Tivoli Gardens: A Photo Diary

Tivoli Gardens: A Photo Diary
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Flashback a few years ago to when my friends and I found ourselves in Copenhagen, Denmark for a weekend getaway during our study abroad. Since the trip was so last-minute, we really didn’t have any planning time beforehand, and the majority of us were heading into the unknown. We knew Copenhagen had places like Nyhavn, the Little Mermaid statue, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple, and some cool restaurants, but didn’t know enough to keep ourselves busy (or so we thought). Upon arriving in Copenhagen, we learned of a place called Tivoli Gardens and decided to check it out. It was described to me like a European version of an older Disneyland. While I don’t necessarily agree with that description, I was intrigued. Wouldn’t you be?


Tivoli Gardens: A Photo Diary


Tivoli Gardens: A Photo Diary


Tivoli Gardens: A Photo Diary


Walking amongst the crowds lining the walkways and carnie-type games, I found myself content with life. I grew up extremely comfortable with crowds, chaos, loud noises, etc., which is exactly what I was experiencing at that moment. Instructions for the games in Danish simply added to the romantic intrigue of my surroundings, rather than confused me. The constant buzzing of foreign languages (mixed with a few that I could understand), coupled with the random roar of the roller coasters, smells of sugar and duck poop, reminded me of the years I spent working at Disneyland. Further proof you can feel at home in a country far away, where you don’t understand the language, and barely know anything about the customs.


Tivoli Gardens: A Photo Diary


Tivoli Gardens: A Photo Diary


While I was in Europe during my study abroad, I was on-the-go virtually 24/7. I slept for 4 hours at a time, country-hopped on the weekends, and spent many nights in transit on busses and trains. I can’t even begin to explain the ecstasy my friends and I experienced when we were able to do something as simple and child-like as feeding the fish at Tivoli. There we were, walking amongst the beautiful gardens and greenery that abounds within the grounds, when we came upon one of those little dispenser machines. We quickly turned out our pockets for coins and pooled our change. The brown little turd-like pellets smelled. The ducks and other fowl crowded around us like a posse from a mobster movie, waiting to pounce. Little kids surrounded us, asking (we think) to take a turn. Throughout all this, it was was weirdly therapeutic to just stand at the water’s edge for a few minutes in time, mechanically picking up a pellet from the cup of our hands and lobbing it into the water. And of course, we had to have a contest to see who could chuck one the furthest.


Tivoli Gardens: A Photo Diary


Tivoli Gardens: A Photo Diary


This next photo requires some explaining. I love Dr. Pepper. When I was traveling around Europe, I was always hard-pressed to find some, so I tried every kind of cola I could find (my favorite being Kofola from the Czech Republic). While we were wandering around Tivoli, my friend and I noticed these little stands that had a Pepsi logo on the side. Curious, we approached and found someone who could explain it to us (in German). Apparently you can purchase a small bottle from a stand and a wristband, which gives you free refills on the Pepsi. Judge all you want, but this was a cheaper option than purchasing water.


Tivoli Gardens: A Photo Diary


Tivoli Gardens: A Photo Diary


One of the surprising things we learned about Tivoli was the fact that it’s also a large concert venue. I have absolutely no idea who the artist was, what type of music I could categorize it as, nor which language they were singing in. All I can tell you was the excitement in the air was palpable and infectious. We swayed with the rhythms and oohed and ahhed with the crowd. Our entire bodies were treated to a spectacle that capped off an amazing day discovering Tivoli.


Tivoli Gardens: A Photo Diary



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22 thoughts on “Tivoli Gardens: A Photo Diary

  1. I visited Tivoli around Christmas and it was so magical so I certainly see why some people compare it to Disneyland – its actually said to have inspired Walt Disney since its one of the oldest ‘theme parks’ in the world. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You certainly love life like a child (a compliment). I went to the Nyhavn, the Little Mermaid Statue, Amalienborg, Frederick’s Church, the Opera House, Fredericksburg, and the National Museum but forgot this Tivoli Gardens! But I am 70 years old, too!

  3. You really lived every moment in Tivoli Park, like a happy child. Tivoli park looks like fun and you have done all funny things like duck feeding, grabbing pepsi like a hungry/thirsty child. Concert area looks lively and bright and though you did not understand the language but you enjoyed. I believe enjoyment has no language barrier. Loved your pose with wild cat/lion.

  4. Interesting! By the sound of it, Tivoli Gardens might have been part of a World Exhibition…
    I love how little things like feeding fish are still a thing in Copenhagen – it doesn’t always have to be the scariest rollercoaster or the latest movie adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy continued travels!

  5. Tivoli Gardens looks magical – a bit like a setting from a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. Although, it seems a bit more “real” compared to Disneyland. Visiting at Christmas time seems like a fabulous thing to do.

  6. Tivoli looks fun! Believe it or not I actually haven’t heard about it before! Ive never even been in Denmark and it was so close to Berlin where I used to live! The concert venue looks amazing, and free Pepsi? Thats cool, Ive never seen free refills in Europe haha

  7. I am not really into the carnival type of attractions. But I do like to indulge myself from time to time. Which reminds me, I have yet to go to Disneyland. It looks like such a fun place though, especially when you are in a foreign country. I feel like my perspective would be the same as yours too. The curiosity would probably entice me more than the place itself!

  8. Haha I love your expressions in the pictures ๐Ÿ˜€ Tivoli Gardens look pretty awesome, so lush. Such an interesting idea to have dispender machines for fish food haha. I’m not a fan of feeding fish but sounds like a pretty cool idea. And I can imagine the place being a concert venue, with all that space and it lights up beautifully at night too!

  9. Tivoli Park looks so fun! Iโ€™ve actually never heard of this park before. In my opinion, nothing compares to Disneyland haha From your photos I canโ€™t โ€œfeel the magicโ€ of Disney parks. ๐Ÿ™‚ – Ella

  10. I remember going to Tivoli Gardens for a weekend when I was in Copenhagen, Denmark and I loved it. Such a cool place to hang out especially with friends. I had not thought of it being the European version of an older Disneyland. I think we were lucky as there were no crowds when we were there, I think it might of been off-peak.

  11. I must admit, I had not heard of Tivoli Gardens earlier. The garden area is lovely and I like the thought of strolling around amongst the lush greens. The ‘amusement park’ part seems very crowded…how do you think it would be during October?

  12. Sounds like a fun place to visit! I love checking out theme parks around the world ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s neat to hear so many different languages being spoken around you too.

  13. I loved your pictures! looks like you were a kid in a sweet shop. What a amazing place, i have not been to Europe yet and i always see posts like this which makes it worth going. Really beautiful gardens and what fun!

  14. What a nice find on your part. I love the landscaping around the park. They really make it look beautiful. It’s great that you were able to have fun despite being in a park that spoke a different language than you. I too have a friend highly addicted to Dr. pepper and they would go to anything to have one on vacation even if it meant it was very far out of the way.

  15. Now, this looks like fun! I love traveling without โ€œtooโ€ much planning. It really makes for great adventures, not to mention awesome memories. Tivoli Park sure sounds like a great place to spend some time relaxing and of course, having some fun. If I ever make it here, Iโ€™d definitely be hanging around the concert area!

  16. I thought I was the only one who find Danish romantic; good to have a friend! I agree with you, it looks like an adult version of Disneyland. And it’s even more fun because you went with your friends. I always love that only if my friends are these active. Tivoli park is like my type of place, I can imagine myself feeding the fishes๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ So fun. My children must study abroad, it’s a way to experience the world.

  17. The description including duck poop reminding you of working in Disneyland just cracks me up!!! It’s also too funny that the soda was cheaper than water with all the free refills! This is a great park and you’re pictures give it a fun feel!

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