Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Tivoli Gardens

Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Tivoli Gardens

The entrance of Tivoli when it first opens.

The entrance of Tivoli when it first opens.

So you’re going to Copenhagen. I’m sure Tivoli Gardens is on your list of attractions to visit. But how do you begin to navigate your way through the historic amusement park? What if you’re not huge on roller coasters, is it still worth the visit? What about tickets? Expenses? Tivoli… what’s the deal? Fear not! I’m here to tell prepare you with everything you need to know before your visit to Tivoli Gardens!

A shot of the Vintage Car ride at Tivoli. An old favourite!

A shot of the Vintage Car ride at Tivoli. An old favourite!

A BRIEF HISTORY ON TIVOLI GARDENS

Tivoli Gardens first opened their doors in 1843. Although it isn’t the world’s oldest operating amusement park, it is actually the second! The amusement park got its name from the Jardin de Tivoli in Paris. In Scandinavia, the word ‘Tivoli’ has become synonymous with any amusement park. If you didn’t already know, Tivoli was also the inspiration for Walt Disney’s ‘Disneyland’. And like Disneyland, Tivoli is constantly evolving while still maintaining an old world charm and magic.

* The world’s oldest operating amusement park is Bakken, Klampenborg. Also located in Denmark (just north of Copenhagen.

A map of Tivoli!

A map of Tivoli!

BUYING TICKETS TO TIVOLI

Let’s face it, buying tickets to large attractions can be stressful, which is why I’m here to give you the run down. Tivoli does things a little differently than Disneyland. Your entrance ticket is just for your entry. It doesn’t cover your tickets for rides. I definitely wasn’t use to this system but I have to admit, I actually really prefer it! Here are your options:

Entrance and Unlimited Ride Tickets

I recommend this if your mission is to ride as many rides as you possibly can!

  • Monday - Friday visit 383 DKK/$59 USD (This is a special 10% off online offer price)

  • Weekend visit 391 DKK/$60 USD (Also online price)

  • Best Offer Entrance and Unlimited Ride ticket for any day in the 2019 Tivoli season - this includes unlimited ride photos, VR in the demon, and more! 405 DKK/$62 USD

Entrance only Ticket

My preferred ticket of choice: Tivoli has stations where you can buy tickets for each ride. Keep in mind that the price per ride depends on the type of ride! You can also get these tickets at the entrance. Children under 3 years old get in for free.

Weekday Tickets

  • 8 years old + Entrance only ticket 130 DKK/$20 USD - not valid for entrance after 7pm on Fridays

  • Children Entrance only ticket (3 - 7 years old) 60 DKK/$10 USD - not valid for entrance after 7pm on Fridays.

Weekend Tickets

  • 8 years old + Entrance only ticket 140 DKK/$22 USD

  • Children Entrance only ticket (3 - 7 years old) 60 DKK/$10 USD - not valid for entrance after 7pm on Fridays.

2 Day Tickets

  • 8 years old + Entrance only ticket for 2 consecutive days 200 DKK/$30 USD

  • Children Entrance only ticket (3 - 7 years old_ for 2 consecutive days 70 DKK/$12 USD

The Grand Prix at Tivoli.

The Grand Prix at Tivoli.

Ride Tickets and How it Works

Skip this section if you’ve opted for the unlimited rides + entry ticket.

Rides at Tivoli gardens operate on a ticketing system. The bigger and wilder the ride, the more ticket it involves. You purchase 1 ride ticket for 30 DKK/$5 USD. Certain rides requires 2 tickets to ride (so 60 DKK/$10 USD), and the bigger rides requires 3 tickets (90 DKK/$14 USD). Catch my drift?

Personally, I rode one ride that requires 2 tickets ($10USD) and did a weekday entrance ticket ($20). So my whole visit cost me $30. I wasn’t going to ride a lot of rides because I didn’t get any sleep the night before and I just wanted to take in the sights of the park!

Ride I recommend:

Simply called The Roller Coaster. It is one of the world’s oldest, and still operating, wooden roller coaster. Built in 1914, it is one of Tivoli’s most popular rides. If you were going to get on just one ride, I highly recommend this one!

PS: You can also purchase a photo taken on this ride for 60 DKK/$10 USD

The Pantomime Peacock theater at Tivoli Gardens is the park’s oldest building.

The Pantomime Peacock theater at Tivoli Gardens is the park’s oldest building.

Venues

The really spectacular thing about Tivoli are their performance venues. With 6 separate venues ranging from indoor and outdoor, you can be sure that there’s always an interesting performance taking place. Although all of them are incredibly interesting and worth checking out, do not miss the Pantomime Theatre, where they put on ballet and dance performances as well as children’s theatre!

Check out what’s playing at each venue here!

Enjoying our smørrebrød for dinner at Tivoli Gardens.

Enjoying our smørrebrød for dinner at Tivoli Gardens.

Food

There are lots of food places and vendors around Tivoli, so don’t worry! From ice cream to popcorn, food in Tivoli tends to be catered towards your wildest childhood fantasies. So grab and oversized lollipop and stroll around the park!

If you’re looking for something more substantial, Tivoli has a few sit down restaurant options. There’s a Wagamama that shares a street entrance, a food court, and really, you just won’t go hungry. It’s impossible.

For more suggestions on what to eat, check out my post on the ultimate Food Tour of Copenhagen!

A rousing game of Galoppen is in order!

A rousing game of Galoppen is in order!

Carnival Games

Oh boy, the carnival games are my favourite part of Tivoli! You pay for them in cash and not tickets, but I definitely spent way too much on a single game: Galoppen. Galoppen is a mechanical horse racing game where you throw these tiny balls into holes on the board. Get your ball in a higher ranking hole and your horse moves several paces ahead. Get ready to get competitive, because it’s about to go down.

A store at Tivoli Gardens.

A store at Tivoli Gardens.

Overall

What you do from here is all up to you! I’ve equipped you with all the logistics of visiting Tivoli, now it’s your job to have fun. Tivoli is truly magical. Dare I say, I actually prefer it to Disneyland. Why? Because it’s simple. It doesn’t try too hard. It’s the perfect place to be on a hot summer’s evening or a cold December’s day. It embodies that elusive feeling of hygge.

The archways to Tivoli at night.

The archways to Tivoli at night.

It’s the Hygge things

It’s true what they say, that hygge could not be explained, it has to be felt. I even wrote a post all about those feelings which you can read here. Although I can’t claim to know that feeling as well as the Danes, I know I felt it on that sweltering summer evening in Tivoli gardens.

Till next time

xx

Clare

 

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La Vie de Clare is a travel blog for the 20-something year old dreamer. Clare writes about travel tips, destination guides, and stories about life around the world. She also shares her journey from 9-5 to digital nomad.

 
 

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