Dyrehavsbakken (“The Deer Park Hill”), or simply Bakken (“The Hill”) how commonly is referred to, is a family park located near Klampenborg, about 10 km north of Copenhagen in Dennmark.
The park opened in 1583 and is the world’s oldest operating amusement park. Nowadays the park receives 2.5-2.7 million visitors per year, making it is the second most popular attraction in Denmark, after the more widely known Tivoli Gardens amusement park.
Being the oldest amusement park in the world, it has an old charm that is wonderful so long as you go in managing your expectations. Bakken has 431-year-old and it shows (sometimes rides can be a little rough). Old rides, circus, a wonderful green area and six roller coasters, the most famous of which is Rutschebanen (Danish for “The Roller Coaster”), a wooden roller coaster opened since 1932.
Also worth mention is Tornado, the newest roller coaster at the park. You sit in a carriage that during the trip is turning on its own axis. The effect is almost 5G, and it feels like being trapped in the midst of a tempest. Apart from the rollercoaster you can also find lots of fun fair rides like bumper cars, a giant swing, an indoor ghost train, several carousels, a 30m tall drop tower, a swinging Viking ship and a log flume ride. Also the park’s mascot, Pjerrot the clown, performs everyday for young children.
The best thing about Bakken is that you, family and friends can have a picnic in the surrounding forest before or after trying all the fun rides. Since you pay for the rides and parking but the entrance and forest is for free it is possible to have a long laid back and fun day at a relatively low-cost (that is if you bring your own food). But Bakken has also lots of good food stands and restaurants. A late dinner and drinks in the everlasting Scandinavian daylight (the sundown was only at 22:30 when we visited back in June 2014), a live concert and a visit to the Circus tent could be a perfect match for ending the day in a high note.
At the end of the day Bakken is a good family park, a little corky and rough on the edges, but fun for all ages.
By Ana Alegria and Carlos Canaes. Updated 24/12/2017
Location: Dyrehavevej 62, 2930 Klampenborg, Denmark
Opensdaily from the end of March through the end of August.
Entrance into the park area is free, but rides and attractions require money. Price depends on the ride or attraction. Discounted coupons, 244DKK (32 Euros/44 USD) wristbands for all the rides and season passes can also be purchasedTop Rides
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