Opened in 1843 in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is one of Europe’s most famous—and one of the world’s oldest operating—amusement parks, and served as a model for Disneyland in the United States. Tivoli offers a lively mix of attractions, gardens, and restaurants, and maintains a traditional feel and quaint charm.
Tivoli Gardens is a wildly popular seasonal theme park, with rides and attractions that appeal to adults and children alike. It is home to one of the world’s tallest chain carousels, the Himmelskibet, and several exciting roller coasters, including a popular wooden coaster called the Rutsjebanen. For incredible views over the park, ride the hot-air balloon Ferris wheel. Buy advance tickets online to save time standing in line, or purchase the Copenhagen Card, which includes admission to Tivoli and dozens of other Copenhagen sights. Alternatively book a tour that includes Tivoli skip-the-line entry and a scenic canal tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Park admission fee does not include ride tickets. While you can purchase ride tickets individually, a package with unlimited rides may be a better deal.
- Tivoli Gardens is very wheelchair and stroller friendly.
- Lockers are available to stash extra belongings during your visit.
How to Get There
Tivoli Gardens is located right next to Copenhagen Central Station, making it easily accessible by train from all over Denmark.
When to Get There
Tivoli Gardens is open seasonally between April and September, and opens specially for some occasions such as Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and a few weeks in February. Visiting over the holidays can be one of the most magical times to experience the theme park, with special performances, fireworks displays, and one of the best Christmas markets in Scandinavia. During the summer there are concerts on Friday evenings and fireworks on Saturdays.
Tivoli Gardens for Kids
Tivoli Gardens has several attractions that are great for kids, including marching and musical performances of the Tivoli Boys’ Guard. Many rides are kid-friendly too, such as the Minimorgana mini-bumper cars, the Flying Trunk ride that takes kids soaring over scenes from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, and the Little Dragon, an interactive carousel. Tivoli has family amenity rooms throughout the park, and there are numerous eateries with children’s menus nearby.