Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen (must see)

Located in central Copenhagen, and very close to the train station for those traveling into town, Tivoli is the original inspiration for Walt Disney World – and it shows. The lovingly tended grounds and gardens are picturesque and the rides are both kid- and adult-friendly – a wonderland of rides, games, restaurants, marching bands, funny mirrors and roulette wheels. Tickets are both "pay as you go" and a "pay once for all" type fee, which is affordable for every budget and worth it just to see Danes – young and old – at play. In the summer months they have firework shows every Saturday at 23:45 (11:45pm) and if you don't want to stay all day, just have your hand stamped so you can re-enter at a later time.

Tivoli is actually the second oldest, still operating, amusement park in the world; second only to another park also in Denmark. The wooden roller coaster, Rutschebanen (or as some people call it, Bjergbanen – "The Mountain Coaster"), built in 1914, is one of the oldest of its kind still operating in the world: an operator actually controls the ride by braking so that it does not gain too much speed while descending the hills! Another roller coaster, The Demon (Dæmonen), features an Immelmann loop, a vertical loop, and a zero-G roll all during the ride time of just one minute and forty six seconds. A well-known swing ride, The Star Flyer, opened in 2006, offers panoramic views of the city from a 80-metre (260 ft) elevation.

Apart from these exciting rides and a few thrilling towers, Tivoli is a venue for performing arts, counting among the major cultural hubs in Copenhagen. So even if you are not interested in the rides, there is plenty of space just to walk around, admire the prodigious flowers and large fountains, catch a free concert, or try a wide range of different foods: Mexican, Asian, Sushi, Italian, French, Danish, sandwiches/burgers, etc.

Why You Should Visit:
Supposedly this was the template that inspired Walt Disney to create his theme parks!
Fun to walk around in even if you don't go on any rides – a lovely way to spend time with friends.

Tip:
Great to come a bit before sunset so you can see the place both in daylight and illuminated in the evening.
You can also take your own food and drink in a bag – they don't check them (and it's rather expensive inside).

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11am–11pm; Fri,Sat: 11am–12am (Apr 4 – Sep 22 / Oct 11 – Nov 3 / Nov 16 – Jan 5)

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Sight Name: Tivoli Gardens
Sight Location: Copenhagen, Denmark (See walking tours in Copenhagen)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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