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Christiansborg Palace

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Indre By (Inner City)
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Address: Prins Joergens Gaard 1, Copenhagen 1218, Denmark
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Christiansborg Palace is situated on the little island of Slotsholmen...

Christiansborg Palace is situated on the little island of Slotsholmen (Castle Island) which is surrounded by canals in the heart of Denmark's capital, Copenhagen. Denmark has one of the oldest monarchies in the world, and the palace has a long, dramatic history which revolves around the exercise of royal power. Today, Denmark is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of governance. Under its beautiful copper roof, the palace houses the Danish parliament, the office of the Danish prime minister and the Supreme Court. It is therefore the center for legislative, executive and judicial power in Denmark. The palace also accommodates rooms for the Danish Monarchy. Focusing on the royal part of the palace, Christiansborg Palace is H.M. the Queen's working palace. This is where the Queen holds audiences, signs laws, holds banquets and receptions, celebrates royal anniversaries and receives state visits. It is a working palace where old traditions and the modern Royal Family meet. You will see dazzling halls, adorned with colorful tapestries, vast paintings, patterned floors, glittering chandeliers, and sumptuous stucco ceilings. You can explore The Royal Kitchen and see its two tons of shiny copper kitchenware. You can visit the beautiful palace chapel, stand underneath its dome and let your head spin as you gaze up at the angels in the ceiling décor more than 30 metres above you. In The Royal Stables you'll find the the white royal horses in the wintertime, and in the summertime the exhibition "All the kings' horses" - all year around you can see the Royal Family's array of carriages. One of them is coated with 24-carat gold leaf. You can also explore the underground ruins underneath Christiansborg Palace. These are ruins of earlier castles and palaces showing that the Castle Island is steeped in 800 years of power and political intrigue.

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We took our students to this palace as a part of school project. The guide was really excited to show us around tell the story of each part. The tapestries and the story behind... read more

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We took our students to this palace as a part of school project. The guide was really excited to show us around tell the story of each part. The tapestries and the story behind them are really impressive. We enjoyed our visit here.

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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The Royal Reception Rooms are beautiful, the horses are beautiful and the kitchen is really lovely made. In the Royal Kitchen, you can see artificial food in the cooking pots and you can even smell it. Chicken smelled like chicken, sweets smelled like sweets, it was fun.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Royal Palace and it does not disappoint. The rooms are stunning and offer a relaxed atmosphere. Shoe covers are provided to ensure that the beautiful floors are maintained. Rich colours fill the rooms: red, gold and turquoise and offer a modern feel to the Palace. A lovely way to spend a few hours.

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West Orange, New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There a tower you can go to the top of for free that gives you a view of the city. I went on a cloudy day and still amazing. Underneath the castles are tge catacombs which ate remnants of other castles that stood there.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would leave this venue for a whole day. You can get a full ticket to cover the ruins, the kitchen, the palace, the guards hall etc. We managed the ruins and the palace and there was a lot to cover. Wonderful view of the Danish Royal family and how they have evolved.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed seeing this place with my wife. The Flora Danica is amazing. The tapestry room must be seen also. Definitely a must see in Copenhagen.

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Grobbendonk, Belgium
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Reviewed 1 week ago

very well presented exhibitions, and they are in several buildings, so get a combo ticket or the copenhagen card, the only thing we didnt visit here were the stables , as they opened only in the afternoon, and we were here in the morning

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This a part of the Danish history, and I always take internationals friends here, just to tell that here we have the Danish Parliament. I rarely go inside.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Get your Copenhagen card ready as there's the Royal reception rooms, the kitchen, the ruins and the stables...each with a separate entrance fee, and all very worthwhile.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Very interesting place and worth the visit, and lots to see including the tower and the old ruins underground

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This is the heart of old town Copenhagen, with its blend of charming old buildings and bold new architecture, broad avenues and tiny streets as well as picturesque canals and a modern harbor. The inner city is home to the Royal Danish Theatre, which consists of three buildings, two of which are new and situated on the harbor front. The streets, squares and venues of the inner city and its surrounding neighborhoods, are alive all year round with everything from jazz festivals to outdoor ice skating rinks and parachuting at the lakes right in the center of the city. This compact area boasts beautiful old castles, tranquil parks, and bustling squares where you can always find a bench to stretch out your legs whenever you need a break.
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