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Set inside the UNESCO World Heritage Jægersborg Deer Park, Bakken creates a unique UNESCO experience.
© Dyrehavsbakken AS

Bakken: The World’s Oldest Amusement Park

The world’s oldest amusement park is located inside the Par Force Hunting Landscape of Jægersborg Deer Park. People have pilgrimaged to Bakken, or Dyrehavsbakken as it is officially known, since 1583 for its healing springs.

People originally came to Bakken to drink from the healing spring during the summer. Later visitors began erecting tents and stalls to entertain and sell items. Over time, it became the site for celebrations. Today it is a wholesome family amusement park with rides, a theatre for the kids, restaurants, bars, and live music.

Bakken is the world’s oldest amusement park, and moreover, it is located within the UNESCO Par Force Hunting Grounds of Jægersborg Deer Park. The amusement is a fun outing for the entire family. – © Dyrehavsbakken AS
Bakken is the world’s oldest amusement park, and moreover, it is located within the UNESCO Par Force Hunting Grounds of Jægersborg Deer Park. The amusement is a fun outing for the entire family. – © Dyrehavsbakken AS

When you come to Bakken, you will notice that there are no big brands or neon signs as they are banned because of the historical value and unique location. Instead, you will be greeted by colourful wooden structures, small independent shop owners, quirky stalls, and free entrance. But, as you will discover, the main attraction is still the park’s many rides, including the 82-year-old wooden rollercoaster.

People come for centuries to enjoy a nice family day at Bakken. You can expect traditional Danish—such as the national dish: fried pork with parsley sauce and potatoes. – © Dyrehavsbakken AS
People come for centuries to enjoy a nice family day at Bakken. You can expect traditional Danish—such as the national dish: fried pork with parsley sauce and potatoes. – © Dyrehavsbakken AS

To guarantee a perfect summer day for the family, take an S-train (or Sound-train) from Copenhagen. Entrance to the park is free, but either tickets or a day-pass (DKK 269) are necessary for the rides, which are open weekends from the end March until the beginning of September.

Many World Heritage sites are temporarily closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please check official websites for more information.

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Bakken: The World’s Oldest Amusement Park