A visit to Tivoli is a must see for anybody traveling to Copenhagen. Tivoli turned 170 years old this year making it the second oldest amusement park in the world, right behind Bakken which you will also find outside of Copenhagen. The Danes just know how to make them.
I found Tivoli so incredibly unique compared to other amusement parks I’ve visited in the states. Being from southern California, I am well acquainted with Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Knott’s Berry Farm which (I hope) makes me qualified enough to make a comparison. Everything I usually dislike about amusement parks evaporates the moment I pass through the gates of Tivoli. Long lines? There just aren’t any. I never waited more than 20 minutes for a ride even at the peak of the day and I’ve been several times in the middle of summer. Overpriced hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch? Tivoli offers much more than that. The restaurants are so good here that many locals visit the park just to eat a great meal.
I will go even as far to say I felt relaxed in Tivoli. Finding relaxation in an amusement park sounds a bit ridiculous, I know. But it’s hard not to when there are several gardens throughout the park (they even have a separate Garden map!), plenty of shade almost everywhere when you’re waiting in line, and a wonderful lake to sit by while you’re enjoying a meal or your 4th ice-cream of the day. There are also several stages throughout the park where you can enjoy music and theatre. You’ll find everything from classical music, rock, musicals, ballet, cabaret and even pantomime!
Oh, and the rides? You won’t be disappointed. Just trust me on this one, they have it all. I don’t think I can continue gushing about this place without it starting to sound like an advertisement.
Have any of you visited Tivoli? If not, what are some of your favorite amusement parks? I’d love to know.