An evening in Tivoli

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.

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Walking in, you are greeted by a street lined with lanterns:

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And funny mirrors – ones with giraffe heads sticking out and the other are the wavy kind:

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To your left, is an Asian inspired peacock stage:

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With a real peacock to go alongside it!

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A huge French flag is on the lawn with very fragrant flowers:

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leading up to a statue of the architect mastermind behind it all  – Vilhelm Dahlerup.

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Walking through the gardens, you notice city landmark structures in the background.  Like the city hall on the left:

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Or the train station:

image  After all, this is right in the middle of town!  But the pretty decorations around make you feel otherwise:

image  Makes you feel like you are in a fairy tale land!

There is a nautical theme for rides for little kids:

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And a Southern/Eastern Asian theme for more daring rides and games:

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This is their version of “dragon boats”!

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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:

image as we head to the more European part of town.

This was my first ride – a “Disneyland” type ride showcasing the tales of Hans Christian Andersen:

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You ride in toy trunks through a row of his books and listen to brief snippets of his stories:

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Like the Princess and the Pea:

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The Snow Queen:

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The Ugly Duckling:

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The Emperor’s New Clothes:

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The Little Mermaid:

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Thumbalena:

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For more European representation, you have a British Guard on a staircase:

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Vendors line the streets with the hanging placards like the Germans:

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And a Viking Boat ride:

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More traditional rides and arcade games are also here:

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Along with an old wooden roller coaster that is still operated with manual brakes:

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Of course, I rode this one too!

image  I don’t think many of these exist anymore!

In the summertime, bands come to perform life on their stages:

imageimage  We were here when it was still cold and so it was pretty quiet during our visit.

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:

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As the sun set, the lights came on and the place became magical:

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What a fun place to visit!

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