Copenhagen City Sightseeing
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Lonely Planet review
Situated in the heart of the city, Tivoli is a shamelessly charming combination of amusement rides, flower gardens, food pavilions, carnival games and open-air stage shows. Dating from 1843, the entertainment park is Denmark’s most popular attraction. Visitors can ride the roller coaster (named ‘The Demon’), take in the famous fireworks display at night or just soak up the timeless, storybook atmosphere in what is the city’s best-loved drawcard.
Tivoli is fun by day but in the evening it takes on a more romantic mood as the thousands of specially made fairy lights are switched on and a wide range of cultural activities unfold, from theatrical performances to pantomime to live rock and pop acts, some of them major international names.
Each of Tivoli’s numerous entertainment venues has a different character. Perhaps best known is the open-air pantomime theatre , which features mime and ballet, and was built in 1874 by Vilhelm Dahlerup, the Copenhagen architect who also designed the royal theatre. Tivoli also has an indoor cabaret theatre and a large concert hall that features performances by international symphony orchestras and ballet troupes.
Between all the nightlights and glorious flowerbeds, Tivoli is an enchanting place to stroll around, and if you feel like eating there are some decent (and even some very good) restaurants that make for a satisfying dining experience.
A good tip is to go on Fridays during the summer season, when the open-air Plænen stage hosts free rock concerts from Danish bands (and the occasional international superstar) from 10pm.
The numerous open-air performances are free of charge, but there’s usually an admission fee for the indoor performances – check the website for venue details, line-ups and prices.
Outside the main summer season, Tivoli also opens for around 10 days at Halloween and from mid-November to late December for Christmas. For up-to-date opening times, see the Tivoli website.