In Denmark, everyone knows Bakken is the world’s oldest amusement park. But despite being located just ten minutes outside Copenhagen, the park, which is tucked away in the beautiful woods of Dyrehaven, is still unknown to most foreign visitors. And that is a shame because the park not only offers free entrance, it also offers a nostalgic historic ambiance, authentic Danish charm and an array of amusements and thrill rides.
The world's oldest amusement park founded in 1583, Bakken, or Dyrehavsbakken as it is officially named, has been a firm favorite with the people of Copenhagen for centuries. During summertime families, young couples and seniors alike flock to the amusement park and the surrounding woodland to indulge in a day of fun. With a unique position in the middle of one of Denmark’s most beautiful woods, it is like encountering a surprise in the middle of the greenery. The park offers a perfect blend of children’s amusements, restaurants, pubs and bars with entertainment and live music. It’s is not just a small children’s amusement park but a place of leisure for the whole family. Because of its historic value and unique location, no big brands are allowed to set up stands at Bakken and neon signs are banned. Instead a jumble of colourful wooden structures, small independent shop owners and quirky stalls meets visitors. (from their website)
We were headed here for the Korsbaek village reconstruction..... the town of our beloved Danish TV series Matador...
the rich family's bank
the up and comers department store
for a while - the Skjern family lived over the store then they moved to a fancy house with property outside of town-
the fancy restaurant in town - also the location for concerts and dancing school-
the pig trader's farmhouse- the wife Katrine was a huge figure in the series and was essential to several plot lines -
the "bar" table at the banker's home - scene of many poured drinks- LOL
the Vaerness (banking family) dining room-
their cook - Laura's kitchen- where Agnes the second maid started out - she later became an entrepreneur and the second "matador" when Mads Skjern helped her in business that none of his children were interested in learning.
the phone in the back room of the station restaurant where the pig trader and his dog Qvick were regular clientele...
one of the funnier characters in the series an old maid who took care of her aged and falsely infirm mother - who later married the school teacher (gold digging man after her fortune) and she managed to ensure that he died post haste- LOL
the school teacher on his wedding night in a scene that was never in the series but everyone visualized so well from the retelling at a later dinner party that now it is included in the Korsbaek exhibit- LOL
We had a lovely time and were so pleased to have gotten to see this recreated town- the original one (which was supposed to be used for one more year of the series) was damaged beyond repair in a storm and the whole idea of continuing scrapped (much to the dismay of the fans)
So we returned to town and had a lovely meal (farewell to Aase meal) at Den Lille Fede-
we had the courses starred on the above set menu - didn't think after lunch at Restaurant Schonnemann that we could even think of seven course! Five was a challenge at that!
The time together went much too quickly and we made a vow to return in two years to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of when Phil and Aase met - and to return to Jutland- so now we know at least ONE place we will be in 2018!
Meantime - we are about to start our trip "proper" and meet up with the guide tomorrow and before we leave town we will catch up with all the Hansens- Poul and Lene and Poul's nephew Martin, Martin's wife Susan and their children Thomas and Emma! - we have reservations at Studio (a NOMA alum cooks there) and look forward to the evening.
The Labor Day weekend got the best of me and so I have been delayed in posting but hope to get us back on track this week! Stay tuned!