The inspiration to this park was the pleasure gardens that existed in Europe. In 1841 Georg Carstensen applied to the king about building a english style garden. The area was controlled by the millitary, and the buildings had to be temporary and easily pulled down in an event of war. The buildings were erecteed in 1843, and the first season was from August 15th to October 11th. Most of the buildings that are there now are newer (remember: The buildings were temporary). The oldest remainding building is the pantomimime theater (1874). That building is protected.
The area is about 82700 square meters, and is full of entertainment. If you take a good look at the map, you'll find that the parts next to H.C. Andersens Boulevard and Tietgensgade/Bernstorffsgade has most of the "active" attractions, while the other has most of the more "pleasureable" attractions.
Tivoli has it's own little gard, made up of boys. Their salary came in the form of beer and danish pastries. Today they are about 100 boys in the age of 8 to 16 years, and now they have their own performances as well.
Today Tivoli is a strange mix of old and new attractions. For example: A rollercoaster from 1914 in wood. That coaster is one of the oldest in wood.
The founder, Georg Carstensen, 31.Aug. 1812-4. Jan. 1857. He had a carrier in the millitary, and got to travel a great deal. He became a publisher, and got invited to parties, so that he could write about the events. He was proclaimed persona non grata by the management in Tivoli when he went to war in Schlesvig. They thought he hadn't made the nescesary arrangements for the future of Tivoli. Carstensen tried, unsucsessfully, to create a rival to Tivoli called Casino in Amaliengade. This was later to be the forefathers of the first Danish vaudeville theatres. After the failed attempts to create another Tivoli, he traveled first to the West Indies, where he worked for the military, then to New York, before resetteling in Copenhagen in 1855. He again tried to create a rival to Tivoli: Alhambra at Fredensberg. The only thing left of this park is the name of the street: Alhambravej.
It costs 95 DKK for an adult to enter Tivoli. Children under 7 enter for free (but accompanied by an adult) (2013-prices). A reentry ticket can be bought for 15 DKK (2013 preice)
Every attraction has it's cost, but you can buy tickets for more than one attraction at the time.
Opening hours varies, so you'd better have a look at the webpage. It's normally open during Christmas, Haloween and Easter, with special exhibitions and decorations.
One of my dearest Danish students, on returning from a trip to Disneyland remarked, "It wasn't so great, we have Tivol; it's just as good," I might not agree with him, but I agree that Tivoli Gardens is a magical place!
It's smaller than Disneyland and doesn't stay open all year long, but it is a wonderful place for children, teens and adults. It is located in the center of Copenhagen actually quite near the Carlsberg Glypotek.
Tivoli Gardens is a popular amusement park and should be a must on everyone list of things to do. Founded in 1843 it is a beautiful park with lanterns in the trees that create a unique atmosphere. It has a wealth of high-class restaurants and stages for music and theatre. While the park is open during the day time, it is at its best during the evening. The park is great place for people of all ages especially full with life during the summer.
April to September: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Tivoli, the old amusement park from 1843, is properly one of the most famous places to visit in Copenhagen. Inside the garden you’ll find the usual amusement park activities like wild and crazy rides, roller-coasters and merry-go-rounds – but also more quiet entertainment like the salt-water aquarium and the pantomime theatre with the stories about Columbine and Harlequin... The garden itself is also a nice place just for a walk; gorgeous flower arrangements, the lake, the Concert Hall, the beautiful Nimb building, the Chinese Tower – and happy people everywhere…
I like to visit Tivoli on a lovely summer evening and finds the old garden especially beautiful after sunset when it is decorated with lights. Most of my visits are on Fridays because it is “Rock Night”! Every Friday at 10pm (during the summer season) there is a concert on “Plænen” in the centre of Tivoli. Mainly Danish artists, but international names sometimes also perform here (in 2013: Thirty Seconds To Mars (US) on June 21st, Editors (UK) on June 28th, and Afro-Cuban All Stars (CU) on July 5th). Please notice that the garden could be very crowded on a Friday evening…
Around the park there are several restaurants and bars. My favourite place for a cold beer is “Færgekroens Bryghus” – a small brewery with a nice view of the Tivoli Lake.
Opened in August 1843, Tivoli is Europe's 2nd oldest amusement park.
Originally is was called Tivoli Vauxhall after gardens in both Paris and London but now it is simply Tivoli.
The park is best known for its wooden roller coaster, Rutschebanen, which was built in 1914. It originated in Sweden but was moved to Tivoli and is one of the world's oldest, working, wooden roller coasters (and very good fun too!).
For something scary - there is a carousel that goes to the heady heights of 80m. Whilst I am assured the views are spectacular there was only 1 person, in a party of 8, who felt 'man' enough to go on it - that was my 12 year old son! I assumed my duty as his mother and queued, shaking and full of fear... sadly as our turn arrived the ride was closed due to the below freezing temperatures (what a pity). I thankfully escaped this ride with my kudos unchallenged and in tact!
Covering 21 acres the park is rather massive but, as well as the rides there are landscaped gardens, a lake...
I visited at Christmas and it was nothing short of beautiful and magical with it's myriad of pretty lights and Christmas trees etc... Sadly, after several brave hours in below minus conditions we were simply too cold to continue but we all (across an age group) had a fantastic time and would love to go again - perhaps in more clement weather! In our time there we went on many rides with barely any queues (although it was very busy because of Christmas) but we saw only a miniscule section of the park.
Opening times: Mon-Thu, Sun 11am-10pm
There is an admission fee to enter the park. Children up to and including the age of 7 years go free but must be accompanied by a full paying adult. 1 adult can take up to 4 children in on their ticket.
For everybody else (aged 8 upwards) the cost of entry is 95DKK.
For an 'all day' ticket (which allows re-entry) there is a further 15DKK fee.
You then have the choice - you can either buy a ticket to cover the cost of all rides (you will get a wrist band to show you have paid) or you can pay for rides within the park as you go.
A multi-ride ticket is 199DKK
A single ride ticket is 25 DKK
There is also an aquarium within Tivoli with a separate cost again. I believe you can pre-buy aquarium tickets on line and save 5DKK in doing so!
Pre-purchase of tickets with a 5DKK discount is
I had hoped to go to the Tivoli, but time ran out! All I could do, was walk past every day, listening to screams, laughs and people enjoying themselves. I could see some of the entertainment from outside.
The Tivoli was included on my Copenhagen Card for FREE ENTRY.
If you come to the Tivoli you pay seperately for admission and rides.
Buy your admission ticket at the Main Entrance across the road from the Central Station, pick up the free map & guide, put your luggage in a locker, buy tickets for your rides, and you are ready to go!
It would be best to check the website for opening hours as they vary for different months.
ADMISSION IN 2012...
Adults ...95dkk......Children 0-7 years ..FREE
Tivoli Gardens is historic Copenhagen amusement park and one of the most popular tourist destination.
Tivoli was opened in 1843 on the western edge of the city whish today it is in the center of Copenhagen.
Tivoli is at its best at night with its 100,000 colored lanterns light up.
Entry fee: about 68 Kroner
Tivoli is an old (from 1843!) amusement park. It’s a top 10 attraction for Copenhagen, mentioned on every guide and its location a few meters away from Town Hall makes it very popular among the visitors (about 4,5 annual visitors!).
But don’t get excited yet! Its expensive ticket (about 13 euros) for entering the park don’t give you access to the rides, you have to pay separate ticket each time you want to use a ride. Of course the young people will love it anyway, it’s a usual amusement park with the expected activitites like roller coasters (they have one of the oldest ones, since 1914!), merry go rounds etc
In the evening it looks more beautiful when its illuminated with 115,000 light bulbs and on Friday evenings there are live concerts (usually with local artists).
The park itself is interesting if you like to see small lakes, some nice flowers and other seasonal plants but mainly hordes of tourists eating popcorn or ice cream. There are numerous spots where you can eat something but we also noticed a lot of restaurants just outside the main entrance where there is a crowded Hard Rock café etc
Admission is 95DKK except Friday after 20.00 when it goes up to 125DKK
It's open Sunday-Thursday 11.00-23.00 Friday (till 00,30), Saturday (till 24.00)
Tivoli is a world-class theme park in the center of Copenhagen, near Town Hall Square (City Hall Square).
In the evening Tivoli illuminated with 115,000 light bulbs. The park got its first bumper cars in 1926. The roller coaster was built in 1914 and is one of the oldest, still operating wooden roller coasters in the world.
Tivoli is the most visited theme park in Denmark: in 2003 4.1 million people visited the park.
For visiting the park, a ticket to be purchased, not in the true attractions. Therefore, there are individual tickets or day tickets for sale. In the latter case, the visitor gets a kind bracelet.
I didn't enter the Tivoli gardens. After reading review after review saying that it wasn't worth the money, I turned back after seeing the prices. Because not only do you have to pay almost 13 euros per adult to enter. You then have to pay over 3 euros for each ride. Well 3 euros for each ride ticket. Because some rides cost up to 3 tickets, or about 10 euros!
And those are winter prices.
The place is very popular, so I guess they can charge what they like.
Tivoli is a famous amusement park and pleasure gardens in the centre of Copenhagen.the park opened in Aug 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world,with more than 4.5 annual visitors it is the most popular seasonal theme park in the world,the most visited theme park in Scandinavia and second in the world only to Euro Disney in Paris.the park is best known for its wooden roller coaster built in Malmo,Sweden in 1914 its one of the worlds oldest wooden roller coasters still working today.There are many other rides as well that are equally popular,as well as rides the gardens serve as a popular concert venue and performing arts,there are also acres of gardens to walk round with seasonal plants and flowers all year round.The park was shut on our visit with preperations for the park to re-open for Halloween,there were plenty of Halloween themed decorations both outside and in.For ticket prices for themed events and events visit the website.
The Tivoli offers quite a few rides in its relatively small area. One of the rides for the kids is the Dragon Boats. Here the kids get to captain a boat, and if there’s a couple of side-swipes, it’s all in good fun.
Before we went I didn't think this was going to be anything special, but what a surprise. Tivoli is a wonderful mixture of gardens, restaurants, entertainment and amusement park, all rolled into one old fashioned experience.
Walking through Tivoli Gardens is like walking into a storybook. The life size toy soldiers (the Boys' guard) marches by escorting a child prince and princess in a carraige. There are brightly coloured signs and statues, there are rides and music, pantomime and a lot of happy people. You can shop, eat, and play. You can row a boat, watch a concert, throw a ball and take a chance on winning. You can get scared on one of the rides or wait for the nightly fireworks shows or just walk around and soak up the atmosphere.
Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world, opened in 1843 and is purportedly the inspiration behind the original Disneyworld theme park. And it's not just rides and arcade games, either, it's concert halls and stages, landscaped gardens, a small aquarium and special seasonal events. There are options for food from budget takeaway to fine dining.
There's a base entry fee but that doesn't cover rides which are extra. There are ticket machines around the grounds where you can get tickets for the rides. Each ride takes 1 - 3 (20DKK each) tickets or you can buy a multi-ride pass that will let you ride as many as you want for that visit. The rides range from tame and safe for young kids right up to scary stuff for adults. The entrance fee does cover many of the entertainment events including the pantomime and concerts though some may require separate tickets.
With the entrance fee (95DKK per person, cheaper for children), rides, food and other things like games, bets, snacks and any shopping, it might end up being a pricey visit but it's one of the Must See things to do in Copenhagen. I met someone that worked there for a couple of years in school and she said it was really a magical place to work and you can see the smiles on all the visitors. I guess the magic is catching!
We enjoyed the evening though we didn't try any of the rides. We were greeted by the Boys' Guard Parade, then we walked and talked and looked around, taking in all the sights, sounds and colours. We got a bite to eat and caught a pantomime show. We went to the little aquarium in the Concert hall (20 dkk extra). We didn't stay late enough to see it all lit up but it has to be spectactular when it is!
Tivoli has something for everyone. My 14 year old daughter and I loved the double loop Rollercoaster but we weren't so sure about the long drop tower. Despite the holiday season being in full swing there were no long queues for either of these rides. In fact we probably waited no more than 5 minutes for any ride. My wife and son, neither of whom are keen on rides, enjoyed watching us but they enjoyed the aquarium even more. Apparently this has the longest single glass front in Europe but that is it - just the one tank. It's very good but not particularly representative of a coral reef, for example I didn't see any invertebrates.
You can get pass outs so rather than eating in the numerous food outlets ( all of which were very expensive) we went out of the Park for our evening meal ( see my restaurant tip about Butterfly). The park's central location is an added bonus here as it isn't far to walk to the main street.
We enjoyed the classical mime pantomime in the Chinese open theatre.
Later on in the evening there was a jazz band to sit and listen to whilst you could sit down and enjoy a drink.
To round off the day we stayed for the Sound and Light show over the lake. It was a great way to end a really memorable and thoroughly enjoyable day.
The day entrance fee isn't particularly overpriced ( compared with standard prices for theme parks in the UK ) and, if like us, you avoid buying food in the park you can get a really full, fun day out relatively cheaply. In 2009 adults for a multi ride pass pay 200DKK and children up to the age of 12 years pay 160DKK on top of the admission price for adults of 85DKK