Bakken

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.

London double-decker bus, converted into a diner

London double-decker bus, converted into a diner

Bakken's main stage, much more austere than Tivoli

Bakken’s main stage, much more austere than Tivoli

A variety of rides and entertainment for people of all ages...

A variety of rides and entertainment for people of all ages…

Arcade-style games…

Traditional amusement park rides...

Traditional amusement park rides…

More of the same...

More of the same. I get dizzy just watching this ride in motion…

One thing I like about both Tivoli and Bakken is their focus on entertainment for the entire family. This is a ride catering to smaller children...

One thing I like about Tivoli and Bakken is their focus on the entire family. This ride caters to smaller children. A much bigger version catering to the older crowd is only meters away…

This is like a "Drive-through car wash" only you walk through and there is no water involved...

I think this venue is like a “Drive-through” car wash only you walk through and there is no water involved…

This 2D roller-coaster spins its way through a building constructed to look like it was damaged by a tornado

This 2D roller-coaster spins its way through a building “damaged” by a tornado

One of the most entertaining attractions are these pirate ships with hand-cranked water canons. Suffice it to say it is more popular in warmer weather

One of the most entertaining attractions are these ships with hand-cranked water canons. Suffice it to say it is more popular during the warmer summer months…

Another kiddie ride framed with blue sky in the background

Another kiddie ride framed with blue sky in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Canadian expat working in the biotechnology industry in Copenhagen, Denmark
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