I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting when I visited Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens. I didn’t know it has the world’s oldest (1914) running wooden roller coaster. That tops my Coney Island Cyclone (1927). Here’s what else I discovered:
Although it has the requisite midway and traditional rides, it has its own Chinatown section.
There are snack bars and stands, but also many elegant yet casual restaurants like Mazzoli’s, with its front-and-center carousel horse. If you want to dine on the water, there’s an eatery on a sailing ship.
In addition to rides and restaurants, there’s a huge hotel on the premises. It also became quickly evident why it’s called Tivoli Gardens. Such care is taken with the grounds, it’s a delight to simply walk around.
As if all this weren’t enough, they draw top name stars to perform. This Monday Elton John will grace their main stage. But I’d hold out a couple of extra days for the next act. How’s this for a combo? Still time to catch a flight…