Tivoli has been in the hearts of all Copenhageners and Danes since 1843. My Danish background makes it a piece of my heart also.
Tivoli is not an amusement park as such, the place to go for a good scream (although there is an area for that, too), instead it is a beautiful, romantic park with a wealth of high class restaurants, as well as many stages for music and theatre, and most of it is free for the visitors. The screams from the roller-coaster can't be heard in among the trees and the lanterns. It is the lanterns in the trees and bushes, by the water and in the arcs over the walking paths, that make up the style of Tivoli. Tivoli is immaculately clean and nice and all the lamps are always working. Quality without parallel. Everywhere you can hear music from jazz orchestras or classical ensembles, and people amuse themselves in many ways, in this wonderful, beautiful and calm environment.
This web page is a tour around Tivoli, with a few, closer looks at some of the lovely restaurants.
|A tour around Tivoli, mostly to show you the lamps and lanterns. You may notice that the pictures start att dusk and end in evening dark. I was simply walking around with my camera one night and tried to do as much justice as possible to Tivoli.|
|The Concert Hall needs a special mention. The Germans couldn't stand Tivoli during occupation in the Second World War, but they found no pretext to destroy the place, as it wasn't really anti-Nazi. But they found a way to demoralise the Danish anyway: They blew up the concert hall, well aware of the warm feelings the Danish had for their Tivoli. It was quickly rebuilt after the war.|
|The restaurants are among the best ones available. Let's start off with Viften (The Fan) having a light meal. This is really a cafeteria and a beef restaurant.|
|The Chinese Tower, a pagoda-shaped restaurant, lies close to the Tivoli Lake.|
|The Ferry Inn Restaurant, a place with nice atmosphere, looking like it's afloat on the Tivoli Lake.|
|Let us also mention The Bodega, a wine restaurant that's been around for over a 100 years. The quality is superb and you can be sure to get value for your money. The Danish knows how to make food. Across the open place is the outdoor stage Plænen (The Lawn), the largest stage in Tivoli. You may view the perfomances, wine glass in hand, from the open-air part of The Bodega.|
|Everything ends with an evening picture of The Restaurant Nimb-Brasserie “N”, actually 5-6 restaurants together, one of the nicest pictures I have ever taken. Tivoli themselves calls it “A charming terrace restaurant,” which has to be the understatement of the year.The light columns in the pool in the foreground are transparent tubes with bubbles in, lit from below, some sort of tranquil fountain.|
To us Swedes everything is very nicely arranged. The railway station is right across the street. It is possible to spend an evening on Tivoli and then walk across the street and take the sleeper home. If you've ever visited Tivoli, you will never forget it.
As all other cultural cities, Copenhagen has a wealth of beautiful churches and other buildings.This is a very small sample.
|The Church of the Holy Spirit on the Strøget shopping street, was newly renovated when I visited it. A church with unusually clean lines.|
|St. Niciolai may not be the most beautiful of churches, but it certainly has an impressive bell tower. It won't fall over easily. The inside of the church holds an art museum, not very church-like.|
|The City Hall on Rådhusplatsen is an impressive building. Its chimes play every hour and has become a symbol of Copenhagen. By its base is a row of bronze dragons. To the right of the building is the famous statue of Hans Christian Andersen, through all times the most famous Danish author of childrens books. His knees are worn shiny from all the children who has been photographed sitting there.|