Right outside Rosenborg Castle (and on the way to Nyhavn) is a rather beautiful park that’s perfect for lazy afternoons in the city…

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As it was Saturday, the park was a hive of activity; everyone friendly, laughing and having a great time! I love visiting a new city and instantly feeling welcome. That’s something that Copenhagen does so well and it’s evident from the amazing mix of people that were all mingling together in the park…

visiting Copenhagen-95 and all looking rather suave, too! visiting Copenhagen-96Of course, no visit to Copenhagen would be complete without a little gander at the city’s colourful waterfront!

visiting Copenhagen-99 Before I knew it, 2 hours had passed and we were already late for our next adventure of the day, Tivoli Gardens!

We’d stopped at Tivoli Gardens on our last visit but we only managed about 2 hours in the park. 🙁 This time, I insisted we dedicated the rest of the day to explore!

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There’s a history and charm to Tivoli Gardens that really is unique, not only because it’s one of the oldest themed parks in the world but because it’s actually so much more than just rides.

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As soon as we got through the gates, we headed straight for one of my favourite of things, The Rollercoaster – that is well over a 100 years old!

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This wooden rollercoaster has to be one of my favourites… more than anything else it’s charming friendly and a little bit rickety, imagine it like a great-aunt of the rollercoaster world.

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After coasting the tracks, weaving in and out of the snow-capped mountains and losing my tummy to a few big drops, we decided to settle our tummy’s at Fru Nimb, where we tried our very first Danish staple, a smørrebrød with an aperitif of-course!

With loads of different variations, we sat down, with an aperitif to delve into one of the 50, or so, smørrebrød variations on offer.

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One of the things I loved most about trying a smørrebrød from Fru Nimb was that each and everyone has been specially curated from a 100-year-old cookbook that was imagined by Louise Nimb, Tivoli’s original smørrebrødsjomfru (which is a fancy name for, smørrebrød expert). 😉

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After tucking into to our hearty smørrebrød’s, we headed straight into the park itself…

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By this point the sun had begun to set and all the fairytale lights began to light up the gardens, trust me when I say, it’s magical whatever your age!

visiting Copenhagen-113 We decided to go on a good few rides, some old, some new… and a few down-right scary!

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The whole park was great fun and it’s really easy to get on every ride (no need to queue for hours, like in other major parks).visiting Copenhagen-112

I think we must have went on quite a few rollercoasters and intense rides, as after a while my tummy began to feel a little queasy…

…with no better remedy than a dollops of homemade ice-cream, sweet popcorn and an incredible Pantomime…

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The dancers were incredible and it’s nothing like a Pantomime in Britain, much less heckling and audience participation (which is fun too) and much more of a serious art form…

visiting Copenhagen-123 …that includes ballet and beautiful dancing, which even gets quite dark and sinister at times.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I ended up downloading the album by ‘Oh Land’ who curated the music for the show.

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We managed to see Cinderella and it really was a special event.

visiting Copenhagen-120  Without sounding too corny, the whole show was enchanting! visiting Copenhagen-122visiting Copenhagen-124

It seemed that after settling my tummy with a Pantomime and like a sucker for punishment, we headed back onto a few more rides! 😉

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Before we knew it, 12 midnight was approaching and with every Cinderella reference ever quoted, we knew it’d be time to leave soon but not before seeing a whole array of stunning fireworks to send us on our way!

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As the night drew to a close and my weary feet asked for a rest andso we bade farewell to the amazing Tivoli Gardens headed back for a good night’s kip at the Tivoli Hotel!

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By the next morning, it quickly dawned on me that it’d be our last day in the city! I’m never keen on the last day of a holiday, it always feels like it’s the end of an era… so dramatic, I know!

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Thankfully, we had a precious few hours left to relax before our flight back to London which we decided to spend at Sticks N Sushi.

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Sat on the rooftop terrace, overlooking Copenhagen, we delved into a mountain of sushi and pan-asian cuisine, which had everything from… visiting Copenhagen-136

salted avocado, fresh salmon rolls and a whole array of delicious sushi that filled me to the brim.  visiting Copenhagen-137

My favourite hd to be the sushi which I would’ve packed in my luggage if I knew it’d  have kept! 🙂  visiting Copenhagen-140  Filled with oodles of sushi, it was time to call our lovely break in Copenhagen a day! visiting Copenhagen-141

We trundled back to the train station to catch our flight home and I quickly realised how much I’d eaten over the course of a long weekend…

…meh, what the heck! It’s a holiday after all. And if the glass didn’t crack under my weight, there’s no need to worry! 😉visiting Copenhagen-145



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  • I really like the pictures of the Tivoli Gardens at dusk.
    Copenhagen has been on my list for a while – and this has made me even more keen! 😀

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! You’ll love Tivoli Gardens – the who park is magical. 🙂

      Let us know if you plan a trip, happy to help and advise if we can 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya

  • The slow pace

    I love how you’ve featured two of my favourite spots in Copenhagen: Tivoli (which is just magical) and Sticks N Sushi! Those Ebi Bites are delicious, aren’t they????
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yay! Tivoli is so magical isn’t it! The whole place is very special!

      Ahhhhh, so glad you like to Sticks N Sushi too! It was our first time there… we LOVED it! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya

  • Maria Salomonsen

    So glad you enjoyed your stay here in Copenhagen. Tivoli really is pure magic 😛
    Cheers,
    Maria @ http://momentumtravels.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      We really did! You’re so right about it being magical! We fell in love with Tivoli, it’s such a special place!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I’d love to visit it!

  • This looks awesome. I went to Copenhagen on a family cruise when I was much younger but really want to go back! Tivoli at night looks beautiful.

    Lisa ~ Not Quite Enough

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s a beautiful city isn’t it, Lisa!

      You’re so right, we LOVED Tivoli Gardens, especially when it came to the early evening – it looked so magical! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Taste of France

    Tivoli is so pretty! But when I was there several years ago, an ice cream cone was something like $6, which I found shocking. Also, I got turned away from a couple of waterfront restaurants because I was a solo female. I watched as couples without reservations got seated after me. I really didn’t expect that in Copenhagen. Luckily the city is so pretty, and I eventually managed to find a place that would serve me.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really is so pretty isn’t it, we loved it at night, the whole gardens looked so magical.

      Oh no, so sorry to hear that! 🙁 That’s not a nice experience at all. We’re so glad you found somewhere lovely eventually though! You’re right, Copenhagen really is a lovely place isn’t it.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • This is making me so excited for our upcoming trip to Copenhagen! Tivoli and Nyhavn are at the top of the list!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’re going to LOVE it, Rachel – can’t wait to see your pics! Let us know if you need any other advice/tips (always happy to help). 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Wow, looks like you had a phenomenal time! Absolutely adore your photos. They are so pleasant to look at and incredibly beautiful.

    Jasmine | http://www.mysuitcasejourneys.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thank you so much, Jasmine – you’re comment literally made our afternoon! Thank you 🙂

      Denmark is such a lovely place and Tivoli Gardens are so beautiful at dusk… it really is a lovely place.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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