It’s surprising that considering I feel like I’m in Copenhagen every other week, I’ve actually only been there twice when Tivoli has been open for visitors. Last summer I experienced it for the first time when it was the summer season, and found that it was completely not what I expected at all, in a really positive way.
Last week my visit to Copenhagen coincided with Easter at Tivoli, and as it’s only open for three weeks from 4th – 22nd April I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to go along after work.
You can purchase one of two types of tickets, a gardens and rides pass which gives you full access to the gardens and all the rides, or just an admission pass to wander around, perfect for if you don’t plan on going on any rides.
I’m not going to go into all the details of the park that I went into last time, so if you’re wanting a full overview of what’s there to see and do take a look at my visiting Tivoli in summer post. The summer was a gorgeous time to visit, really warm and the whole place was filled with colour and flowers.
An Easter visit was slightly cooler, so wrap up if you’re there in the evening, but it was still pleasant enough to walk around comfortably. It would be a lot cooler if you’re sitting down, at one of the many cafes, bars or restaurants that all have outdoor seating, but in true Danish ‘hygge’ style there’s heaters and blankets.
Like the French, the Danish don’t let the weather stop them sitting outside come rain or shine.
For Easter the entranceway and gardens were lit up with Easter egg themed lights and decorations, and farmers carts popped up filled with giant eggs and daffodils, giving the place a very spring feel.
I found that while the occasional plastic sheep might seem quite tacky, overall the decorations were quite understated. The two giant eggs in the fountains overlook the main stage were cute, and lit up as it got darker, and the pens with the little lambs were very cute.
Aside from these and the lighting, the park was basically a spring garden. Tulips, daffodils and Daisy’s filled the flower beds and tubs everywhere, and despite the occasional screams overhead from the rides, it was actually quite peaceful walking around.
The rides are towards the back of the park which helps, and in this section there’s a lot more here for the children enjoying their Easter holidays. Fairground rides, shows, toy shops, balloons and lots of sweet treats through the street designed in a traditionally Danish way.
There’s still plenty for adults to enjoy in other areas of the park, especially around the lake among the landscaped gardens.
I loved the little pastel coloured huts, which sold everything from milkshakes to homeware and Easter themed trinkets.
The pirate ship on the lake is one of the most famous view points that makes Tivoli recognisable, but the Japanese gardens, little fountains and winding paths through willow trees are my favourite parts.
You can feed the giant carp that swim in the lake here, and there’s a small boating lake off to the side of the main lake, which keeps it a lot more serene.
Crossing the bridge over the lake I came to the section that was definitely getting the most attention off adults, the ones that weren’t stood by rollercoasters and merry go rounds that is, and this was the cherry blossom garden.
The pretty pink delicate trees were everywhere, and hung beautifully around the little bridge and framing both the lake and the white pavilion.
You can spend a good couple of hours in Tivoli even without setting foot on a ride, there are lots of places to sit and watch the world go by, in the prettiest of surroundings.
I had a couple of people ask me on Instagram if it’s worth a visit and I’d say absolutely, if it’s open when you’re there.
The Easter and Halloween seasons run for about three weeks, but summer and winter are open a lot longer, so is Christmas. I’ve yet to visit when it’s all decorated for Christmas but I really hope I can one year.
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