One of my favorite places and the top ten most-visited amusement parks in Europe is right here in Denmark. Dyrehavsbakken, aka Bakken, is the oldest amusement park in the world, yet welcomes millions of visitors each year. Admission is free, and there are plenty of activities to enjoy aside from the fun rides. Throngs of people go to Bakken for a stroll, a picnic, some swimming, and playing sports like football.
Located in Klampenborg, Bakken has been a favorite spot since it opened in 1583. With plenty of rides to choose from, restaurants to try, and entertaining games and competitions to join, your summer will definitely be boredom-less. Yep, Bakken is open only in summer, usually from March to August.
So, what attractions will you find in the park? Denmark is home to the Vikings ages ago, so many attractions and rides resemble Viking ships and/or water-inspired. There are also bumper cars, an 82-year old wooden roller coaster, an octopus ride, little ferris wheels and drop towers.
Hungry? There are plenty of food stalls and a few restaurants to choose from in Bakken. Meals are affordable and you may even opt to dine in an eat-all-you-can resto.
Or you may opt to bring a picnic bag and sit on the grass. Once, we brought home-made burgers and fruits and stayed under the sun for hours. It was pleasant to watch the people and the horse-driven calesas (carriages) pass by.
The park is surrounded by 400-year old trees, a wonderful forest, and if you go deeper into the woods, you might catch a glimpse of free range deer. Too bad, I never managed to go to the deer park. 😛
And oh, there are plenty of booths and stalls in the park. My sister and I enjoyed playing basketball there, even without a prize. But there are many arcade games with little prizes, too.
In addition to the amusement park, Klampenborg Beach is within reach! They’ve made the beach wider to accommodate more people. 😉 It’s a nudist beach. 😉
That’s it, pansit! Hope you enjoy Bakken on your visit. For opening hours and more: http://www.bakken.dk/%C3%A5bningstider 😉
Today, I’m moving out of the bofællaskab where I stayed for 11 months. Living here concludes my 27-month stay in Denmark. Darn, it was a long time. 😀 Everything seemed to have happened ages ago! I made a lot of experiment and observations, and for sure, I’ll write entries about them. Soon. Carpe diem!