ABOVE: Miniature trams in Tivoli Gardens. INSET BELOW: Tivoli at Chrismas, the Nimb hotel's Moorish-style building, and a chef in Nimb's Michelin-starred Restaurant Herman..
Season and hours
Tivoli operates daily from early April until mid-September. The gates open at 11 a.m., closing at 11 p.m., midnight, or 12:30 a.m., depending on the day of the week and the season.
Tivoli is also open in mid-October for an early Halloween celebration, and it has a Christmas Market from late November until the end of December. See the official Web site (listed below) for details.
Tivoli isn't cheap: In 2012, the standard entrance fee for adults and children of 8+ years is DKK 95. Children from 0 to 7 years of age are free.
Individual rides require one to three tickets which cost DKK 25 each. (Tickets are needed by anyone over 1 year of age.) You can buy an unlimited multi-ride ticket for DKK 199 with your admission or at any ticket booth in the park.
Tip: Most of Tivoli's rides are pleasant rather than thrilling. You might want to save most of your ride budget for Bakken, a 400-year-old amusement park north of the city that has one of Europe's highest roller coasters.
For more information on discounts, special packages, and off-season events, see Tivoli's official Web site below.
Food and drink
Tivoli has dozens of restaurants, cafés, pastry shops, snack bars, and food stands. There's even a Hard Rock Café for tourists who wouldn't dream of going home without a souvenir t-shirt.
For a pleasant meal in an authentic Danish atmosphere, try Grøften near the Pantomime Theatre. Its family-friendly beer garden is delightful after dark, when the tables are illuminated by lanterns in the shape of hot-air balloons.
We also recommend Pirateriet (where you can dine on the deck of a Caribbean-style pirate ship) and the brasserie in Nimb, a 13-room boutique hotel, where chefs prepare your meal as you watch from a table nearby.
It's easy to empty your wallet at Tivoli, and park businesses will happily accept dollars, euros, British pounds, and Scandinavian currencies. Fortunately, the park has two cash machines; see our article on European ATMs and currency exchange machines for advice on using your ATM card overseas.
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