This post was updated on October 19th, 2018
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Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park in Copenhagen, Denmark. It opened by Georg Carstensen in 1847. This makes it the second oldest amusement park in the world. Funny enough the world’s oldest amusement park is also in Denmark. When I decided to take a quick trip to Copenhagen the one thing I wanted to do was to check out Tivoli Gardens for myself. When I was there, they had a Christmas Market and were all decked out for the holiday season.
I got to Copenhagen in the late afternoon, and it wasn’t very long before the sun started setting. I wanted to visit Tivoli Gardens at night to see it all decked out in holidays lights. The amusement park until 11 pm (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays). This makes it a great place to check out in the evening. While there were lots of people about I found it wasn’t too crowded.
I didn’t go on any rides. I was happy to wander around and take photos. While it was cold, there were several gas fire pit heaters to stand by and warm up at. Outside one restaurant they had actual fire pits and chairs to sit. You could roast marshmallows (for a fee), but I was happy to sit by the fire and warm up. I was there for several minutes when I realized that my jacket would smell like a fire pit for the next few days. Oh well. #worthit
One thing I didn’t do was see one of the theatres. There are a few different theatres around Tivoli Gardens that have both paid and free shows. The little fountain and light show was one of the free shows. There are also free concerts during the day, but I got there too late for those. I was there the night before the musical Elf was opening up, which would have been fun to see. Of course, it’s worth noting that most of the theatre shows will be in Danish.
Christmas at Tivoli Gardens, as cheesy as it sounds, felt magical. Maybe it was the fake snow, the Christmas Market, the glogg, or the twinkling lights but I was in the festive spirit after visiting Tivoli Gardens. If you’re in Copenhagen during November/December, recommend a visit to Tivoli Gardens. I’d love to go back to Tivoli Gardens on my next trip to Copenhagen.
Things You Should Know
Tivoli Gardens is at Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 in Copenhagen. Admission to is 110 Danish Krone (DKK), and ride tickets are 25DKK each. Most rides take 2 to 4 tickets. Ride passes are available for 230DKK. Tivoli Gardens is open 11 am to 11 pm Monday to Thursday and Sundays. It’s open 11 am to Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
In Copenhagen, I stayed at the Urban House Hostel. I stayed in an 8-bed dorm, for 2 nights for 323DKK (about €43 total). The rooms were spacious, well maintained with a modern design. The hostel has a kitchen/dining area, a large common/TV area, laundry facilities, and a restaurant/bar. The location is close to the Copenhagen Central Train Station. It was a fantastic base for my stay in Copenhagen. Book your stay at the Urban House here.
Have you been to Tivoli Gardens? What’s your favourite amusement park? Tell me in the comments below.