The Tivoli Park Entrance, Copenhagen, Denmark


This photochrome from circa 1890-1900 is from the “Views of Architecture and Other Sites in Copenhagen, Denmark” section in the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company. It shows the entrance to Tivoli Gardens, which opened in 1843, and is the second-oldest amusement park in the world (after Dyrehavsbakken, also in Denmark). The park was inspired by the romantic pleasure gardens of Europe, which were landscaped according to the naturalistic English tradition rather than the French style based on geometric lines. Tivoli's founder, Georg Carstensen (1812-57), had seen pleasure gardens on his journeys in Europe, and in 1841 he applied to King Christian VIII for permission to establish and run such a park in Copenhagen. According to the description in the 1892 edition of Baedeker’s Norway, Sweden and Denmark: Handbook for Travellers, the park was a “large and very popular establishment for all kinds of amusements, concerts, theatre, panorama, switch-back railway, fireworks, etc. The performances generally begin at 6 and end about 10 p.m. The concerts (classical concert on Sat. frequented by the better classes) end about 11 p.m.”

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Detroit Publishing Company, Detroit, Michigan

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1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color


  • Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., catalogue J, foreign section. Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Publishing Company, c1905.

Last updated: September 4, 2013