Why visit Tivoli Gardens in 2020? 6 top reasons
Looking for a getaway with a touch of much-needed fun and adventure? Then how about blowing the cobwebs off with a Copenhagen city break and a trip to Tivoli Gardens?
The Danish capital’s no.1 amusement park is ready to welcome back visitors with a full programme of activities alongside a range of new safety measures to comply with the most current COVID-19 recommendations from the authorities. They’ve even extended the summer 2020 season until 4 October!
Tivoli Gardens, which first opened way back in 1843, has everything you could want for the perfect day out: white-knuckle rides, lush gardens, live performances, activities for the little ones and a ton of gourmet restaurants. It’s the perfect place to spend a day or two with the family.
Excited? Here are six great reasons to visit Tivoli this year.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, opening hours and availability of activities could be affected. Remember to check current travel restrictions before booking travel.
1. The new safety measures
Safety is important and it’s understandable that visitors will need reassurance that all the proper precautions are being taken when getting back to visiting places which usually have large crowds.
At Tivoli, there are several new measures in place which comply with the most up-to-date recommendations from the authorities. These include:
- Use of Tivoli Pass or pre-purchased tickets at the self-service entrance
- Increase in cleaning frequency and hand sanitizer placed in various locations
- Social distancing markers used around the park
- Ability to stand in a ‘digital queue’
- Possibility of ordering your lunch in advance to pick up
For more information on the precautions in place, take a look at the Tivoli Take Care page, which also includes advice on when is best to visit the park if you’re looking to avoid the busiest times.
2. The hold-on-to-your-hat rides
There are rides for all ages at Tivoli. For kids, there are mini bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, and a magical trunk, which takes them on an immersive journey through Hans Christian Andersen’s land of fairy tales.
For the grown-ups there’s ‘The Roller Coaster’, one of the oldest running wooden roller coasters in the world. Built in 1914, it’s Tivoli’s most popular ride.
‘The Demon’ is also well worth a go. Travelling at 77km per hour, you’ll feel the effect of 4Gs as you fly through three loops, followed by a 20-metre drop. If you pay extra for virtual reality glasses, you’ll experience all this while journeying through a world of fire-breathing dragons and demons. Not for the faint-hearted.
3. The mesmerising gardens
They say nature is a great healer. So why not get a dose of medicine in Tivoli’s beautiful gardens? The Hanging Gardens with their tall trees and views over Tivoli Lake, the Pergola Gardens with their edible flowers, and the bubble fountains in front of the majestic Nimb Hotel are just a few scenic spots to explore.
All the gardens are stunning in summer when the flowers are in bloom. But they’re equally as magical in winter, when they’re lit by a million fairy lights. This awe-inspiring sight inspired Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘Nightingale’ fairy tale.
If you manage to get one of the rainy days at Tivoli and can’t make the most of the gardens, head to the aquarium. With a 30-metre long tropical coral reef tank where you can see sharks, rays, moray eels and a host of colorful reef fish, as well as smaller aquariums featuring piranhas and octopi, it’s a great place to teach the kids about sealife.
Tip: If you want to see more lush green spaces, perfectly manicured hedges, and seas of brightly-coloured flowers stretching into the horizon, then take a look at our tips on where to find the most beautiful gardens in Europe.
4. The fabulous entertainment
Summer highlights 2020
The summer programme at Tivoli Gardens is usually teeming with concerts from jazz to opera to popular music. However, due to the Danish government’s guidelines and restrictions on festivals and large gatherings, many of the concerts have had to be cancelled or postponed.
That said, there’s still plenty to look forward to this year including world-class dance acts from the mesmerising Tivoli Ballet Theatre, open-air movies, firework displays every Saturday until September, and a variety of kids’ shows and pantomimes.
Don’t miss the incredible performances of Cinderella at the Pantomime Theatre. The costumes and sets have been designed by Queen Margrethe of Denmark, and the ballet is imaginatively choreographed by the award-winning Russian choreographer, Yuri Possokhov.
After your show, why not head up to the Nimb Hotel Roof to continue the party? Cocktails, music and fantastic views of Copenhagen await at this splendid rooftop terrace locale.
Check out the Tivoli Gardens website to see the full itinerary.
Tivoli at Christmas
During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Tivoli is transformed into one of Europe’s most enchanting Christmas markets, complete with a myriad of sparkling lights, an abundance of tasty fare, and plenty of exciting gifts, getting you right in the mood for the festive season.
5. The mouth-watering cuisine
One thing’s for sure, you won’t go hungry at Tivoli. There are over 40 restaurants serving cuisine from around the world.
Original Shawarma is a great choice for Middle Eastern food. Churroria serves up delicious Spanish delicacies. And Grøften is the place to go for traditional Danish cuisine. Their smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches on buttered rye bread) are to-die-for.
If you have young ones in tow, Gemyse is a great choice. Specialising in organic vegetarian food, it has some delightful dishes, and even the kids will be tempted to eat their greens. After dinner, they can toast marshmallows over a fire pan in the lovely kitchen garden.
Another family-friendly option is Mazzoli’s which offers drawing and colouring materials to keep the kids busy before lunch arrives. Serving up quality Italian classics, this place has gluten-free pizza and pasta dishes, making it a great option for people in your party with wheat intolerances.
Reward tip: If you’re flying to Copenhagen with the family, check out our advice on how to do air travel with kids (and no stress!).
6. The first-class accommodation
Tivoli Gardens is based in the city centre, next to Copenhagen Central Station. So, you’ll be close to the action wherever you stay.
Nimb Hotel *****
Fancy residing in a luxury Moorish-styled palace with a striking Venetian marble façade in the heart of Tivoli Gardens? Then check out Nimb Hotel. With a state-of-the-art wellness centre, five restaurants including a classic French brasserie, along with a rustic wine cellar and grand hotel bar, Nimb Hotel is a spectacular place to stay.
Even if you’re not staying at Nimb, you can enjoy a massage and hammam at Nimb Wellness, or treat yourself to a luxury afternoon tea with truffles, caviar, oysters and Dom Perignon at the stylish Nimb Bar on the second Sunday of the month.
Scandic Palace Hotel ****
Overlooking the bustling City Hall Square, Scandic Palace Hotel is a five-minute walk from Tivoli. It’s a great option for large families. Kids under 13 stay for free and receive a welcome gift on arrival. You can also get a discounted rate on the room next to yours if you have teenagers with you.
Best Western Hotel Hebron ***
If you’re on a budget, the Best Western Hotel Hebron will do the job. Only five minutes on foot from both Copenhagen Central Station and Tivoli, the rooms are basic, but clean, and if you’re travelling with kids there are large family rooms. The breakfast is delicious, too!
Opening hours and tickets
Bear in mind, Tivoli is not open all year round. The schedule for the rest of 2020 is:
Summer: 8 June – 4 October 2020
Halloween: 8 October – 1 November 2020
Christmas: 13 November 2020 – 3 January 2021
The standard entrance fee for adults and children over eight years old is DKK 135 (around €18). Kids aged three to seven pay DKK 60 (around €8), and children under three go free (all prices correct as of 2020). These prices don’t include access to the rides. You can buy individual tickets for the rides or an unlimited multi-ride ticket.
Earn CashPoints with Norwegian Reward
Don’t forget, if you book your entry tickets for Tivoli Gardens and for unlimited rides through Norwegian Reward, you’ll earn CashPoints.
With Norwegian Reward, you’ll also earn CashPoints on your Norwegian flights to Copenhagen, and if you sign up for a Reward Family Account, you can pool all your points with your family and have even more to spend on your next trip with Norwegian!