Part pleasure garden, part amusement park, Tivoli opened in 1843 and remains Copenhagen’s top tourist attraction. Although the amusement park rides, carnival games, open-air cafes, restaurants and beer gardens draw the most attention, the park is actually about 75% open space. During the day the colorful displays of flowers welcome visitors to the park while after sunset the majestic lights of the grounds tend to in the crowds. Careful attention to the themes of rides and games will reveal facets of Danish history.
Tribute is paid to Hans Christian Andersen, the popular author (and friend of the park’s founder), whose fairy tales are featured in the ride The Flying Trunk and whose iconic top hot was the inspiration for the game H.C. Andersen’s Hat.
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Through its unique City Bike program, Copenhagen, one of the world’s leading bicycling cities, allows tourists to explore the city like the locals do. Operated by the non-profit organization, Incita, as part of a larger program to offer work to rehabilitees, the City Bikes are available from mid April through November. 110 bike racks, scattered throughout the city center, are stocked with free to rent bikes for anyone’s use. Simply deposit DKK 20 (approximately USD 3.50) to unlock the bike and be on your way. When you no longer need the bike, return it to any of the bike racks and receive your deposit back. The only condition attached to the free bike is that its use is limited to the city center. Wandering farther on the bikes will run you the risk of being fined by the police.