Saturday, June 18, 2011

Tivoli


Tivoli is a very nice amusement park in Copenhagen, located near the Central Station , in the heart of Danish capital. It ranks high in the top of the oldest amusement parks (the second after Dyrehavsbakken in Klampenborg) or the most visited (first in Scandinavia and 3rd in Europe).

Tivoli was built in 1843 by Georg Carstensen who persuaded the king Christian VIII that having an amusement park would make people less focused on politics. The area designated for the construction was at that time outside the city, accesible through Vesterport (West Gate). The park was containing oriental style buildings, restaurants, flower gardens and of course, various rides like scenic railways and a merry-go-round. Fireworks shows were put in place, producing very nice reflections in the lake located in the park.

In the current days, Tivoli hosts some famous rides like Rutsjebanen (the wooden roller coaster), that is almost 100 years old, one of the few of its type that still operates and an American Coaster Enthusiasts Classic. Another roller coaster, a modern one, Dæmonen (The Demon) is famous for its inverted loop and zero-gravity roll. The world's tallest carousel, Himmelskibet was first used in 2006. A new thrill called Vertigo was opened 2 years ago and is an attraction where the rider is the pilot of a plane, controlling it in a flight simultator like ride.

Tivoli serves as a venue for different shows and concerts, having a large Concert Hall and a pantomime theatre. The Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 was brodcasted from here. Every year, Tivoli features various themes like Halloween and Christmas when everything is decorated using specific objects and colors.

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