When it comes to theme parks and ‘extreme sports’, I’m the equivalent of a plane spotter. Not only do I love a good kick of adrenaline, but I’m a sucker for the stats; height, speed, depth, inversions, g force etc etc but AGE isn’t normally something that comes up very often. In 2014 the 2nd oldest rollercoaster in the world, ‘Rutschebanen’, turned 100 years old!
‘Rutschebanen’ is a wooden roller coaster located at Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park in Copenhagen, Denmark. It may not be the most adrenaline fuelled coaster, but it brought smiles to mine and my sister’s faces every time we rode it (yes, we went on it multiple times!)
It is 1 of the only roller coasters in the world that have a brake man sat in the train to slow it down manually on the drops! (Another, closer to home in the UK is the Roller Coaster at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach.) For Rutschebanen’s anniversary, there were plans to restore its landscaping back to how it looked when it first opened in 1914!
The ‘old school’ atmosphere definitely makes Tivoli a special place. It first opened in 1843! Unlike other amusement parks, Tivoli is still lit with thousands of individual light bulbs at night, rather than using neon like other parks. There’s a really interesting mix of older attractions and newer ones.
Some amusement parks can be a pain to get to due to the size of the land they need to operate, but Tivoli couldn’t be any easier to reach, it’s RIGHT opposite the Central Train Station.
There is an entrance fee to get into the park and then a multi-ride wrist band or tickets can be purchased separately OR *tip alert* buying a package online for entrance, a multi ride wristband and a meal voucher can save you around £7 ($10), making a basic meal cost all of £1 extra on the gate price of the entrance and wristband price. Not bad for an expensive city! You only need to go on 3 of the bigger rides to make the wrist band a worthwhile purchase and there is something for both young and older visitors.
For anyone not interested in the rides, there are side shows, the gardens, plenty of food and drink outlets and during peak seasons; live music (more ‘well known’ bands on a Friday!), a ballet and the closing fireworks.
I visited on a Saturday afternoon in June and ride queue times were small compared to major theme parks around the world.
For more information: http://www.tivoli.dk/en/
Is visiting a theme park something you’re interested in when taking a city break?