Ride roller coasters in Copenhagen
Posted on Tuesday 31 August 2010
By Sophia Choice
Travelers on Copenhagen holidays have lots of options when it comes to things to do, but no visit to the city is complete without riding wooden roller coasters at the city's two famous old-time amusement parks.
Copenhagen is home to the two oldest theme parks in the world, Bakken and Tivoli Gardens. While these two hotspots each have their own unique style, they both offer travelers the chance to be scared out of their minds on a wooden roller coaster - an increasingly rare opportunity given the popularity of steel coasters worldwide.
Bakken is the older of the two parks, tracing its lineage all the way back to 1583, when a group of travelers and merchants began setting up camp in a forest just outside Copenhagen. Since then, a collection of unrelated shopkeepers has given way to a full-fledged amusement park. Bakken is generally considered the quieter of the two parks due to its location outside of the city, but that doesn't make it any less fun.
Tivoli Gardens, meanwhile, is located in the very center of Copenhagen. As such, the park is always bursting with a mix of locals and tourists, and there's always something happening on one the park's many stages. In addition to the requisite rides, travelers should also take the chance to admire the park's scenic beauty - perhaps from the top of a roller coaster, right before they're sent screaming to the bottom.
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