Red lanterns at Tivoli Gardens

I just got back from a week-long visit to Copenhagen, Denmark.  I was there as “The Wife” – keeping my husband company on his tour with New York City Ballet.  The shows took place at the Tivoli Concert Hall within Tivoli Gardens, and as a perk of being with the ballet, we were given free passes to the amusement park and rides.

I’ve never really been a fan of amusement parks, but this one is completely different than anything I’d ever experienced.  By day it’s a charming landscaped oasis within the heart of the city; by night, it’s completely transformed into a magical fantasy land complete with…

Chinese lanterns illuminating food arcades –

Red lanterns at Tivoli Gardens

Red lanterns under roller coaster at Tivoli Gardens

Lanterns illuminated at night at Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

A pagoda –

The pagoda at Tivoli Gardens illuminated at night

Tivoli Gardens lagoon, pagoda and roller coaster

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

Pirate ship – 

Pirate ship at Tivoli Gardens

And Nimb Palace!

Nimb Palace at Tivoli Gardens

The rides range from kiddie to daredevil –

Old fashioned carousel at Tivoli Gardens

Clock ride at Tivoli Gardens

Fatamorgana ride at Tivoli Gardens

(Yes, I did screw up my courage to go on the Fatamorgana ride above!)

And when you need a break, there are plenty of places to rest…not to mention opportunities to indulge your sweet tooth!

Candy at Tivoli Gardens

(As you can see, my imagination took a sweet ride, too!)


Strolling the grounds feels like a trip back in time – 

Old lights over staircase at Tivoli

Old fashioned chandelier at Tivoli

And you’re sure to leave the park feeling charmed!

Lanterns over exit at Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

(Or gobsmacked…you be the judge!)

Cartoon of little girl looking up in wonderment


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