After two relatively painless flights – Halifax to Reykjavik, then onward to our destination, we’re in Copenhagen as two sleep deprived people on day one of our Scandinavian trip. We’re at our hotel by about 2:30pm local time and our goal for the day is a snack, a nap and then to spend an easy evening at Tivoli.
Tivoli for your first evening in Denmark may sound like an odd choice, but this is not a run of the mill amusement park. Trust me, I spent four hard summers working at a conventional amusement park and as a result, don’t generally enjoy visiting them to this day. At Tivoli, there are high end restaurants, bars and cafes. Within its walls are an abundance of manicured lawns, lakes and places to simply people watch. On our first night, we simply explored and wandered around Tivoli. Although the rides were enticing, we elected to keep our feet on solid ground. Just inside one of the main entries is the Pantomime Theatre:
The place feels like a beautiful park that just happens to have some amusement rides thrown in for fun. We enjoyed the park so much that we made it back a few nights later to watch the world walk by. As our second Tivoli evening drew to a close, we selected a park bench on which to enjoy perhaps the best popcorn I’ve ever tasted and this view of the Japanese Pagoda. Magical indeed.