The park 20-acre opened back in 1843 and has some classic rides like the 1914-vintage wooden Rutschebanen, Odin Express the world’s tallest carousel, the Himmelskibet combined beautiful gardens. There’s a lake, many fountains, an Arabian-style fantasy palace, 80,000 flowerbeds (for tulips and red geraniums; chestnut, elms and even Japanese cherry trees) stage for events and concerts.
As we discovered in our June 2013 visit people flock from everywhere in Scandinavia to the park just to relax and chill out (entrance and unlimited wristbands are sold separate) and the park stays open until midnight during summer season at weekends for live music events (Sting in scheduled for Summer 2013). These combined reasons make Tivoli Gardens the most visited theme park in Scandinavia and the fourth most visited in Europe, only behind Disneyland Paris, Europa-Park and the Efteling.
There are several stories and myths about Tivoli. According to some Walt Disney get his inspiration to build Disneyland on a visit to Tivoli. Others say that Michael Jackson, after a visit to Copenhagen tried to buy the entire complex but was turned down. The best way to describe the park is by far a quote from its creator Georg Carstensen when he approached King Christian VIII to ask for permission to built the park. He topped off his proposal by mentioning that “when the people are amusing themselves, they do not think about politics.”
Although for me the where the old rides that delivered nostalgia, the park has now some new experiences for the thrill seekers like the inverted rollercoaster Deamon (see picture) or The Star Flyer (the second most tall of his genera in the world with 80 m (260 ft) that dominates Copenhagen skies given us a full view of the city and a chill because it rotates at 70 kms an hour). There are also a couple of dark rides (one is inspired by the works of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, a fun house, and a parade of the red-uniformed Tivoli Boys Guard takes place two times a week.
In 2016 after a few minor step backs the park opened a new ride called Fatamorgana a 45 meter tall tower 3-1 bumper cars ride. The 5-years-olds can enjoy a mini version at the ground level, and on the next level a combi-ride have a wild and a less wild version (by wild we mean to be propelled to 2,5 G-forcce).
The park is open April through September, but opens again for Christmas mid-November through December. The tickets are a bit pricey 15€ (17 USD) to enter the park and 30€ (35USD) for the multi-ride ticket, but in our view the park charm makes it worth. There are also several food stands and restaurants and a free refill for drinks.
WE enjoyed every moment in this charming park and ride the old school coasters several times in a row. Definitely a time to remember…
By Carlos Canaes and Ana Alegria. Updated: 18/9/2016
Location: Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København, Copenhagen
Tickets: Entry DKK 110 (weekdays DKK 120 weekends. All Inclusive, adult 8 years old + DKK 520. All Inclusive, children 0-7 years DKK 345
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