Welcome to Tivoli in Vesterbrogade in Vesterbro. In the 18th and 19th centuries, pleasure gardens (commonly named "Tivoli" or "Vauxhall") appeared across Europe as a form of getaway from the increasingly expanding cities. The gardens were typically established as beautiful and lyrical parks complemented with promenade paths, outdoor pavilions, music and performance, public houses and amusements. Omnipresent and decorative illuminations, lit at dusk, provided a festive and magical atmosphere.
Tivoli was an instant success and grew to become an "institution" – the park was among the first to make sophisticated culture available for public life, across existing societal layers, and attained a reputation as a respectable place to visit. This philosophy continues to this day.
While the other European parks eventually closed down, Tivoli was modernized, amusements and restaurants were added and entertainment concepts evolved. While Tivoli's appearance and surroundings changed, its style and tradition remained unchanged.
The prosperity and growing tourism after World War II set the foundation for success with innovation and international fame. In Tivoli, international visitors found a garden of adventure and very different from other amusement parks. This brought increasing focus to Tivoli and, at the same time, an awareness of what made Tivoli different and attractive. Notably, a certain Mr. Disney found inspiration in this period for his first Disneyland Park in California.
Today, the 169 year old amusement garden is an oasis in the heart of Copenhagen – a rare mixture of new and old, amusements and culture. The original idea remains intact and many traditions date back to the first years of Tivoli's existence – the performing artists, fireworks, live music, pantomime theatre, the Tivoli Boys Guard etc.
But as Mr. Carstensen said himself, "Tivoli will never be completed", meaning Tivoli is constantly changing. Old buildings are replaced or modernized, new rides are introduced, new entertainment concepts are presented to meet the ever-changing demands of the public.