Online guide to visiting Tivoli Gardens theme park in Copenhagen

A historic Danish amusement park


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Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København, Denmark

GPS: 55.674942213159, 12.571078414188

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Tivoli Gardens are located in the heart of Copenhagen, between the town hall and the main train station of Denmark’s capital (Copenhagen Central Station). Imagined in 1843 by Georg Carstensen, officer in the Danish army, it is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. It was the King of Denmark, Christian VIII (1786-1848), who granted a five-year licence to its founder to establish a theme park on the edge of the city of Copenhagen with the idea of diverting its inhabitants from politics.

The architecture of Tivoli Gardens is inspired by the Italian city of the province of Rome, Tivoli, for its ancient villas and water gardens, considered as masterpieces of the Renaissance. Although it is only open during the Danish summer seasons (April-September), the Christmas period and at the time of Halloween, this leisure area stands out as the most popular theme park in the whole of Scandinavia. It combines attractions and rides with artistic and cultural shows that are appreciated by residents as much as by international visitors. A veritable city in the city in Wonderland, Tivoli Gardens welcome more than 4 million people into a magical atmosphere per year. Each park season (Easter, summer period, Halloween, Christmas and winter cycle) offers its share of experiences through a different program of shows or activities.

The Tivoli Gardens leisure park offers around thirty attractions and entertaining shows for the entire family: the oldest wooden roller coaster (Rutschebanen) established in 1914, one of the largest carousels on the planet and an impressive merry-go-round erected more than 80 metres high (Himmelskibet), one of the highest in the world. The latter offers a fantastic view of the capital of the Kingdom of Denmark. At nightfall, Tivoli Gardens become part of a romantic atmosphere with its exotic architecture, its historic buildings and its lush gardens very well-developed. Illuminations, animations and attractions make the visit experience even more exhilarating for its visitors.

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  • The park location in the city centre of Copenhagen
  • The range of attractions and rides for all ages; the magical and nostalgic atmosphere inside the place
  • The Star Flyer ride (or Himmelskibet) offering a dishevelling experience at 80 meters in height; the stunning attraction Vertigo considered one of the best in Europe; the Roller Coaster (Rutschebanen) leaving an air of nostalgia (one of the few roller coasters in the world to still be piloted by a train manager on board)
  • Outdoor concerts and events organized every day; the many disguised characters leaving a festive air hovering
  • The Pantomime Theatre and its Chinese style and The H.C. Andersen castle (the Fairy tale House)
  • The dazzling illumination of the park after dark; guard displays in traditional uniforms
  • The water bodies, gardens and profusion of flowers
  • The Christmas market and its enchanting family atmosphere (multicoloured lighting, deluge of decorations, food stands, light shows, musical brass band hosted by young Danes…)
  • The wide variety of shops, restaurants and bars; the new Tivoli Hjørnet restaurant area (the building was imagined by the same architectural firm that designed the Louvre pyramid in Paris)
  • Despite its certain age (the leisure park celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2018), Tivoli Gardens are not the oldest theme park in the country. It is largely supplanted in time by Bakken (or Dyrehavsbakken), a dozen kilometres north of Copenhagen, in Klampenborg. Inaugurated in 1583, Bakken proudly bears the title of the oldest amusement park in the world still in operation.
  • A cultural institution of the country, Tivoli Gardens have an older existence than the first constitution of Denmark dated 1849 (establishing a constitutional monarchy by ending absolutism).
  • The Disneyland parks founder, Walt Disney, is said to have visited Tivoli Gardens in the early 1950s to learn from its decor, architecture, atmosphere, rides and attractions.
  • More than 1,000 Christmas trees are installed in Tivoli Gardens for the end of year celebrations. They are dominated by a main fir 10 meters high decorated with thousands of sparkling crystals (conceived by the Swarovski company) whose value is estimated at 150,000 US dollars.
  • In the coming years, the park is expected to host a new 18-floor hotel that will take the form of a green pagoda. It will be named after the Danish storyteller and poet Hans Christian Andersen. This architectural project provides for a renovation of The H.C. Andersen castle opened in 1893 (acquired by Tivoli Gardens in 1978) as well as better pedestrian and cycling traffic at the entrance to the park.
  • Privilege the Halloween festive or Christmas fairy period to visit Tivoli Gardens as a family in a magnificent natural setting with a Danish tradition.
  • Entrance to the park, access to the gardens and numerous shops is chargeable and several options exist to take advantage of attractions (individual or package prices).
  • The Copenhagen Card gives you free entry to Tivoli Gardens and over 80 attractions, places to visit and museums in Copenhagen. Valid for 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours, it includes free access to public transport in the entire Danish capital region (each adult on the card can be accompanied by two children aged 0-9 years).
  • A mobile app allows you to know precisely all the events programmed on site.
  • The Rasmus Klumps World concentrates most activities for children (it takes its name from a Danish comic book created in 1951).
  • Unlike the vast majority of world amusement parks where industrial food is predominant, the quality of food served in Tivoli Gardens should be emphasized.

Where to eat

  • Andersen Bakery
    (Danish breakfast)
  • Reffen
    (the temple of street cuisine)
  • Tight
    (trendy and original)

Where to go

  • Nyhavn
    (animated and colored canal)
  • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    (sparkling collections)
  • Rosenborg Castle
    (Danish crown jewels)

Where to stay

  • Copenhagen Backpackers
    (ideal for backpackers)
  • Copenhagen International B&B
    (family rooms)
  • Andersen Boutique Hotel
    (modern and central)