Walt Disney visited the Danish amusement park several times before he opened Disneyland in 1955, in order to take notes and create a similar atmosphere at his park. But way before then, it was in 1843 that Tivoli opened its doors for the first time and managed to impress its guests from the very first moment. In the first few years there was only a roller coaster (it’s still in the amusement park) that was offering a seven-second “thrill” ride to the guests, but the extraordinary gardens with the melodic music impressed the locals who kept coming back. The next year, many rides, events, restaurants and activities were added and today, Tivoli still holds a special place in Copenhageners’ hearts.
Tivoli Gardens is located just two minutes’ walk from Copenhagen Central Station, on Vesterbrogade 3. If you’re roaming around the city center, you can get the S-train from Nørreport Station (Lines A, B, C, E, H) or the bus 1A from Kongens Nytorv. Getting there by bike is also very easy, as it is approximately 2km — but keep in mind that in some parts cycling is not allowed. However, that shouldn’t be a problem as by taking the scenic route, you come across some of the nicest parts in the city.
Tivoli Gardens, Vesterbrogade 3, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 33 15 10 01
The famous amusement park is not open during the whole year. There aren’t many people willing to ride its high roller coasters when the temperature is below 0° Celsius and snow has covered almost every corner of the town. But luckily, the park is open over the summer period which starts at the beginning of April and lasts until the end of September. The park is also open approximately three weeks during Halloween and of course, over Christmas, when the place sparkles from the thousands of twinkling lights. The entrance fee for adults and children over eight years old is DKK120 (US$17) every day, except Fridays after 7pm when it is DKK160 (US$22.50). Every ride has a different price, unless you get the unlimited ride ticket that costs DKK230 (US$32).
It doesn’t come as a surprise that Tivoli Gardens inspired Hans Christian Andersen to write one of his fairytales, Nightingale. Take a stroll around this same park and enjoy the smell of hundreds of blossomed summer flowers and perennials at the Concert Halls Gardens, or relax with the view of the park’s fountains at The Pergola Gardens. To soak up some sun while grabbing a bite, head towards the Hanging Gardens. Even though it is just behind HC Andersens Boulevard, it feels like it is miles away from the city center. Young ones will be thrilled to discover that in the gardens there’s an area with 40 activities known as Petzi’s World.
For those who want to get an adrenaline rush, the 4G-force rides and speedy roller coasters will do the job. For a virtual reality ride, jump on the 50-mile-per-hour (80-kilometer-per-hour) roller coaster, The Demon, and reach up to 90 feet (28 meters) in height, while being followed by dragons. Catch a short glimpse of the town from the 63-meter-high Golden Tower before it rapidly takes you back to ground. Alternatively, get on Vertigo where 5G forces will turn you 360 degrees at 100 kilometers per hour. The list of Tivoli’s wild rides can go on and on, but you get the idea. For a mix of laughs and excitement just choose the ride that suits you best.
Tivoli Gardens also offers many more relaxed rides for the little ones and for those who don’t want to feel their stomach turn. Watch fairytale scenes as you never have before in the Flying Trunk or climb on the back of an elephant at The Classic Carousel. For a unique view of the city, without the fear of Golden Tower’s speed, take a ride on the Ferris Wheel. Young chauffeurs will love a ride with Vintage Cars — these really have the 1920s look.
Open seven days a week, Grøften, one of the oldest restaurants in Tivoli, serves sandwiches as well as local cuisine. Taste a typical smørrebrød or other Danish delicacies, with a view of Tivoli’s lakes at Færgekroens Bryghus. If you’re lucky enough — as it only happens some days in the week — a piano player will entertain you while you’re dining. For a quick bite between your rides, grab a tasty organic sausage covered in ketchup, mustard and the Danish remoulade at Hotdog Corner or a fresh green salad at I LOV IT FOOD. Finally, for a warm cup of coffee or a super chilled beer, Søcaféen is the place.
Grøften, Vesterbrogade 3, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, +45 33 75 06 75
FÆRGEKROENS BRYGHUS, Vesterbrogade, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, +45 33 75 06 80
I Lov It Food Aps, Vesterbrogade, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, +45 27 85 65 95
For a frozen cocktail, head to Nimb Bar, the elegant hotel bar with stylish decorations. High-class drinks and a deluxe brunch are served all year round. If you prefer a glass of first-class wine, Nimb Vinotek is your place. With more than 1000 wine labels, this spot will keep even the most demanding wine lover satisfied. With its staff dressed in Lederhosen or Heidi dresses and its long wooden tables, Biergarten adds a taste of Austria in Tivoli Gardens. Needless to say, you can indulge in beer in there. For more types of beer, make a stop at Ølgrotten which is situated in the heart of the old roller coaster mountain.
Nimb Bar, Bernstorffsgade 5, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 88 70 00 00
Nimb Vinotek, Bernstorffsgade 5, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 88 70 00 00
Biergarten, Bernstorffsgade 7, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 33 75 09 51
Ølgrotten, Vesterbrogade 3, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, +45 33 15 10 01
Once Tivoli opens its doors for the summer period, unique concerts with nationally and internationally renowned artists and orchestras, as well as ballet performances take place every week until the end of September. The Pantomime Theatre stages approximately 300 performances in various dance genres, such as classical, fairytale and pantomime. Prices start from approximately DKK200 (US$28) and can go up to DKK800 (US$113) depending on the show.