Why visit Tivoli Gardens this year? 5 top reasons
Heading to Copenhagen for a holiday with family or friends? Great choice. Lonely Planet voted it the number one city to visit in 2019, and it regularly tops the ‘happiest city on earth’ polls.
There are plenty of reasons to be happy in Copenhagen: there’s the cool design at every turn, the food scene is buzzing, and the cosy ‘hygge’ is a way of life.
There’s also loads of fab stuff to do. And the first place on your itinerary, especially if you are travelling with kids, should be Tivoli Gardens. This fabulous amusement park, which opened in 1843, has everything you could want for the perfect day out: white-knuckle rides, lush gardens, live music, activities for the little ones and a ton of gourmet restaurants.
Excited? You should be. Here are five great reasons to visit Tivoli this year:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. The fabulous entertainment
If you’re into live music, Tivoli’s got you covered. From jazz to opera, there’s something going on every night of the week. Check out the Tivoli Gardens website to see the full itinerary.
Summer highlights 2019
Whether you’re going on a family holiday or a weekend away with friends, Copenhagen is a fabulous summer destination, and the warmer months are some of the best to visit Tivoli this year.
If you’re a fan of velvet-voiced Welsh crooner Tom Jones, he’ll be performing on 5 July on the open-air stage. Or if big bands are more your thing, the Tivoli Big Band are playing swing classics each night until 29 June. Dancing is optional but encouraged!
For classical music fans, Budapest Festival Orchestra will end the Tivoli Summer Classic season of 66 concerts and recitals on 25 August.
Finally, don’t miss the Tivoli Youth Guard. Celebrating their 175th anniversary, they’ll be playing in parades every weekend.
The dance acts at Tivoli are also world-class. Catch the ‘Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’ if you’re in Tivoli between 28 August and 1 September. Their modern, theatrical style is mesmerising. Or, if you like ballet, you can catch The Tivoli Ballet Theatre most evenings at The Pantomime Theatre.
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.
If you’re at Tivoli between 4 May and 22 September 2019, you can enjoy a brilliant fireworks display on a Saturday night.
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.
4. 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!).
5. 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 2019 is:
Summer: 4 April – 22 September 2019
Halloween: 11 October – 3 November 2019
Christmas: 16 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
Earn CashPoints with Norwegian Reward
The standard entrance fee for adults and children over eight years old is DKK 130 (around €17). Kids aged three to seven pay DKK 60 (around €8), and children under three go free (all prices correct as of 2019). These prices don’t include access to the rides. You can buy individual tickets for the rides or an unlimited multi-ride ticket.
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!