THE MAGICAL WORLD OF COPENHAGEN’S TIVOLI GARDENS
Located in the heart of the city of Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is much more than just an amusement park.
It is one of Denmark’s most visited attractions and the minute you step foot through the Tivoli entry arch, you understand why.
We visited Denmark this summer, and we were lucky to spend an amazing summer day in this oasis of amusements.
I felt that Tivoli was a fairytale land for the whole family.
I must confess that I am not a huge fan of roller coasters, but in Tivoli you are greeted with quaint pathways, family friendly rides, thousands of lights, Copenhagen’s largest collection of restaurants, games, musicals, ballet and major concerts.
The history of Tivoli Gardens is really interesting: Georg Carstensen was inspired by the parks and the gardens, he had visited abroad when he was first granted permission by the King to open Tivoli Gardens. On August 15, 1843 the garden gates were opened for the first time and the guests were awestruck by the elegant and exotic gardens. Among them was the one and only Hans Christian Andersen, who was inspired to write the fairy tale the Nightingale .
Being one of the oldest amusement parks in the world is perhaps what makes the atmosphere in the Tivoli Gardens truly unique for both kids and adults.
There are nearly 30 rides, and most of them are for the whole family. Each ride clearly marks the minimum age or height required.
Rides cost 1-3 ride-tickets and one ride-ticket costs 25 DKK. I would recommend that you purchase an “unlimited ride pass” that gives you free unlimited access to all the rides. It is very cost effective.
Prices for the entrance ticket vary from season to season and during the summer, kids under 7 have free entry.
Our trip to Denmark was quite focused on “Hans Christian Andersen” (stay tuned for my future post recommendation of the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense) so I particularly loved the Hans Christian Andersen’s wonderful Fairy-Tale World Ride.
The Flying Trunk is a 7 minute H.C. Andersen-inspired dark ride that was recently renovated. Your kids can feel part of many of his tales and meet The Emperor of China, The artificial Nightingale, the Princess and the Pea, The little Mermaid, the soldier….
During the summer, there are many activities that you can experience in Tivoli:
- The Pantomime Theater: There are free pantomime and ballet shows for the whole family.
- The open Air Stage: rock, dance and old classics with Tivoli’s Variety Orchestra. Also, you can hear the famous Tivoli youth Guard in Concert on Saturday at 14.30 hours .
- The Harmony Paviolion for world and folk music, jazz and Danish pop.
- The Tiovli Youth Guard march and play around the Gardens.
- The Tivoli Aquarium (Denmark’s longest salt-water aquarium)
- Fireworks: Saturdays at 23.45 hours from May to September.
- Tivoli Illumintations: spectacular lightshows accompanied by beautiful ambien music. Daily at 22.45 hours.
- The Tivoli Concert Hall: Tivoli Summer Classical presents 66 concerts from May to September.
There are more than 40 restaurants in Tivoli, so options are endless depending on your preferences and budget. We had lunch at Mazzolis Caffè & Trattoria and dinner in the family pirate boat restaurant “Pirateriet”.
The park is also really beautiful at night, and I imagine it must be really charming in Christmas and Halloween!
For more inspiration, you can also watch this video about Summer in Tivoli: