1. Denmark
  2. Capital Region of Denmark
  3. Copenhagen
  4. Freetown Christiania

Copenhagen: 3-Hour Alternative Tour

Product ID: 70279
Discover an alternative side to Copenhagen. Learn how hippies took over a military base in the 1970s and how a historic working class district transformed into a hip and happening neighborhood of entrepreneurs and artists.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • End near the Free State of Christiana
  • See the über-hip district of Vesterbro
  • Learn about Copenhagen's distinct red and green light districts
Full description
Venture beyond the mainstream attractions of Copenhagen and discover an alternative side to the city. 

The 3-hour tour is a story of 2 distinct neighborhoods. The first is known for its green light district, the other for its red light district. Each has a fascinating history, bound together by vibrant diversity and an uncompromising counter culture. Despite international fame, both retain an edge that will give you a sense of freedom, creativity and a grittiness you won’t find in Copenhagen's downtown core. 

Discover how the city's historic working class district evolved into a thriving community of young artists and entrepreneurs. Learn how the Danish welfare system has both succeeded and failed to take care of the sex workers and drug addicts that lined the streets. Hear how hippies took over a military base in the '70s. Walk down the infamous "Pusher Street" of the green light district, just around the corner from some of the city’s most expensive real estate.

Beyond the hipsters and gelato stands, there's an amazing tale to be told. Hear about Copenhagen’s underground scene and the people who made (and continue to make) it great. This is more than just a story of the hip and the down-and-outs: this is a tale of people questioning the social, political and cultural status quo. 

End the tour near the self-declared "Free State of Christiania," located just south of the central train station and the über-hip Vesterbro district. You'll be given all the key information so that if you decide, you can explore it (not included).
  • Public transport tickets for the S-train and metro
  • Local guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Espresso House, Rådhuspladsen, Copenhagen. Your guide will have a red umbrella and red t-shirt.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Although the itinerary of every tour is the same, the amount of time spent at each location will vary from group to group depending on their preference.
• Tour groups are not permitted in Christiania so your guide will leave you to explore it for yourself at the end of the tour
• Children 12 years old and younger attend free of charge. Please bring a valid ID for the children
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 179 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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A very cool and interesting experience! Felix told us all about the interesting histories surrounding Vesterbro, Christianshavn, and Christiania. We even stopped at John's Hotdog Deli for their hotdog lunch special - super delicious! Felix provided a great perspective on some things "off the beaten path" about Copenhagen and Denmark, not necessarily details you'd find in just any guide book -- and this I really appreciated! I also liked meeting others on the tour from far flung places like me. Great also for a solo traveler. Thanks again!

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February 19, 2020

A really nice experience. Felix showed us everything, explaining all different Danish life styles and how even the closest neighboroughoud had a really different story behind. He brought us to eat typical Danish hot dogs, spending much more time with us of what he was supposed to. Really an amazing experience of what normally no one would explain you.

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March 17, 2019

This tour does not include entering Christiana the free state. I was under the impression we would go in as a group but the tour just ends outside of it as no tours are allowed in there. Description is misleading in this sense and should be made more clear. Other than that it was an interesting tour; our guide (sorry I’ve forgotten her name but she was from Wales) was really well informed and answered any questions enthusiastically and well.

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May 7, 2018

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Sandemans New Europe - Denmark

Product ID: 70279