Petit Futé's opinion on TIVOLI GARDENS
Welcome to the enchanted world of carnivals.A world of sweets and fairy-tale decorations where you can find your child's soul.
In 1843, Christian VIII had the park built outside the city walls, modelled on the Vauxhall in London. The king called on the services of a showman, Georg Carstensen. As for the name, it was borrowed from the Tivoli gardens in Paris. It takes about 3 hours to ride around the park, which has one of the oldest roller coasters in the world, controlled manually by an operator. You'll find all the usual fairground attractions: old-fashioned rides, Ferris wheels and other heart-pounding attractions! Let's go for a ride!
Welcome to an enchanted world. A world of sweets and fairytale decorations with light shows, multicoloured flower beds and water effects. Tivoli has an authenticity that comes from its long history: for 160 years, generations of nostalgic children and adults have come here to enjoy themselves. Just imagine! The park has received around 300 million visitors since its inauguration. Currently, there are four and a half million visitors per season, 60% of whom are Danish. One might ask, why such a huge response? Where does the magic of this vast garden come from? Probably from its slightly old-fashioned atmosphere of a 19th century funfair. It starts at the entrance. A pavilion reminiscent of a maharaja's palace, brightly lit with its garlands of light bulbs! Then come the ticket inspectors, dressed like palace porters or circus ring boys. White gloves, red caps and suits with gold buttons. Once past the checkpoint, you enter the wonderful world of laughter and play. The alleys wind between pavilions inspired by architecture from elsewhere: Chinese pagoda, Thousand and One Nights castle, pirate ship... On all sides, rides, some traditional, others ultramodern: bumper cars, ghost trains, glass mazes, duck fishing, shooting galleries... like in the good old days. As for the slot machines, which, until the end of the 1990s, only allowed you to win vouchers for ice cream or carousel tickets, they now give lucky winnerstokens that they can exchange for cash, up to a maximum of 300 DKK!
400,000 flowers. Green spaces are very popular with the Danes. Not a day goes by without a trip to a garden. Tivoli is very busy and rather quiet during the day: people come to walk around and entertain their children. There is a puppet theatre for the little ones, a supervised playground with free access until 6pm, near the lake. You can also feed the ducks, have lunch, admire the water features and (in the summer, of course) the 400,000 flowers, a third of which are replanted each season. When night comes, the garden takes on a magical aspect to which even the most jaded are not immune! Thousands of lanterns, lamps of all colours and shapes illuminate a setting that becomes almost unreal. A world of fairy tales opens up at dusk! It must be said that we are in the land of Andersen, fables and tales are part of everyday life! Let's not forget either the power of attraction of the East on the imagination of 19th century Europeans. In addition to the pleasure of the eyes, there is also the pleasure of the ears, in a very good-natured atmosphere, with the New Orleans jazz orchestra, or the Tivoli Guard composed of young musicians aged 9 to 16 who give concerts on the open-air podium on Saturday afternoons. Every weekend at 5.30 pm and 7.20 pm, they parade through the park.
Pantomimes and other shows. Another magical place is the Chinese theatre, whose stage curtain opens and closes like a peacock's wheel. The Pantomime Teater built in 1874 by Vilhelm Dahlerup was the first building in the park. Every evening a pantomime show continues the tradition of comedia dell'arte. If you like music or dance, the park also has a concert hall: Concerthus, preceded by a rotunda, and Glasshalen, the Glass Hall. Reviews, ballets and concerts are programmed here. Among the major events, each year the Copenhagen Dance Festival welcomes ballet companies from all over the world. The Tivoli Symphony Orchestra also gives about 50 concerts a year. Finally, another way to have fun: the large saltwater aquarium, which is said to be the largest in the world!
Halloween and Christmas at Tivoli. As attendance has dropped in recent years, Tivoli has set out to win back a younger audience by opening its doors until midnight or 1 a.m. (on weekends) and by programming pop and rock concerts on Friday nights. The aim is to offer constantly renewed entertainment. Thus the park opens for the All Saints' Day and Christmas holidays. The themes are respected.
Practical information: Visitors who have pre-purchased their entrance ticket can access Tivoli directly through the various gates installed around the perimeter. Copenhagen Card holders, on the other hand, must go through the main entrance. The entrance ticket does not include access to the attractions, which are subject to a fee!
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Open 7/7 11am-23pm, 00am Friday and Saturday. Admission 135 DKK from 8 years old during the week, 145 DKK on weekends.
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