Offbeat Activities in Copenhagen

As the unofficial hippy capital of Scandinavia since the '60s, Copenhagen may have shaken off some of its woolly, liberal image over the past decade, but the free spirit is very much alive in its many offbeat attractions, which include homely, odd museums, secret parks and markets and fascinating artistic communities.

Top of anyone's list has to be Christiania: This unique autonomous community has been world famous since it began back in the '70s. Though a lot of the old spirit has been steadily quashed over the years, a visit here is a must for any visitor interested in alternative lifestyles. When it comes to strange museums, Copenhagen's Museum of Medicine, the Medicinsk-Historisk Museum makes the grade, filled as it is with peculiar artefacts from treating rooms and operating theaters of the past. Other fascinating museums in the city include the subterranean museum of modern glass art Cisternerne and the socially fascinating collections of the Museum of Copenhagen, where we are reminded not so much of the rulers or buildings of the capital but of the ordinary people who've lived here.

The two Vesterbro areas of Kødbyen and Carlsberg Byen make great wandering, mixing fascinating historical studies with exciting new changes to the city as artists, dancers and other creative people move into the buildings industry has abandoned.

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Christiania

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Christiania

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Medicinsk-Historisk Museum

Bredgade 62

The University Museum of Medical History... read more

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Cisternerne, Søndermarken

Roskildevej 25

The museum of modern glass art... read more

Carlsberg Byen

Ny Carlsbergvej

New cultural quarter on site of old brewery...
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Københavns Museum - Museum of Copenhagen

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Vesterbrogade 59

Smaller museum charts the history of Copenhagen...
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Kødbyen

Slagterboderne

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Politihistorisk Museum

Fælledvej 20

Journey into Copenhagen's criminal past... read more

Filmhuset

Gothersgade 55

The Centre For Danish Film... read more

ZeBu

Øresundsvej 4

Copenhagen's theater for children... read more

Kajak-Ole

Havkajakvej 8

See the city from a kayak... read more
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