Tivoli in Copenhagen

Denmark's most visited attraction

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen attracts millions of visitors from all over the world every year and is #1 on the list above Denmark's 50 most visited attractions.

On this page we give you a detailed guide to the attraction that has enriched Copenhagen since 1843 under these headings:

History and background

Tivoli, officially known as Tivoli Gardens, is one of the world's oldest amusement parks and is deeply rooted in Copenhagen's cultural and historical landscape. The park was founded by Georg Carstensen in 1843 with a vision to create a place where "people can enjoy themselves", and since then it has been a center for entertainment and culture in the heart of the Danish capital.

Tivoli's original concept was inspired by early 19th-century European pleasure gardens, and Carstensen convinced then-King Christian VIII that such a place would distract citizens from politics. With the king's blessing, Tivoli quickly became a reality.

Over the years, Tivoli has undergone many changes, but has always retained its charm and appeal. From the early days of live music, theater performances and simple carousels to the modern, high-tech rides, Tivoli has always been ahead of the times, while the park has retained its historic essence.

Tivoli has also played host to many famous personalities over time, including Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney, who were both inspired by the park's magic. Andersen, the famous Danish fairy tale writer, often found inspiration in Tivoli's atmosphere, while Disney is said to have used Tivoli as inspiration when creating Disneyland.

10 good reasons to visit Tivoli

  1. Tivoli is known for its beautiful gardens and architecture, which create a unique and magical atmosphere. The park is one of the most beautiful places in Copenhagen, and is a perfect destination for a romantic walk or a cozy picnic with the family.

  2. Tivoli has more than 25 rides and activities to suit all ages and interests. There are slides, carousels, games, theater performances, concerts and much more.

  3. The park is open in summer, where it is decorated with thousands of lights in the evening, creating a magical atmosphere. Tivoli is also known for its famous fireworks show that is held every Saturday night.

  4. Tivoli is not only an amusement park, but also part of Copenhagen's cultural heritage. The park has played an important role in the city's history and has inspired many artists and writers over the years.

  5. Tivoli is known for its culinary scene with a wide selection of food and drink from all over the world. There is everything from gourmet restaurants to popular street food stands and cozy cafes.

  6. The park also has a variety of live shows and theater performances that entertain visitors of all ages. There is also the opportunity to meet some of Tivoli's famous figures, such as Pierrot, Harlequin and Columbine.

  7. Tivoli is one of the most child-friendly amusement parks in the world. The park is designed to be fun and safe for children of all ages, and there are plenty of activities and rides to suit the youngest guests.

  8. Tivoli also has themed events for Christmas, Halloween and other special events. Visitors can experience a magical Christmas with a Christmas market, snow and ice rink, or a scary Halloween with haunted houses and spooky decorations.

  9. Tivoli is located in the middle of Copenhagen, close to Copenhagen Central Station, and is therefore an easy and convenient destination for visitors to the city.

  10. Tivoli Gardens is a unique and magical experience for visitors of all ages and is a must-see destination when visiting Copenhagen. The park has something for everyone and is a great place to spend a day or evening with family and friends.

Tickets to Tivoli

A good tip for buying tickets to Tivoli is to buy them online through GetYourGuide. Then you can skip the queue and at the same time get the tickets refunded if you need to cancel, up to 24 hours before your visit.


Throughout the year you can experience a multitude of events in Tivoli with everything from concerts, theatre, anniversaries etc

Below you will find a few recommendations 

Friday rock

Friday Rock in Tivoli is a recurring event that offers a mix of party atmosphere, cozy evenings and excellent music on the Lawn. In the 2023 season, the atmosphere is in full swing and visitors can expect an unforgettable experience every Friday.

To participate in Friday Rock, you simply need a regular entrance ticket to Tivoli or a Tivoli card. The entrance fee is DKK 155 before 18 and rises to DKK 225 after 18. Tickets can be purchased here. It is important to note that for some concerts there may be a requirement for a seat reservation.

For those using wheelchairs, there is a designated area to the right in front of the stage where they can enjoy the concert with their companions. Smoking is permitted in Tivoli, but only in marked zones. Visitors may bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages, however glass containers are not permitted. Festival chairs are permitted, but they must be folded together at the start of the concert or if referred to due to lack of space. Umbrellas are not allowed during concerts for safety reasons, and professional or semi-professional camera equipment is also prohibited.

For those who want to get the most out of Fredagsrock, it is recommended to consider a Tivoli card. With a Tivoli card, you can avoid having to buy a ticket every time and instead focus on enjoying the music and the atmosphere.


Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in the park.

The park is non-smoking, but there are 4 smoking zones

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Vesterbrogade 3
Copenhagen 1630 Capital Region of Denmark DK
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Sun-Thurs: 11-23 Fri-Sat: 11-00