Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Copenhagen Region, Denmark 

Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen is a must for all visitors to the city, young and old. Tivoli is located just a few minutes walk from City Hall, and with the Copenhagen Central Station as its nearest neighbour it is very easy to get to.

Tivoli Gardens was founded in 1843 and has become a national treasure and an international attraction. Fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen visited many times, as did Walt Disney and many other celebrities, who all fell in love with the gardens.

Part of Tivoli Gardens’ secret is that there is something for everyone. The scenery is beautiful with exotic architecture, historic buildings and lush gardens. At night, thousands of coloured lights create a fairy tale atmosphere that is completely unique.

Magical and nostalgic rides

The rides are all designed to match Tivoli’s architecture and gardens. Some rides are wonderfully nostalgic. Others will match the expectations of the keenest thrill seekers, e.g. the Vertigo which will turn you upside down at 100 km/h and was voted Europe’s Best Ride in 2014.

Tivoli’s oldest and most popular ride, the wooden Roller Coaster from 1914, is one of only seven roller coasters worldwide which have a brakeman on board every train.

In 2017, Tivoli got a new, digital dimension – a virtual reality experience in The Demon, where the rollercoaster passengers are brought on a journey through a Chinese universe with fire-spitting dragons and exploding fireworks.

Dining in Tivoli Gardens

When it comes to food, Tivoli is equally diverse. Lots of people will bring a picnics to the garden, but you can also choose from Tivoli’s broad selection of restaurants. You’ll find everything from traditional Danish cuisine to French bistro or Asian food, including a new restaurant from Michelin-rewarded chef, Henrik Yde, who in i 2017 opened Kiin Kiin Piin To in the Chinese Tower.

Classy Nimb and Nimb Hotel are situated in Tivoli Gardens and in restaurant Fru Nimb (Mrs Nimb), you can get traditional Danish smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches). A new addition to the Nimb universe is restaurant Gemyse, an urban garden restaurant that focuses on dishes with quality vegetables and ecology. Another newcomer from Nimb is Cakenhagen that serves coffee, cakes and champagne.

Friday Rock and world-class classical music

The music program in Tivoli has exciting events to offer every year no matter your age or genre preferences. Besides from major events such as Friday Rock and Summer Classical, there’s live music in Tivoli every single day. In 2017, Friday Rock got a little brother, strikingly named Little Friday. Every Thursday, Little Friday will present upcoming Danish artists from both popular and more niche-specific genres.

Tivoli’s Summer Classical offers superb classical music, including concerts with Tivoli’s own symphony orchestra, Tivoli Copenhagen Phil. They’ll serve up everything from James Bond music to Mozart and operetta. The music programs also include big, international artist such as Igor Levit, Yuja Wang, Lawrence Brownlee and the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra.

On top of this, there’s Mundo Monday with music from all corners of the world, Tuesday Tunes with Danish songs and evergreens as well as Jazzy Wednesday. Saturday nights are reserved for swinging sounds from Tivoli’s Big Band and Tivoli Late Night Orchestra.

Epic Denmark Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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