Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

After our disastrous morning in Malmö, we spent the afternoon cheering up at the Tivoli Gardens. Perhaps it’s because I never went to Disneyland or anything as a kid, but I now have a weird infatuation with amusement parks. Not the rides – I’m too scared – but the kitschy fantasy spectacle delights me.

Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen

Tivoli is one of the oldest such parks in the world and apparently inspired one Walt Disney when he was dreaming up Disneyland. It’s actually quite disappointingly tasteful for the most part, with an olde-world kind of charm. I loved how it was split into geographical zones, from an Oriental area to Egypt and even Britain (well, there was a Postman Pat van).

Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen

The wildlife-painted carousel was amazing!

Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen
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Tivoli, Copenhagen

Some nice retro signage

Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen

I do slightly regret chickening out of all the rides now, I bet the view from the top of this one was spectacular.

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There are dozens of restaurants on site, from the kiddy-pleasing pirate ship to some more sophisticated options. We ate at Madklubben as we’d previously had a wonderful dinner at their Vesterbro branch.

Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen

There are even some cute feathered residents and the flower gardens are really pretty.

Tivoli, Copenhagen

It’s right next to the central train station so a definite to-do if you’re in town.