Copenhagen’s downtown pleasure park, Tivoli Gardens opened its doors for the 2011 summer season yesterday in a blaze of color and Easter-related events.
Spring is here and the sun has been shining on Copenhagen. One of the big signals that summer is on its way is the opening of Tivoli, Copenhagen’s more than 160 year-old amusement park and its most popular attraction.
Each season sees something a little new, but for once this year it has not been in the addition of new rides: Instead, a radical new ticketing structure has been implemented at the park, making it cheaper to visit, but a little more expensive for individual events and rides.
For the 2011 season, Tivoli’s admission fee has been split into categories. While it used to cost a flat fee of DKK 85 for everyone over the age of 11, it now costs DKK 75 for adults and children of eight years and upwards until July 1, when the price rises to DKK 95 until the park closes for the season at the end of September. On Fridays after 8pm, the night when regular rock concerts are held on the large grassy area ‘Plænen’, the entry price rises to DKK 125. Children under the age of seven can now visit the park for free: Great news for families, for whom Tivoli can be a very expensive day out. The Multi-Ride ticket now costs DKK 195 regardless of age, while a year-long season pass now costs DKK 260.
Over the next ten days the gardens present an Easter-themed extravaganza that includes not just many thousands of tulips, daffodils and other spring flowers, but also an Easter parade with the Tivoli Marching Band, the Easter Bunny and ‘Petzi—Tivoli’s answer to Disneyland’s Mickey Mouse, a cartoon mascot for the family-friendly children’s play area Petzi’s World.
Other April events at Tivoli include Scandinavia’s largest gospel festival over the Easter weekend 23-25 April, the rare chance to see a number of shark eggs hatch into little baby sharks at Tivoli’s own aquarium, and an exhibition on the ill-fated Titanic in the H.C. Andersen Castle.
Culinary developments at Tivoli focus on quality dining and away from fast food snack bars. Popular city center eatery Madklubben has opened its own Tivoli branch for the 2011 season, while the gastronomic empire Nimb continues to expand.
See also: An Insider’s Guide to Tivoli.
Image courtesy of Tivoli Gardens.