One of Europe’s best known tourist attractions, the Tivoli Gardens was established in 1843. Pleasure gardens were all the rage at the time, and Copenhagen’s version was particularly lovely. In addition to providing a place to view gorgeous blooms, the gardens also became an important social center and a creative outlet for many performing troupes. People visit today for many of the same reasons, as well as for the numerous amusement rides, games, shops and restaurants. The site also hosts many seasonal festivals that typically draw enormous crowds.