Monday, August 4, 2008

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark (July 11-14, 2008)

Tivoli Gardens is one of the world's oldest amusement parks and Denmark's most popular tourist attraction. Spanning a large city block right in the center of town, Tivoli is compact by today's amusement park standards, but that's just part of what gives it its charm.

Trees, flowers and ice cream stands line the winding pathways between various rides and games; visitors can even paddle boat along the park's small lake, shadowed by a large pagoda and an even larger rollercoaster. Live concerts, old-style pantomime shows and an impressive range of restaurants (one even Michelin rated!) ensure that even the less daring visitors remain amused.

On warm summer evenings, when the gardens are strung with colorful lights, and the sweet aroma of waffle cones drifts in the breeze, Tivoli takes on a magical air that brings back only the best childhood memories.
The main entrance gate to Tivoli Gardens
The Pantomime Theatre holds daily shows, performed in the traditional Danish style
Tivoli’s historic Nimb building, constructed more than 100 years ago, has recently been renovated to include a luxury hotel and shop, along with several gourmet restaurants

The “Star Flyer” can be seen from across Copenhagen; it swings people around at 70km per hour, 80m above the ground

Tivoli’s old-fashioned carousel remains popular with children

Tivoli looks its best in the evening, with colorful lights strung throughout the park

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