Walking through Tivoli Gardens is like walking into a storybook. The life size toy soldiers (the Boys' guard) marches by escorting a child prince and princess in a carraige. There are brightly coloured signs and statues, there are rides and music, pantomime and a lot of happy people. You can shop, eat, and play. You can row a boat, watch a concert, throw a ball and take a chance on winning. You can get scared on one of the rides or wait for the nightly fireworks shows. or just walk around and soak up the atmosphere.
Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world, opened in 1843 and is purportedly the inspiration behind the original Disneyworld theme park. And it's not just rides and arcade games, either, it's concert halls and stages, landscaped gardens, a small aquarium and special seasonal events. There are options for food from budget takeaway to fine dining.
There's a base entry fee but that doesn't cover rides which are extra. There are ticket machines around the grounds where you can get tickets for the rides. Each ride takes 1 - 3 (20DKK each) tickets or you can buy a multi-ride pass that will let you ride as many as you want for that visit. The rides range from tame and safe for young kids right up to scary stuff for adults. The entrance does cover many of the entertainment events including the pantomime and concerts though some may require separate tickets.
With the entrance fee (95DKK per person, cheaper for children), rides, food and other things like games, bets, snacks and any shopping, it might end up being a pricey visit but it's one of the Must See things to do in Copenhagen. I met someone that worked there for a couple of years in school and she said it was really a magical place to work and yu can see the smiles on all the visitors. I guess the magic is catching!
We enjoyed the evening though we didn't try any of the rides. We were greeted by the Boys' Guard Parade, then wee walked and talked and looked around, taking in all the sights, sounds and colours. We got a bite to eat and caught a pantomime show. We didn't stay late enough to see it all lit up but it has to be spectactular when it is!
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