As mentioned previously, Tivoli is one of two amusement parks in the Copenhagen area. The other is Dyrehavsbakken, more commonly referred to as Bakken (“The Hill”), situated in a forest on the edge of Dyrehaven just north of Copenhagen and the oldest amusement park in the world.
A friend commonly refers to Bakken as “Poor man’s Tivoli”. While that assessment is somewhat unfair, there is a certain degree of truth to it. Given Tivoli’s location in the center of the city, it is able to command a significant entry fee and generate greater revenue than its suburban cousin. In contrast, entry to Bakken is free and rides and services are generally cheaper than Tivoli. As a result, it caters more to blue-collar types although is an entertaining venue for all, regardless of social class.
Today, Bakken is home to dozens of rides including numerous roller coasters (one which opened in 1932). The unofficial advent of spring in Denmark is associated with a motorcade of bikers driving from central Copenhagen to Bakken on opening day in late March. Despite its early opening, it closes the first of September and is desolate walking around in early fall.
Another unique event is the World Santa Claus Congress held at Bakken since 1957. Held every July, the congress brings Santa Clause and his different counterparts together from around the world to socialize and spread good cheer at a particularly slack time in Santa’s schedule.
The following are a selection of pictures taken at Bakken over the last couple of years. As you will see, the park is more austere than Tivoli although still entertaining.