The Tivoli Gardens is one of the top attractions in Copenhagen.

According to Wikipedia, “Tivoli is an amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world.”

We made this our first stop in Copenhagen. The cost of admission is 130 DKK (~$20 USD) for a weekday. We purchased our tickets on arrival. It was quick and easy.  There was no line.

In Pictures

The Tivoli Gardens is a huge place, but it’s hard to miss this grand structure (Nimb Hotel). Or that wandering peacock.

a white building with green domes and a green roof

Since it’s a real park, you will find people sitting and chilling around.

a fountain in a park

Or, like this peacock.  Just chilling.

a peacock lying on a brick path

The Trivoli is also an amusement park.  If you are a thrill-seeker, there are roller coaster rides.

a roller coaster with trees and a stone wall

If you are looking for something a bit more tame, there’s always the classic Merry-Go-Around…

a carousel with horses on it

Food Hall

Of course, I had to check out the Food Hall.  Since the food hall is accessible from the public street, you are technically exiting out of the garden.  Just make sure you get your hand stamped by one of the attendants; it gives you re-entry access if you are not done with your visit.

There are a number of food shops.  There are seating areas inside the food hall, as well as seating areas outside.  We sat outside while we waited for our buzzers to go off.  (Mine malfunctioned; it never buzzed!)

a table and stools in a room with glass doors

The food was just a-OK.  There are a couple of restaurants within the garden as well.

a burrito in a styrofoam container

Giant burrito.

a pizza on a plate

Thankfully, it tastes better than it looks. 🙂


There are performances at the Pantomime Theatre during scheduled times as well.  I saw a brief stretch of a performance.  I can’t say that I enjoyed it, though.

Carnival Games

I ended up throwing some time and money at a carnival game, the roll-a-ball-horse-racing game.  Since I tend to do reasonably well with this game, I refrained from playing when only kids were playing.  It’s a game of luck, but somehow, I’d still feel like I have an unfair advantage if only kids were playing.  I don’t want to dash their hopes!  When other adults were in on the game, all bets were off…

In Summary

While you can find carnival games at any amusement parks, it was actually the highlight of my visit at Tivoli Gardens  That is, aside from the peacock sighting.  Tivoli isn’t what I would considered a repeat destination, but it was nice way to spend a morning or early afternoon.


Have you visited the Tivoli Gardens?  Is it worth a visit when visiting Copenhagen?