well and soon it will be over” exciting take-off soundtrack of the past months:
Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.
Copenhagen Botanical Gardens
A complex of 27 historical glasshouses belonging to the University of Copenhagen, filled with all sorts of exotic specimens and attached to a park and a lake, the Copenhagen Botanical Gardens are. Just. Dreamy. All that I needed after spending the summer in rocky, dry Santorini.
And now to the most iconic corner of Copenhagen:
Nyhavn or New Harbor was built by the Sweedish war prisoners at the late 1600s and it was notorious for beer, sailors, and prostitution. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived at Nyhavn for some 18 years. There are restaurants and cafes all along the harbour, but… Be aware of the $. Or better, the $$$. 🙂 Oh well, you can always buy beers at 7Elevens and take them to drink sitting at the harbor, like many of the locals do.
Keep on going south and cross to the area of the not-so-impressive Little Mermaid towards…
Once a working-class neighbourhood, today Christianshavn is a trendy part of the city with its own unique identity. Trendy cafes, fancy restaurants and charming 19-century houses along picturesque canals co-exist on this artificial island, erected in a swampy area.
Yes, and do not miss the Smørrebrøds, dark rye bread covered with salmon topped with either remoulade or prawns. This wasn’t a traditional Smørrebrød, but THE BEST sandwich that we found, by the canals of Amagergade – one of the most photogenic corners of Christianshavn.
A quick note on food: Scandinavians, like Austrians and Germans, are normally very into healthy, clean eating. If you are a vegetarian or a vegan, or even if you just dig fresh ingredients and really good veggies, you’ll be delighted!
The Christianshavn areas also hosts the Freetown Christiania:
Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of about 850 residents. Civic authorities in Copenhagen regard Christiania as a large commune, but the area has a unique status in that it is regulated by a special law, the Christiania Law of 1989, which transfers parts of the supervision of the area from the municipality of Copenhagen to the state.
Well, for me Christiania was the biggest disillusion of these Copenhagen days. I don’t know what was I thinking, but I was sure expecting smiley new age specimens of farmer-like bearded men and blond adorned little kids running around perfect organic vegetable gardens.
In fact I felt like walking pass the 567.098 billion tourists of Santorini’s peak season while inserted in a surreal army camp look-alike weed market. Christiania’s cannabis trade was tolerated by authorities until 2004. In the years following 2004, measures for normalizing the legal status of the community led to conflicts, police raids and negotiations. More recent governments have, however, been more tolerant.
But still the residents of Christiania are very self-protective, photos inside of the town are forbidden and most people selling pot inside of the shacks wear masks hiding their faces. The place is quite small, there are some (off course overpriced) vegan-mostly snack bars and cafes, as I was told they have until 2018 to raise money to buy all property inside of the town from the government. For me, the highlight of the place has got to be all the DYI, folk colored decorations and graffiti covering the walls of the houses.
Outside walls of Christiania Freetown
Check also the Copenhagen Guide First Part!
Photos by: Tatiana Bastos. More of them on https://www.instagram.com/efzinblissfullife. If you have any photos of Copenhagen, tag them #efzinblissfullife, as I would LOVE to see them!
Oh, and liked the tune? The Scandinavians from Stockholm Peter, Bjorn and John‘s Youtube channel is here.