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Old 02-04-2013, 10:29 AM   #91
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We walked over to Tivoli Gardens which is an amusement park that dates back to 1843. George Carstensen was the originator behind the park. He said, "Tivoli will never be completed", meaning Tivoli is constantly changing. Sound familiar? Old buildings are replaced or modernized, new rides are introduced, new entertainment concepts are presented to meet the ever-changing demands of the public. Tonight was the first night that the park was decked out for Christmas. It also was the first night it was opened since it closed seasonally in September. Once the Christmas season is over it will not open back up until April. There is one admission price for entry. Our Copenhagen Card covered admission. Then there is a charge for individual rides or you can purchase an all-day pass for rides or even a season pass. Josh and I wandered around this incredible winter wonderland. It was beautifully decked out with an amazing array of lights – magnificent! We were witness to something as classic as an old fashioned carousel to as modern as a laser light show around a lake, “Tivoli Illuminations”. If you are hungry, this is the place to go. It seemed to me that about a third of the park was dedicated to eating and drinking. There are at least 60 eateries within this park of 20+ acres. You can find places for traditional open-faced sandwiches, beer gardens, sausage stands, microbreweries, and traditional full service restaurants. As with any amusement park of the 21st century, the souvenir shops abound. If you want to take home a knick-knack, you definitely will have the opportunity here. Tivoli bills itself as a "programme park", not a theme park. Each day a distinct set of programs/activities entertain the guests. During the time that Walt was planning Disneyland he commented that Disneyland should try to emulate Tivoli’s "happy and unbuttoned air of relaxed fun." As I would have expected, the use of flowers was outstanding. The Danish park embraces nature. Have you been to a Six Flags? It’s practically all concrete. On this night the park came more across as a pleasure garden as opposed to a thrill ride destination. Something about the park was a throwback to another time. I felt like it was an experience that the Crawley’s of “Downton Abbey” would have had rather than the Pritchett’s of “Modern Family”. As mentioned before no two visits will be the same. An experience during the day will be different than in the evening and Christmas season is different than the summer. To get the full experience of Tivoli can get a tad pricey. If you are going to pay for entrance, rides, a meal, and a souvenir or two it will definitely add up especially considering the price of things in Copenhagen. For me, I found the experience charming and romantic. In that respect it was a shame that I was sharing it with Josh because I definitely would have loved to walk the paths huddled together with someone I loved.





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More photographs from Tivoli Gardens















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Our hotel was literally right across the street from Tivoli Gardens. When we felt like we had had our fill of the sparkling lights we walked back to our room and crashed for the night. The bed at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel was blissful and a treat compared to the bunk bed of the hostel.

NEXT: Venturing outside of Copenhagen to explore Denmark’s roots in Roskilde and making the best out of life throwing a monkey wrench into a well thought out itinerary.
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Enjoyed all your updates today! You covered a lot of ground walking around the city, and it sounds like you ate well, too. Did you just happen upon Cafe Nytorv, or get a recommendation from somewhere? Looks wonderful!

If I remember correctly, the statue of Hans Christian Andersen was planned during his life, so it probably does resemble him. To me, the facial features look very similar to the lovely statue of him in Central Park-- the one that looks like he's reading to a duckling!
As you should know by now, I always jam pack a ton of activity into my days on vacation. I also always feel like I never do enough. There is always so much to see and do! I took the recommendation for Cafe Nytorv from my guidebook. It even suggested sharing the sampler platter that we had.

Next time I'm in Central Park I'll have to seek out the H.C. Andersen statue. Now you've got my curiosity sparked.

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Oh wow, Tivoli looks beautiful at Christmas. Hmm.... interesting. I always thought of it as a pleasure garden, rather than a thrill park. I've heard a lot about Tivoli, as a theme park where I worked, was based on it and so it's fascinating to see some photos of it.
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Great walking tour. Tivoli looks amazing. The lights are beautiful. The giraffe on the carrousel is interesting.
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Tivoli is so charming, and I love its location right in the city. It's really like a very "plussed" city park rather than a theme park. Your description as a pleasure garden is right-on. It is beautiful at Christmas, but also in the spring and summer, when the floral displays are amazing. I think Copenhagen at Christmas is perfect. It can be cold, but I love the pedestrian shopping street and just popping into a bakery for cocoa and a pastry to warm up!
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Tivoli is beautiful in the summer, but it looks magical for Christmas. Even in summer, I would have liked to have seen it at night, but our all aboard was 6 pm I think.
And yes, Tivoli can be pricey. We paid admission for the four of us, and then jut 10 ride coupons for the kids to each select a few rides.
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