Copenhagen’s Delightful Amusement Park

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.

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I snapped this photo moments after stepping through the gates of Tivoli. 

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This palatial building is home to a wonderful hotel (right in the park!) and several restaurants and bars.

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.

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Amongst the roller coasters and crazy spinning rides, Tivoli also offers carnival style rides like this charming (and old!) ferris wheel for example.

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If you’re American, be sure to say “candy floss” when ordering some delicious cotton candy!

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!

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The gorgeous Pantomime stage.

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One of Tivoli’s beautiful gardens you can stroll through. Also, see that ship in the distance? That’s a restaurant!

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.


Happy travels!

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2. Tivoli Park

14 comments

  1. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans says:

    I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting any of Copenhagen’s amusement parks just yet, but they’re on my list. Wow – a relaxing visit to an amusement park?! You’re right – that’s just doesn’t happen here in Los Angeles. The older I get, the more I’m turned off from rollercoasters, so Tivoli seems like a good option for someone like me who wants a more tame experience. My last amusement park visit was to Disneyland a few years ago. I haven’t been to Universal Studios since high school (I think), so a visit back there is long overdue!

    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      You would love Tivoli then! It really is like a breathe of fresh air. I love Universal Studios! You should definitely return after the crazy summer season passes. They’ve really built up the City Walk too. There’s some fantastic restaurants. Thanks for reading 🙂
      Also, I look forward to participating in Wanderlust Wednesday next week. I was overcome with jet lag last week and completely forgot!

  2. Mast Holiday says:

    Wow, Great tour! Indeed, this palatial building looking magnificent and glorious to visit. and also the park looking sheer beautiful and full with peace and cool atmosphere. such a nice post to visit….

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