Tivoli Gardens | 2024 Guide to Copenhagen's Top Attraction

Tivoli Gardens | 2024 Guide to Copenhagen's Top Attraction

Mathias Mølgaard
Mathias Mølgaard
May 24, 2024

If you're wondering what to do in Copenhagen? one place that absolutely needs to be on your list is the city's historic and magical Tivoli Gardens. For curious explorers desiring more than mere sightseeing, buckle up as we delve into Tivoli's fascinating history, from its roots as a 19th-century amusement park right up to its place in the modern day.

What is the story behind Tivoli?

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen Entrance

Tivoli Gardens, often simply referred to as 'Tivoli,' is more than just one of the most popular 'Copenhagen attractions.' It's a living piece of Copenhagen's history and cultural fabric. This go-to amusement park in Copenhagen was conceived by Georg Carstensen in 1843, hardly a common sight back in the day! He persuaded King Christian VIII to grant him the land by arguing that "when the people are amusing themselves, they do not think about politics."

With its charming blend of exotic architecture, historic rides, performances, and beautiful landscaping, Tivoli immediately captured the imaginations of Copenhagen's citizens - and hasn't let go ever since!

Is Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen worth visiting?

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen by night

In a word — absolutely! There's a reason why Tivoli is consistently ranked among Copenhagen's top sights. Between the old-world charm of its original 19th-century buildings and rides, and the non-stop fun and excitement at every corner, Tivoli guarantees a captivating experience for both history buffs and thrill-seekers alike. If you want to know the opening hours, see the practical info below.

Is it free to walk around Tivoli?

Lake in Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

While Tivoli Gardens is not entirely free to get in, once you're inside, you're free to stroll and marvel at its captivating allure to your heart's content. The entry fee grants you access to the park and the many events and concerts that take place there. However, the rides do require an additional fee.

How much time do you need at Tivoli?

Nimb Hotel in Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

Given Tivoli's extensive list of attractions, you can easily spend half a day or even a full day there. Factor in time to ride the classics like the Rutschebanen roller coaster or the taller-than-tall Star Flyer, alongside breaks to enjoy a bite to eat, soak up the beautifully themed gardens, and maybe see a show. If you're a fan of theme parks, Tivoli offers enough to keep you entertained for days on end!

How old is Tivoli?

Nimb in Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen by night

Opening its gates for the first time in 1843, Tivoli is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. Yes, you read that right! And through the years, it has not only stood the test of time but has continued to evolve while keeping its historic charm intact - a testament to how loved Tivoli is by locals and tourists alike.

From the iconic Ferris wheel that offers stunning views over Copenhagen, the nostalgia-induced Pantomime Theatre, to mouth-watering international cuisine served in traditional-style food pavilions, Tivoli blends the new and the old seamlessly. Little wonder that this nearly 180-year-old park played a role in inspiring none other than Walt Disney himself.

Savouring the Magic of Tivoli with StoryHunt

Hidden Stories of Tivoli guided audio walk with StoryHunt

To truly appreciate Tivoli's rich history and its role in making Copenhagen the city it is today, why not explore it with StoryHunt? With our immersive self-guided audio walk, you will uncover the stories, secrets, and lesser-known facts that bring Tivoli to vivid life: Official guided tour in Tivoli.

Opening hours and directions

Openings hours for (updated today)
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Address: - directions
Website: official site

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Learn more with a self-guided tour

If you want to get the most out of your Tivoli experience, consider the official guided tour in the garden made by Tivoli themselves.


Untold Stories Tivoli Gardens

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Unlock the untold stories of Tivoli on this guided audio tour through the Gardens.


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