Copenhagen‘s famous Tivoli Gardens are a must-see on any itinerary, at any time of the year. There’s a history and charm to Tivoli Gardens that really is unique, not only because it’s one of the oldest theme parks in the world but because it’s also so much more than just rides.
What makes Tivoli Gardens so great is that it really does have something for everyone. There’s beautiful scenery, historic buildings and manicured gardens to enjoy alongside the traditional fair ground. In the summer, Tivoli is the perfect family destination. You can try the rollercoasters, the dare devil rides, the classic carousel, or just try as much ice-cream as possible.
In the colder months, Tivoli transforms into a magical winter wonderland in the lead up to Christmas. The park fills with Christmas markets and ice-sculptures to uncover and explore. Another bonus? Tivoli is incredibly easy to visit and the best part is that it doesn’t have all those queues that other theme parks are notorious for.
So if you want to visit Tivoli Gardens during your stay in Copenhagen, here’s everything you need to know to make the most of your day at Copenhagen’s best family attraction.
Prepare your visit to Tivoli Gardens
When to visit Tivoli Gardens
There are three main open seasons during which you can visit – Summer, Halloween and Christmas. The dates can vary slightly year-on-year so it’s important to check their website first to ensure they’re open – https://www.tivoligardens.com/en/praktisk/aabningstider
How long is needed to visit Tivoli Gardens
Ideally you should reserve a whole day to enjoy Tivoli Gardens. Between all the rides, the sights, the food stops and the relaxation in between, the day will fly by quickly! Don’t worry, there are plenty of restaurant and food choices on-site to refuel throughout the day. Keep in mind that if you want to leave Tivoli and return later that same day, you’ll have to pay an extra 25 DKK per person (for those over 8 years old).
What should I wear to visit Tivoli Gardens
No matter the time of year, carry extra layers with you during your visit to Tivoli as the temperates can drop fairly quickly, especially in the evenings. During the winter months, dress the family extra warm with coats and gloves. You’ll also find plenty of lockers to hire on-site in case you want to pack a few extra bits and not carry them around all day.
What is there to see in Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens Entrance
If you want to get the best first impression and see the park in all its glory, be sure the enter Tivoli Gardens from the main entrance on Vesterbrogade, rather than the Central Station entrance on Bernstorffsgade. Upon entering, you’ll have a few options for tickets. If you’re not planning on going on many rides you can simply pay for entrance (120 DKK) and buy tokens for each ride. Tokens cost 30 DKK each and you’ll need 1-3 tokens per ride. If you want to enjoy as many rides as possible, you can buy an unlimited ride ticket instead of tokens, which costs 230 DKK. Children under the age of one ride for free.
Food, glorious food
Tivoli Gardens has over 43 restaurants and food stalls on offer so you’re guaranteed to find something to suit your taste. The many restaurants cover everything from traditional Danish cuisine to French bistro food, fish and chips shops to sushi and noodle bars. There’s even a juice bar, a wine bar and a beergarden to enjoy. During Christmas, you’ll also have plenty of festive delicacies to choose from at the many stalls!
All the rides!
Tivoli is one of the world’s oldest theme parks so it’s only fitting that it also has one of the world’s oldest rollercoasters. The wooden rollercoaster was built in 1914! There are also plenty of other rides for every age. The little ones will love the Little dragon, the Minimorgana bumper cars and the hot air balloon ferris wheel. Meanwhile, adrenalin junkies will jump at the chance to experience the Golden Tower, the Monsoon and Vertigo.