Okay, maybe don’t join a commune, but definitely visit one. Freetown Christiania is a cool, car-free 84-acre “village” in Copenhagen founded in 1971 by a group of squatters and artists who took over an abandoned military base and proclaimed it a “free zone” where Danish law does not apply. Somehow, it remains that way today.
Christiania’s covered in colorful murals and has tons of cool little art galleries, museums, and cafes. There’s also an area called Pusher Street (or “The Green Light District”) where “vendors” in closed off stands openly sell pot and hash. (It’s not legal, but completely tolerated). Just follow the rules on the signs and don’t take any photos. After all, hospital visits aren’t free.
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Daisy Barringer is an SF-based writer. Her favorite thing about Copenhagen was the bikes. And the beer. And the boys. Follow her on Twitter @daisy.