While in Copenhagen, Denmark, we spent an evening in the Tivoli Gardens. It’s an amusement park built in the 1800s, much like a mini world’s fair or akin to Disney’s EPCOT.
Walking in, you are greeted by a street lined with lanterns:
And funny mirrors – ones with giraffe heads sticking out and the other are the wavy kind:
To your left, is an Asian inspired peacock stage:
With a real peacock to go alongside it!
A huge French flag is on the lawn with very fragrant flowers:
leading up to a statue of the architect mastermind behind it all – Vilhelm Dahlerup.
Walking through the gardens, you notice city landmark structures in the background. Like the city hall on the left:
Or the train station:
There is a nautical theme for rides for little kids:
And a Southern/Eastern Asian theme for more daring rides and games:
This is their version of “dragon boats”!
Each ride costs between 25-75 K. Right now $1 USD is about 6.5-7 K. This is on top of your entry fee. As you leave the “asian” part of the park, you will find rides like these:
This was my first ride – a “Disneyland” type ride showcasing the tales of Hans Christian Andersen:
You ride in toy trunks through a row of his books and listen to brief snippets of his stories:
Like the Princess and the Pea:
The Snow Queen:
The Ugly Duckling:
The Emperor’s New Clothes:
The Little Mermaid:
For more European representation, you have a British Guard on a staircase:
Vendors line the streets with the hanging placards like the Germans:
And a Viking Boat ride:
More traditional rides and arcade games are also here:
Along with an old wooden roller coaster that is still operated with manual brakes:
Of course, I rode this one too!
In the summertime, bands come to perform life on their stages:
Hungry after all this fun? There are plenty of restaurants all around to grab a bite to eat. Why not dine somewhere that looks like the Crystal Palace or the Taj Mahal:
As the sun set, the lights came on and the place became magical:
What a fun place to visit!