The World’s Oldest Amusement Park

Earlier this week, Nicolas and I visited Bakken – The world’s oldest amusement park! It is crazy for me to think that this whimsical place opened its doors hundreds of years ago in 1583 and is still loved and visited by so many to this day.

Entering Bakken is essentially like entering a fairytale. The park is hidden in the center of one of Denmark’s beautiful forests. Horse-drawn carriages circle the area transporting visitors. You are immediately greeted with the sounds of children enjoying the rides and the aroma of some of Denmark’s most traditional food.


My personal favorite food (and one of the main reasons we visited Bakken this day) is the beef sandwich. I know it sounds pretty average, but believe me, it is NOT!


This classic sandwich consists of a very thin beef patty smothered in ketchup and sautéed onions and served on a sesame seed bun. It is so simple yet SO delicious.



Bakken is also home to Rutschebanen (Danish for “The Roller Coaster”). It was the park’s first rollercoaster built all the way back in 1932!


Another section of this charming park that I adore is Nisseskoven which means The Elf Forrest in Danish. Santa visits here every Sunday, June through August, on his summer holiday.


There is even a Christmas tree on display all summer long which I am MORE than okay with!

Here is a top view of my outfit of the day. I kept it simple with cropped leggings from Victoria’s Secret and an oversized striped tee from H&M. Nike flyknits are one of my very favorite styles of sneakers. They are super breathable and comfortable which makes them perfect for summertime (not to mention they are available in a ridiculous variety of colorways). Nicolas and I both have a few pairs.


Bakken is filled with so many restaurants and food stands. You could visit on numerous occasions and have a totally different food experience each time. The atmosphere is relaxed and cozy with candles, fresh flowers, and music.


We finished off our day with a delicious vanilla soft ice topped with chocolate sprinkles (my favorite, as you can tell by my ridiculous smile).


And that concludes our day at Bakken! Thanks so much for visiting today and for all your kind comments on my previous post. I am traveling to Spain this week and look forward to sharing it with all of you 🙂

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  • Reply Beth (A Mom's Life) August 26, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    What a cool place to visit! I wonder what kind of attractions they had in 1583? And I’m pretty sure I would not be riding the roller coaster from 1932. Enjoy Spain and I’m looking forward to your photos!

    • Reply Madison Marie September 8, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Hi, Beth! I actually did ride the old rollercoaster – it was pretty nerve-wracking, but still fun 🙂 My Spain post is up now!

  • Reply Billie Jo August 26, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I know where we will be going when we visit!!!
    Beautiful post…
    Beautiful photos…
    Love you!

  • Reply mamasmercantile August 26, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Sounds like a great day. I love the idea of Santa been in residence there on his holidays and a Christmas tree all decked up for the season. Have a great trip to Spain.

  • Reply Rachael August 26, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    I enjoy this so much 😊

    • Reply Madison Marie September 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Thanks, Rachael! I’m so glad 🙂

  • Reply Joey August 26, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    So very cool!
    Can’t wait to hear all about Spain!❤️

  • Reply Haunani Thunell August 27, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Oh I love this place already! Everyone should have a glimpse of Denmark through your beautiful eyes! And seriously, Spain, too! You are absolutely living a fairytale. Have a wonderful trip…can’t wait to hear about it. ❤️

  • Reply tara August 27, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    That looks charming. I love that Santa visits. And the food does sound amazing! And of course, I love your style. Have a wonderful trip to Spain. Scott and I traveled there in High School with a whole group from our Spanish club. (I’m pretty sure that where we fell in love. And I know for sure it was the first place we held hands) 🙂

    • Reply Madison Marie September 8, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Oh my gosh, you have so many wonderful stories of you & Scott 🙂 Thanks for always being so supportive! xoxo

  • Reply Kathleen August 31, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Those are some serious looking sprinkles! Yum!
    That park looks like a fun place to visit. So glad you had a nice day. Looking forward to hearing about Spain.

  • Reply Danielle August 31, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Oh my gosh, looks like so much fun!! Did you ride that roller coaster? : ) I love the Christmas tree! A little touch of Christmas always makes things magical! The food, the rides, and the company…how could you go wrong? And those chocolate sprinkles! Looove!
    Can’t wait to see pictures from Spain! Enjoy your trip! ♥

    • Reply Madison Marie September 8, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Hi, Danielle! Yes, I rode the roller coaster 🙂 Thanks for the love <3

  • Reply Carrie August 31, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Oh my – fairytale land? beef sandwich smothered in ketchup? Santa? Ice cream with sprinkles? Sign me up!!

    Looks like a wonderful place. Thx for sharing!
    Blessings to you.

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  • Reply Ali Reigel September 30, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Love Bug!

    I am really enjoying your blog! Looks like you are having an amazing time! Can’t wait to come and visit you <3!

    Love you !!
    Ali Marie!

    • Reply Madison Marie October 5, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you, my dear! 🙂 It will be a great visit! 🙂

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