Whatever you're hoping to get out of your trip to Copenhagen - fine food, family entertainment or cultural exploration - the city's popular Tivoli Gardens amusement park is a great way to combine numerous experiences in Denmark's capital.
In some ways, Tivoli Gardens acts as a microcosm of Copenhagen itself - combining ancient and modern influences and making space for lots of greenery amidst the urban bustle. First opening more than 160 years ago, Tivoli Gardens has long been a source of much of Copenhagen's tourism, and has also influenced local culture in its own way - Danish children's writer Hans Christian Andersen was allegedly inspired to write The Nightingale after experiencing its unique charms.
Originally constructed to be a 'romantic amusement park,' according to the wishes of King Christian VII in 1843, it was believed that the entertainments and distractions on offer would result in a populace less likely to stage political revolts during that tumultuous period of Danish history. While this subtle political agenda may not be so pressing today, it's notable that Tivoli Gardens has still managed to hold on to many of its original features - including its abundance of restaurants, bars and live performance venues, which can make it a top destination for nights out in the city.
A trip to Tivoli Gardens isn't just about stepping into the past and discovering 19th century Denmark however, as there are also plenty of modern attractions on offer to please visitors of all ages. It's even been said that Walt Disney was inspired by Tivoli Gardens to open Walt Disney World, and with popular rides like Demon and Dragon, adrenaline junkies will find lots to keep them entertained on Copenhagen city breaks. There are also several rides ideal for younger visitors, such as the virtual reality ride Nautilus and traditional fun fair amusements including a Ferris wheel and an old wooden roller coaster.
One of the most attractive features of Tivoli Gardens, and doubtless a key reason for its continuing popularity, is its convenient location in the heart of the city, putting it within easy reach of hotels in Copenhagen as well as central facilities such as the railway station and city hall. Although originally built just outside the city walls, urban expansion and development over the next century and a half have seen the modern Copenhagen grow around this remarkable attraction, preserving its historical charms for future generations to enjoy.
Mildred Potts writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.