Tivoli, Copenhagen

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Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 K�¸benhavn V 33 15 10 01

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    I Lov it - Children's rides

    by sourbugger Written Jan 18, 2008

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    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 !

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    I Lov it - at Christmas

    by sourbugger Written Jan 16, 2008

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    The Tivoli opens it's doors during December and into the Christmas period. This is somewhat unusual for a theme park in more Northern climes, but it still does brisk business.

    It can get a little cold when using some of the rides, but at ground level the sheltered site and several open air braziers help to keep whole thing bearable.

    The park puts on a 'winterland' attraction (which I must admit was a little disappointing) but does employ a rather excellent Santa (Ok Ok, yes it is the real one) who sits in his rather grand sleigh on one of the stages. He had one mighty fine impressive beard. My three-year-old was totally convinced and in awe, although his detailed questioning of Reindeer feeding habits did stretch Santa's english to it's limits.

    In addition to all the rides that remain open for the winter season, there is also a Christmas market in the park which operates in pretty much the way the more famous Christmas markets in Germany do. An impressive selection of appropraite Yuletide gear was for sale - if that's your sort of thing.

    With short queues and a festive spirit, I would certainly recommend a visit during December.

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    I Lov it 2

    by sourbugger Written Jan 15, 2008

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    The Tivoli park hasa number of rides packed into it's few acres, although only three of them (at present) could be regarded at true 'White Knuckle rides'. There is more than enough to do for younger children, but thrill-seeking teenagers will become fairly quickly bored here.

    Anyway to the three rides :

    Visible from many parts of the city is the top of the tallest swinging chair ride in the world. Riders sit on little chairs held to the top of the central pole on what are basically a couple of toilet pull-chains. The dreaded thing begins whirring around and then rising high into the sky. If you can put to one side how far it is to the ground then the view over central Copenhagen is breath-taking.

    Another ride is a straight 'drop tower'. It holds you at some riduculous height for ten seconds before plummeting earthwoods. It delivers a thrill that must be similar to a bungee jump.

    Finally, the new rollercoaster is a beauty. Constructed in minute space for such a ride the 'hanging' steel coaster delivers a big punch over it's short track. Similar in design to the 'Nemisis' ride at Alton towers (UK) it is unashamedly modern. My only criticism is that, like the best things in life, it is over all to soon. Still, you can always go around again !

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    I Lov it (read it backwards)

    by sourbugger Written Jan 14, 2008

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    Tivoli theme amusement park

    The Tivioli amusement park is often referred to as the oldest, still operating, amusement prk in the world. Others suggest that another Danish amusement park beats it. Either way, the Tivoli is somewhat unusual in the world of Theme parks.

    Firstly, it is situated bang in the middle of town (although it was outside the city when it first opened) opposite the central station. As such it has no car parking facilities but is well served by public transport.

    Secondly, it has a rather unusual business plan. Many of the people at play in the park are locals who buy a 'season pass'. They may buy a spass just to enter the grounds or one that includes the rides.

    Thirdly, you pay seperately for entrance to the park and for the rides. Rides can be paid for with tokens or a 'ride everything' wristband.

    Fourthly, the park includes a couple of theatres and many restaurants. Most theme parks serve up fast-food rubbish in abundance, but the Tivoli enjoys modern trendy places and upmarket joints.

    Finally, the park contains a number of rather quaint old-fashioned rides that would have been ripped out years ago in other parks.

    The rides themselves will be dealt in other tips, but just for the moment look at the name of the place - I certainly concur. Backwards.

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    Tivoli Gardens

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Sep 16, 2007

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    I spent an afternoon at Tivoli Gardens during a visit to Copenhagen in August 2007.

    Tivoli Gardens is ideally located, right opposite the city's central train station and is undoubtedly a very popular attraction with tourists and locals alike.

    To be honest, I was a little disappointed with Tivoli Gardens. I suppose I expected more for the entrance fee of 79Kr (approx. 8 GBP). The entrance fee includes just that - entrance to the site. All rides and attractions have to be paid for separately once inside the park.

    There are lots of rides and attractions to choose from, many of which are aimed at children. These include:

    - rollercoasters
    - a ferris wheel
    - a boating lake
    - bumper cars
    - carousels
    - an aquarium
    - arcade games

    There is also a concert hall, a music pavilion, an open air stage, a pantomime theatre and a theatre hall.

    At night, on certain days of the week, there are fireworks and illumination displays.

    There are ice cream kiosks, popcorn vendors and a handful of souvenir and gift shops.

    However, on a warm Sunday afternoon, there was nothing that really grabbed my attention. I walked around a nice lake (which features a restaurant located on a large ship), I wandered through pretty gardens, bought fast food in a small Chinatown area of the park and browsed the various restaurants offering all manner of international food, while watching rollercoasters hurtle past overhead.

    I just didn't find anything that excited me. It's a great place if you've got kids, but if you're a 20-something male, your money would perhaps be better spent visiting the Carlsberg brewery. Twice!

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    Tivoli

    by angiebabe Updated Jun 21, 2007

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    Tivoli, a century-old amusement park right in the centre of town is open through the summer from April to September from 11am to 11pm.

    with all the attractions of a funpark, that reputedly inspired Walt Disney with his parks, theme and lakeside gardens and pavilions, stage shows, amusement rides, restaurants or stalls providing a wide range of all sorts of things to eat this colourful place with loads of character is bound to keep any age busy for at least a couple of hours or the whole day!

    All sorts of events are held during the summer season such concerts and festivals, daily except Monday pantomimes and fireworks.

    Then theres the special Christmas themed opening from mid November til 30th December with the same hours 11am to 11pm except the first 3 Fridays in December when its open until midnight.

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    Tivoli

    by angiebabe Written Jun 21, 2007

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    Right in the centre of Copenhagen is the Tivoli amusement park - reputedly having an influence on Walt Disney - which has been running for the past 1oo years or so with fun park amusement rides, food pavilions, stage shows, gardens all with a variety of fun themes to enthuse visitors of all ages.

    It opens for the summer from April to September then reopens mid November til 30 December for its Christmas festivities.

    I had been past it several times with the parks boundaries being major roads around the city centre but not in to it.... so ive returned for a do it before you die winter visit.
    Looking at pictures of Tivoli in summer it certainly looks like theres lot of character provided to keep children and camera wielding adults interested.

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    TIVOLI - "I LOV' IT"

    by ginte Updated Jun 21, 2007

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    Tivoli decorations before Christmas

    When you spell Tivoli backwards it reads, with only one tiny flaw, "I love it". It is probably the best brief description of this world-famous garden and amusement park.

    19 April - 22 September
    and
    18 November - 23 December

    And don't forget to visit TIVOLI on Christmas period. This is something amazing there then...

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    Locals call it “the garden”

    by QuDee Written Apr 16, 2007

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    Tivoli was founded in 1943 by Georg Carstensen as an amusement park for the Copenhagen bourgeoisie. It was to be an alternative to the Bakken (near Klampenborg). Tivoli would put an emphasis on the aesthetically pleasant. Lovely garden areas, structures and light inspired by Chinese and Asian, as well as the proper music, played at little pavilions throughout the garden. The general idea is still there. The Chinese Tower, the music pavilions, and thousands of flowers. Everything is expensive, and they definitely try to wring all the money out of you, they possibly can – f.ex. you can’t bring any kind of food or drink into the garden. If you love rides or travel with kids, get the tour-pass. The garden is open from 10:00 to midnight, April to September, as well as October, and from November to December; (check www.tivoli.dk for exact dates).
    Spectacular fireworks every Saturday night at, as well as selected nights (f.ex. june 23rd, and closing night). Always at 11.45pm. – some of it can of course be seen from outside Tivoli.

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    Tivoli from the Outside

    by freddie18 Updated Apr 1, 2007

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    A 'must see' in this beautiful city. This is the Disneyland of Copenhagen. An amusement park in its own right. Tivoli is the most popular destination in Copenhagen that you should not miss.

    Enjoy the rides full of fun and entertainment for all ages.

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    Tivoli Gardens at Night is Nothing Short of Wow!

    by RawdgerDodger Updated Jan 29, 2007

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    Tivoli Gardens is a wonderful garden to walk through during the day but at night it is nothing short of spectacular! Imagine an entire garden lit up like a Christmas tree and you will have a good picture of Tivoli Gardens at night. In the middle of Tivoli Gardens is a good sized roller coaster called The Daemon. There is also a wine tasting booth, cheese tasting booth, jam tasting booth, as well as other regional delights available to taste and buy inside of this amazing garden. A few restaurants serving local delicasies are also available. Music by local orchestras and musicians can be easily found and if drama happens to be up your alley, Tivoli Gardens just happens to have a nice mime drama skit playing at an outdor theatre. Perhaps best of all is the location of this fun park. It is located smack in the middle of Copenhagen so there is no problem in finding it. If you find yourself in Copenhagen, going to Tivoli Gardens is a must!

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Nov 8, 2006

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    The most popular park of entertainments Tivoli is stretched on the opposite side of H.C.Andersens Boulevard. Its intricate turrets appreciable from apart, for a long time became one of symbols of the city. The park and a palace are constructed on the sample of the Parisian park in 1840.

    Unfortunately we had not enough time to get acquainted with the park. We hope necessarily to visit there in following visit.

    Vesterbrogade 3. April-September Monday-Thursday 10.00-24.00. Friday-Sunday 10.00-1.00.

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    Quite amusing

    by grantesmith Written Sep 27, 2006

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    In September 2004, we spent two days in Copenhagen before embarking on a cruise in the Baltic.
    Copenhagen was a fascinating city, although there was a lot of litter. A friend who was there a year later commented on the litter also. After tramping around town during the day, we decided to try Tivoli in the evening. We also had dinner there. It was quite an amazing amusement park. One I would love to bring my grandkids to. Actually, there were a couple of rides I would like to try. NOT THE ROLLER COASTER. It was a very pleasant, enjoyable evening.

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    by Mariajoy Written Aug 28, 2006

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    Tivoli amusement park lies directly in the centre of Copenhagen. We didn't visit but it is a famous tourist attraction full of fairground rides, gardens, petting zoo, museum and wax works. See the website for more details.

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    tivoli gardens

    by doug48 Written Aug 6, 2006

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    tivoli first opened in 1843 as an amusement park for the people of copenhagen. the park offers a number of restaurants and turn of the century amusement rides. if you are expecting "disney world" you will be dissapointed, but it is a nice place to take children when visiting copenhagen.

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