Tivoli Gardens (or just Tivoli) in Denmark's capital Copenhagen opened in 1853 and is the world's second oldest amusement park after Dyrehavs Bakken park. Tivoli is also Scandinavia's most-visited amusement park today.
Tivoli is an experience suitable for any age and any type of traveler. In the park, you'll find romantic gardens, amusement park rides, entertainment choices, and restaurants.
Rides & Entertainment: Tivoli Gardens boasts one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the world that is still in operation.
Called "Rutsjebanen", the wooden coaster was built in Malmö almost a hundred years ago - in 1914.
Other highlights among the many rides are a modern zero-G coaster, a flight simulator named Vertigo, and Himmelskibet, the world's tallest carousel.
Tivoli Gardens is also a popular event location in Copenhagen, especially the huge Tivoli Concert Hall. Other (usually free) entertainment choices are the Pantomime Theater, performances by the Tivoli Boys Guard and Fredagsrock each Friday in summer. Part of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival concerts take place in Tivoli as well.
Admission & Tickets: Keep in mind that admission to the park does not include any of the amusement park rides. This means you have the choice of simply enjoying the gardens or getting some thrills by purchasing ride tickets separately. Admission alone is quite cheap but depends on the time of the year and the age of the visitor.
Kids under 3 are always free, though.
Tivoli's ride tickets cost extra. Note that rides require 1-3 tickets each, but Tivoli also sells unlimited multi-ride passes which cost about 3 times as much as your individual park admission. Visiting Tivoli Gardens doesn't exactly make it onto our list of free things in Copenhagen but it's definitely worth the expense.
The summer season at Tivoli Gardens is from mid-April until late September. Then, the park is transformed for Halloween in Tivoli until late October, followed by the beautifully romantic Christmas market during Christmas in Tivoli which lasts until the end of the year. Tivoli remains closed on December 24, 25 and 31.
How to Get to Tivoli Gardens: With the park being so popular, many transportation options stop here, for example the CityCirkel bus. The address of the entrance of Tivoli Gardens is Vesterbrogade 3, København DK. There are lots of signs around Copenhagen leading you to the park.
Accommodations: Tivoli Gardens is actually a popular destination, so much so that the park also owns two hotels. Built in 1909 inside Tivoli Gardens, the five-star Nimb Hotel is a high-priced, but classy option. This hotel is also often used by couples getting married in or near Tivoli Gardens, as a honeymoon stay, so it has a little more romance to it than other more modern hotels in the center of Copenhagen. Need an alternative? No problem at all. Near the park there's also the Tivoli Hotel, a good alternative in a central location at Arni Magnussons Gade 2, with much more reasonable prices and therefore a better fit for groups or families.
Either way, it's a good idea to stay close to the park so you can visit during less busy times and enjoy everything that much more.
Fun Fact: Initially, the park of Tivoli Gardens was called "Tivoli & Vauxhall".