Tivoli – A World of Entertainment
The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, is where all the important decisions of the country are made as it is home to the monarchy, parliament and the government. It has become a busy tourist destination because of its many historical attractions such as the National Museum of Denmark, Rosenborg Castle, the Copenhagen Opera House, the Amalienborg Palace, the Little Mermaid Statue and Tivoli. What makes Tivoli Gardens so unique is that it is not only an amusement park but a historical landmark.
The gates to Tivoli Gardens opened on 15 August 1843. Georg Carstensen who managed to convince King Christian VIII to give him a piece of land, 15 acres, to construct an amusement park where families could relax and be entertained, founded Tivoli. Although the park did not have the attractions it has today, it still was an amusement park to marvel at, complete with bandstands, a merry-go-round, scenic railway ride, restaurants, magnificent gardens and a theatre. And at night, the park would transform into a symphony of light and fireworks that reflected off the cool water of the lake. But what would the park be without music. It is a park that inspired composers such as the music director of the park, Hans Christian Lumbye, to write spectacular scores that can still be heard today, performed by the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra.
Today, high-tech roller coasters such as The Demon, have replaced the old rides, although the Rustjebanen, which was constructed in 1914, is still a popular attraction and ride. The Himmelskibet is the tallest carousel in the world, at a height of eighty meters. There is still a theatre, stylish restaurants and breathtaking gardens, and at night the park still lights up under the romantic glow of 110 thousand lights. Most of Carstensens’ vision still remains, but has grown to include secluded park benches, a Ferris Wheel, motor boats that glide across the lake and an arcade center for children.
It has also become a venue for the Copenhagen Jazz Festival and many other performances and concerts. Famous musicians such as Elton John, Sting, Pet Shop Boys, Count Basie and Duke Ellington have entertained audiences at Tivoli Gardens, and all year round there are events that include fireworks displays, circuses and musical performances. It is an amusement park that is a vital part of the history of Denmark and has survived war and occupation, to remain one of the oldest amusement parks to date. Visitors to Copenhagen are recommended to walk through the beauty, excitement and entertainment that is on offer at Tivoli.