Category Archives: Denmark

Tivoli Gardens

While visiting Copenhagen, I came upon Tivoli Gardens, which is an old amusement park. It’s a very well known amusement park, and is located in the middle of the city. We didn’t know anything about it beforehand, and decided to visit on a whim.

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It’s actually a very small amusement park, but it’s in the middle of the city so I can’t complain about the size too much. Right inside the park we found a pantomime theatre, but didn’t get to see any shows:

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We also came upon a beautiful palace, which is actually a hotel inside the park! It’s called Hotel Nimb. Hotel Nimb has a few restaurants which you can eat at.

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I have to post, on a side note, that the bathrooms here are ADORABLE. I know, that’s weird to say. But the bathrooms near the entrance were themed like a “chicken coop”, with painted floors and stalls that were made to look like outhouses. Very cute.

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RIDES

The Mine: This is a boat ride/log flume…similar to Disney’s Pirates of the Carribbean in function.

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Rutschbanen: Really cool ride. While it isn’t a very tall or fast coaster, it’s awesome because it’s very old and the speed has to be controlled by a guy who sits on the ride and pulls a giant hand brake. What a job! I don’t know about you, but I think it would be awesome to be paid to ride roller coasters all day.

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The Flying Trunk: Similar to Snow White’s Journey at Disney World. You basically sit in a slow moving treasure trunk, which takes you past famous Hans Christian Andersen stories…The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, Princess and The Pea, etc.

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Dæmomon: Red looping coaster. This was their most “intense” and largest coaster. This picture is a view from the lake

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Vertigo: I did not go on this one, and quite frankly you must have a death wish if you do. This is a constantly looping plane ride. It doesn’t look very intimidating in photos, but the speed and the roar of those planes swooshing above just made me nauseous. Seriously, the thing goes 60 mph. Don’t get me wrong, I love looping and fast rides, but this was too much for me. And I have a feeling it might have been too much for the riders who were all tinted a shade of green at the end.

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Food

For lunch, we ate at a Danish restaurant called Paafuglen. Beautiful restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating. They do have menus in both English and Danish, although the service was almost nonexistent on the day we were there. This was my first experience with Danish food, and everything we ordered came as “small plates”. I ordered two salads, including a potato/beet salad. My favorite foods of course, were the bread and pickles!!

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I hope you enjoyed my short introduction of Tivoli Gardens. We were only there for a few hours, but it was worth stopping in to see the park at least once. This would be a great park for people with children, because there are a ton of kid-friendly rides. They say that Disney was inspired by Tivoli Gardens, and I can see where that might be true. Don’t come to the park expecting thrill rides, because truthfully there aren’t many. But it’s a beautiful place to visit, nonetheless! By the way, don’t forget to stay long enough to see Tivoli at night. The entire park lights up at night, and everything is just really beautiful to see:

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(Copenhagen) Denmark in a Day

Ok, this post is a little misleading…I can’t tell you how to visit Denmark in only one day, and quite frankly, I don’t know that you would want to cram everything this beautiful country has to offer into a single day trip. That being said, there are those rare opportunities to travel through a country, but when you are also limited on time. This happened for me, when I went to visit my friend in Sweden. I flew in and out through Copenhagen, and took the opportunity to explore many of the “must-sees” of the city in only one day. We also spent a second day at Tivoli Gardens, but that will be saved for another post!

My friend and I came into Copenhagen, Denmark on a short train ride from Sweden. We arrived at the gorgeous Central Station:DSC03748 DSC03753

Our hotel was only three blocks away from the station, so we dropped off our bags and went on our way for the day. We walked past Central Station again and made our way past nearby Tivoli Gardens. For those of you who don’t know (including myself at the time), Tivoli is a very famous and popular amusement park and “pleasure garden”. That’s what wikipedia chooses to call it, at least. I would just call it beautiful landscaping, but tomato-tomahto I guess. The entrance is marked by a huge gate:

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We made our way to City Hall Square, which marks the entrance of Strøget, the largest pedestrian-only shopping area in Europe. City Hall Square is literally what it claims to be, and is usually the host to many events and celebrations throughout the year. On the day we visited, it was Turkish Heritage Day and the square was filled with Turkish music, food, dancing, etc…it was fabulous!

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We made our way to Strøget, where neither of us had money to do much shopping. We had a lot of fun just strolling through, however.

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It was here that I noticed that most of the people around me were speaking Russian! I heard some Danish, some English, but the overwhelming number of people around us were speaking Russian…I’m not sure why that is, but it was very noticable. In fact, I later realized that we were the only tourists in our small hotel who did not speak Russian! Anyway, back to Strøget, while we didn’t do a lot of shopping, we did have a chance to stop at many of the cafes in the area:

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We took a detour away from Strøget to browse the city area some more…ok, I lied, we got lost trying to find the metro station; Nonetheless, we came upon some really neat old buildings on our way. I’d highly recommend getting lost in this city if you have an hour or so:



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Copenhagen University

In case you haven’t noticed yet, Copenhagen has fascinating architecture. I honestly wanted to take a picture of every building we saw. It doesn’t fit any particular “style”, but that’s what makes it so interesting. There is everything from medieval to modern and it’s all blended together.

Eventually we found our way to the Metro and headed out to see the famous “Little Mermaid” statue in Østerbro. In Denmark, she’s called “Den Lille Havfrue”, which is what you will see on all of the tourist trinkets and souvenirs. She is a pretty lengthy walk to get to, but the scenery around is well worth the trip. As we got off at the metro stop Østerport Station, we made our way past the Kastellet, which is a star shaped fortress. From the outside, we thought we were walking past a really beautiful park:

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Once we got around to the front, we realized that this was a fort:

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Immediately to the right of the fortress is picturesque St. Alban’s church:

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And immediately along the footpath next to the church is Gefion Fountain:

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FINALLY, we made it to “Den Lille Havfrue”…Disney and H.C. Andersen lovers rejoice! This is a statue that sits on top of a rock overlooking the harbor. It is also an iconic symbol of Copenhagen. People complain that the statue is somewhat disappointing because it is smaller than they expected. And this is certainly no statue of liberty. But who ever said it was? I actually really enjoyed visiting this statue because not only is it sitting right on the shore, but you can walk right up to it. No ropes, no fences…it sits there as part of the scenery as if it wasn’t a huge tourist attraction:

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At this point in the afternoon, we were totally spent from the heat (yes, Denmark gets really humid!) and the shin splints we’d acquired from all of the excessive walking we had done this week. From the metro station, we took ourselves straight back to Central Station and passed out as soon as we reached our hotel.

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**I should mention, by the way, that the metro system is very easy to navigate. While the stops are in Danish, the metro itself is a very organized system and the maps are easy to read. It’s color coded like the London Underground, and has larger “connection” stops between the different lines. Japanese tourists who don’t know the alphabet were still able to find their way around, so you have no excuse to feel helpless here. The one “complaint” that I do have about the metro, however, is that the stops are very scattered. This means that you will most likely have to walk quite a ways to get to your destination. For us, the farthest we had to walk from one stop was about a mile each way.