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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