Length 5.75 km (3.6 miles), terrain flat
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Here is a Copenhagen route that combines some real contrasts. It begins at the city hall, running through the normal downtown scene, then heads through the grandeur of Christiansborg Palace complex (the Parliament), and later makes a loop through the infamous "Freetown Christiania" neighborhood, known for its anarchic, borderline-illegal lifestyle, before heading back to the starting point at the city hall. And, as an added twist, we'll pass some of the strangest spiral steeples in the city.
|Radhus troll, photo by Matthew Wilkinson|
Keep running straight (south) and you will soon come to a canal around Christiansborg Palace. This is an impressive ensemble of buildings housing the Danish Parliament (Folketing), the supreme court, royal reception rooms and museums. The first castle on this site was built almost a thousand years ago, and it has been the seat of Danish national power ever since.
|Christiansborg, home of Parliament, photo by sebd_ch|
There is a moat on this side, too. Turn right at the water and run past the long renaissance-style exchange-building (the Børsen) with the bizarre spiral tower on your right. The twisted dragons are said to protect the stock exchange.
|Very strange Børsen steeple, photo by FastPhive|
The area is also an old barracks area, with walls and moats around the back side.
|Frelserskirke, photo by Lothann|
Turn right into the neighborhood behind the wall at the sign that says "Welcome to Christiania".
|Welcome to Christiania, photo by burningmax|
|Bikes are everywhere in Christiania, photo by burningmax|
|Christiania house, photo by spenny j|
NOTE: If you come back again later, you can eat at Nemoland, at the south end of Pusher Street. It is a collection of food stands and bars where you can eat and drink inside and out for a decent price.
|Christiania's Statue of Liber... huh?, photo by KnutYngve|
|Mosaic tree in Christiania, photo by only alice|
|Christiania waterfront, photo by Copenhagener|