Tivoli, along with Little Mermaid, is one of Copenhagen's landmarks and is featured in most postcard images. It is a famous amusement park, built in 1843, both during the day and all lit up at might. Due to Copenhagen's weather conditions, it isn't open all year round, being that the season begins around mid-April. We visited Copenhagen in early April so we couldn't visit Tivoli Gardens since we were a couple of weeks ahead of its opening season. Even if it would have been opened when we visited Copenhagen, I'm not sure we would have visited it due to extremely cold and wet days when we visited.
Tivoli isn't just for toddlers and small kids; the one in Copenhagen is really fun for a bit more mature audience too. Apparently the other tivoli in Copenhagen, Bakken (Dyrehavsbakken), is more popular with the locals, but I certainly won't complain about the atmosphere in this one either! There are a lot of restaurants, shops and rides for pretty much everyone, and different types of music and entertainment as well. What I especially liked was the recycling of drinking cups: if you buy e.g. a cup of coffee, you pay a small deposit, and when you return the cup to this machine it gives the deposit back. Pretty clever, and it works too!
The admission fee for everyone over 12 years is DKK 95, and this doesn't include any ride tickets. Those are DKK 20 each, and depending on a ride you need 1-3 of them. A season pass is DKK 240 for everyone over 12 years of age (meaning you get in more than once during the season). There are also multi-ride tickets (DKK 250 for those over 12 years).
Tivoli is a great place to visit during any trip to Copenhagen and an absolute must for anyone's first visit to Denmark. The reason I say this is that it holds an almost mythical spot in Danish culture and is an important part of the Danish psyche. As the second oldest amusement park in the world (and Walt Disney's inspiration for Disneyland), its a true Danish national treasure and spending some time strolling around and watching Danes enjoying ice cream, rides and food is an important cultural experience.
The atmosphere is great any time of year (where else can you walk through an amusement park and look up to see the ancient town hall and clock tower looming above you, while kids howls of excitement from a roller coaster act as the background noise), but during Christmas, that atmosphere is taken to a whole new level. The entire park is strewn with lights (more than usual), filled with nisser (elves), and everywhere you look there are stalls selling ornaments, crafts, glue wine, beer, candy, ableskivers, and polser (hot dogs).
If you're in Copenhagen during December, definitely spend a night at Tivoli. Its a great experience. Just remember to wear some seriously warm clothes, gloves and ear muffs!
After we did the Ferris Wheel, we took the Mine ride. I really wanted to take one of the original roller coasters that I had taken in 1950, but I didn't know which ride that was - all I remembered was that it went inside at one point. It wasn't this one. I was a good ride to take in that it was starting to rain, and most of it was inside. It was mostly little boats on water, and some scary things popping out - there wasn't much of a roller coaster to it. It was a two ticket ride (40 DK)
From outside Tivoli you can see the top of this ride (photo 1 and 3) which is called the Spinning Top. People sit in swings, and the center starts to spin and the swings spin out to the side as the center that they are attached to goes up to the top of the tower, and then comes down again.
My granddaughter took several pictures of this ride from outside the park, so when we went in, she wanted to ride on it. This ride isn't the most expensive (it only takes two tickets) or the newest ride - that is call Vertigo and takes four tickets. Each single ticket is 20 DK.
Photos 2 and 4 are of the front entrance.
Like the big child I am, I had to go visit Tivoli gardens and ride the roller coasters! And I rode all 3 of them :) Because I wasn't interested in riding everything, I only paid the entrance and bought tickets for the attractions I wanted to ride. The one thing that disappointed me a little bit is that the roller coaster's ride called "the daemon" (Dæmonen) was like 30 seconds!!!! The ride had a lot of ups and downs and twists and turns but just as I was enjoying myself to the fullest, the ride had to stop :P
I also liked the scenery and the interesting buildings.
The park is located in what was originally Denmark's countryside, just outside the fortified walls of Copenhagen and along the city's moat (part of which was used to create a lake in Tivoli). But by the 1880's, Copenhagen had outgrown its own walls and Tivoli became part of the city.
The 160-plus-year-old park was created in 1843. The original, an amusement park, restaurant Mecca, and cultural hot spot all tied up together in one package is still here.
Its admirers call it as flower garden, but some critics suggesting that it's only a giant beer garden.
It is said that Walt Disney got the idea to build Disneyland, his first amusement park, after visiting Tivoli Gardens.
Even Michael Jackson tried to buy the entire complex but the Tivoli is not only an icon of history but also the virtual symbol of Denmark, and no Dane wants to see it go to foreigners.
Tivoli is magically Danish; it doesn't try to be Disney.
Beyond its storied history, there are many more relevant reasons for today's travelers to experience Tivoli -- Danes of all ages, from families with young kids to couples in love, also consider Tivoli a worthy hangout. By day and night it is a mellow place.
Admission DKK 85,-
IF you are in Copenhagen, a visit to the Tivoli Gardens is a MUST. Its situated in the centre of the city. There is a good combination of flower gardens, food pavilions and open air stage shows. There are also roller coaster rides.
This is what Copenhagen is most famous for (besides the Little mermaid of course) and I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't even go inside... I only walked pass it like a hundred times 'cause it was on the way to my hotel.
I just felt I didn't have enough time for it, as I was in CPH only for 2 days and I'm sure it would've taken a whole day to properly experience Tivoli. Also it was too expensive to go there only for an hour or so, the entrance fee being 85 DKK (~12 EUR). But now I have a good reason to come back! :)
Apart from certain joy/thrill rides, there is nothing much to see here in Tivoli, unless you want to have a nice dinner. There are lot of restaurants inside the Tivoli. Better to be visited during the night, atleast you can see the lights. Hope its too much to get inside the Tivoli only for visiting with out any rides!!!
Tivoli Gardens is one of those landmarks which typifies the charm of the old continent. It has enough thrilling rides to give aficianados their fix; enough games to steal even more Kroner in exchange for the chance of winning a poorly manufactured Teddy Bear but more importantly, Tivoli has a sense of history which seems lacking in the plastified Disney inspired parks.
Located in the middle of Copenhagen, Tivoli was founded in 1843 and was even a great source of inspiration for Walt Disney when he visited the park in 1950. During World War II, the Nazis bombed part of it to break the will of the Danes. It has also been a favourite park of the Danish royal family since its opening.
Tivoli is famous for its fairy-tale ambience and aside from rides, there is also a lot for those, like myself, who detest rollercoasters: gentle rides, dragon boats, landscaped gardens, a Chinese designed Pantomime theatre (built in 1874), open-air stage, aquarium, upmarket restaurants... It seems to wrap every thing up in a digestible parcel which can satisfy each individual taste.
But again, to me there is something special about this park. It seems to me that it was conceived as a way of transforming the visitor's present. When originally built, I would imagine that most of its visitors had little money to explore beyond their immediate surroundings of their city or region. However, saving up the extra pennies would allow a visitor entrance to a microcosm of fantasy and amusement. The eastern architecture in the gardens would have brought to life the classical stories of A Thousand and One Nights or the Adventures of Marco Polo and these stories themselves would have been a great source of fantasy and amusement. Fortunately, Tivoli has kept this sense of history, this sense of fantasy born in a former age, but has the capibility of charming the visitor today.
We arrived late in the afternoon, had dinner and waited for dusk to arrive. At that time, the park takes on another dimension. The fairy lights are lit and as the sky becomes darker, the park takes on more and more colour. It certainly worth being in the park at this time! Whether travelling alone, with a friend or partner, this is just such a lovely place to spend time in. Enjoy!
April - mid June: 11:00 - 23:00 Sun-Thurs;
mid-June - mid-Aug: 11:00 - 23:00 Mon-Wed, 11:00 - midnight Thurs-Fri and Sun, 11:00 - 0:30 Sat;
mid-Aug - Sep: 11:00 - 23:00 Sun-Thurs, 11:00 - 0:30 Fri, 11:00 - midnight Sat;
mid-Nov - Dec: 11:00 - 22:00 Sun-Thurs, 11:00 - 23:00 Fri and Sat;
adults 79 Kr; children 40 Kr; free for children under 2 yrs
a Copenhagen Card lets you in for free
In my previous tip on Tivoli I talked about the incredible atmosphere at Christmas due to the Christmas market stalls. There's something very satisfying about getting a hot chocolate or hot dog and standing around a container of hot coals to warm your bones. The attached pictures show some of the stalls and one of the aforementioned warming stations.
Tivoli maybe is one the most beautifal theme parks in the world ,so delicately furnished with precision to the point.
The mixture of odours and colors gives your brain a wild rainbow rush inside it as you feel the excitement of the games and the tranquility of the gardens.
You must and have to enter this piece of paradise if you visit copenhagen in the summer.
Visit this old amusement park which is right in the city center next to the main station. I think no other capitol city has something like that so central. Unfortunately it is closed in winter , so I couldn't visit at my last trip. Have to come back in summer to try the rollercoaster.....
Loved their poster on the walls.....(see pics)
It would be fair to say that the Tivoli amusement park rides aim more squarely at pre-teen children rather than any other groups. There are a few 'white knuckle rides' (see other tip) but they don't dominate.
I was quite surprised quite how many rides my three year old was allowed on, as long as he was accompanied by an adult. Such a refreshing change from the nanny state mentality that pervades elsewhere. He was allowed on all manner of rollercoasters, carousels and dodgems - we had a rip roaring time.
Of particular interest was the 'mountain railway' rollercoster. It claims to be the oldest operating wooden rollercoaster in the world. First opened in 1914 (and tranferred to Tivoli a year later) it still operates with a brakeman to slow the train down a bit in places. I'm sure it was state of the art in those days, but the value of the ride these days is more nostalgic rather than anything else - unless you are three.
'The mine' ride was a relaxing boat trip which featured a giant dragon inside the mine. After a bit the boat enters an area of total darkness - then you hear the dragon roar and a firey hot breath on the back of you neck - it frightened the bejesus out of my little one.
The Hans Christian Anderson ride was however the runaway winner - a delightful ride which snakes through a building showing many of Han's stories in a very shortened form accompanied by clacking armies of wooden figures. I couldn't get the sprong off this one - we must have gone on it five times !