Dyrehavsbakken (or just Bakken) is located in the lovely Jægerborg Dyrehave (read my other tips) and is the World’s oldest amusement park. The history goes back to 1583 then a spring was found. The water was believed to have a healthy effect, and people came from far and near to drink from the spring. Soon it became a popular place and food sellers, performers, and entertainers arrived and this was how it all begun.
Today, Bakken offer roller coaster rides, children's rides, games, restaurants and music entertainment. There are some similarities to the Tivoli Garden in the centre of Copenhagen, but I don’t think Bakken has the same nice atmosphere as Tivoli and Bakken more reminds me of a travelling Tivoli.
There is free admission to the park, but you have to pay for the rides. The season goes from the middle of March to the end of August.
Tivoli is certainly more beutiful and picturesque but if the Danish themselves want to have fun they go to Bakken. I would recommend taking a day for each if you can.
Many tourists never go to Bakken because it´s not as centrally located but it´s well worth the short train ride. You could walk the short way between the train station and Bakken but I recommend taking one of the hourse-drawn carriages available, it´s a lovely ride through woodland.
Bakken was never actually founded, it started in 1583, when a young girl, Kirsten Piil, found a spring – now called Little Kirstens Spring. The water was said to have healing powers, so people started gathering there. Soon travelling artists, musicians, and con-artists followed, and slowly but surely it grew into amusement park every summer. Where Tivoli was founded to cater to a rich clientele, Bakken has attracted the more common crowd, the working class, who needed a place to relax – somewhere to enjoy food, drink, dance and other amusements. What people want, rather than aesthetic consideration, has formed Bakken, and still does. No admittance-fee, plenty of snack-foods to buy, colourful rides, and of course “Bakkens Hvile”, where the spunky singing girls have entertained and amused people with their risqué songs for 130 years.
Catch an s-train (C-line) to Klampenborg (20 minutes from Copenhagen), and walk with the flow, or catch one of the romantic horse carriages.
It claims to be the World's oldest amusement park and whatever it is, it is good. Nope, it's not huge and nope, it doesn't have all the latest rides. Instead, it is charming and very, very Danish. Entrance is free and it is set in the huge park landscape that is a part of much of the north of Copenhagen. You can get into the mood instantly by coming here by horse and carriage from the railway station at Klampenborg. Bakken is not owned by anyone in particular. Instead, all the individua and unusuall rides are privately owned. However, you will find a bracelet to buy including most rides at a VERY good price compared to Tivoli. You can then go ten times on each ride. My own favourite is the octopus (I always like those) which here is unusually thrilling. Having said that, the hilarious and watersplashing crocodile ride (see picture) is something very unusual. There are plenty of eateries here too of various quality. Our own favourite is a spare ribs place near the main entrance with a huge plate which is great value for money. Cleverly enough, several restaurants are placed near rides for the younger children so you can still keep an eye on them when they've lost interest in dining. Note that the park is only open April until end of August.
There's something in the air at Bakken! You shouldn't miss its cosy Danish atmosphere. Bakken is over 400 years old, the world's oldest amusement park.
Its popularity is unquestion-able - according to Danish experts it is a prominent example of Danish culture. For generations Danes have come here for their amusement. Free entry puts you in a good mood, and there are more than 150 attractions and cosy restaurants to choose between.
Bakken's setting is unique, in Dyrehaven, one of Denmark's prettiest natural areas, 10 km north of Copenhagen. Stags and deer graze freely nearby.
Start the day touring the lovely scenery on foot or by horse and carriage, before joining the lively atmosphere of Bakken.
In the photo you can see my VT friends Merete and her husband plus me, having a nice lunch on one of the many atmospheric terrades there!
A place I strongly recommend to you!! Really UNIQUE....
We are all kids at heart, so while your in Copenhagen go to Bakken. It's a great amusement park with plenty to do and see.
Park your car at the Klampenborg train station then take a horse and cart into the Park. You can also park at the park entrance but thats not half as fun!
Tivoli and Bakken. Two amusement parks in the heart of the city.
Not so big, and not so spectacular, but charming, a bit old-fashioned and a must if you're staying in Copenhagen for a couple of days or more.