The entrance to Christiania

While Amsterdam is often thought of as the center of the pot smoking universe, only a short train ride away lies quite possibly one of our favorite places in the entire world. Within the city of Copenhagen there is a small community known as Christiania or Freetown Christiania. The community contains homes, businesses, restaurants, bars, clubs, a public sauna, theaters, and some of the most interesting people you will ever meet.

Our last visit there was in December 2009 during the United Nations COP15 Climate Change Conference. Christiania was the staging are for many non-government organizations which were planning demonstrations that had been deemed illegal by the Danish government. Christiania was chosen as the appropriate area to do this because it is essentially an autonomous state within Denmark, and because of the intense disdain for the government.

The community is established on an abandoned naval base, and everyone who lives there is technically a squatter. In order to join the community you must be voted in by the rest of the community. Since Christiania is self governing they established three main rules. No violence. No wepaons. And, no hard drugs.

Unlike Amsterdam where the marijuana trade is highly regulated, in Christiania the marijuana and hashish trade occurs out in the open on Pusher Street. When you go to Christiania you are not allowed to take pictures on Pusher Street, becasue the pushers don’t want your pictures to get the pushed into prison. However, you can smoke wherever you want, as long as you’re not inside. People often sit around a fire outside Cafe Nemoland, the Nightfisher, or Woodstock smoking, sharing, and just loving life.

Recently, Christiania has come under a serious attack from the Supreme Court of Denmark. Before it get’s closed, if it get’s closed, I recommend that you take a trip there as soon as you can. It is undoubtedly one of the most inspirational places I have ever been in the entire world. And, definitely the best place to smoke weed. So, bevar Christiania (which means Save Christiania).

-MJMB-