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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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Used this as a Base Camp whilst at Copenhagen very central to everything. Went past on the walking tour found out all about the history. Returned the next day to visit the tower... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Used this as a Base Camp whilst at Copenhagen very central to everything. Went past on the walking tour found out all about the history. Returned the next day to visit the tower, which is free, and took advantage of the fantastic views of Copenhagen. Well worth visiting the tower.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whilst it was pretty impressive, it was over quite quickly! There are three main sections, the royal rooms, the kitchens and the ruins. The rooms are the most impressive and you can really imagine the dangers and dinners and balls held there. Kitchens well, a couple of rooms, but interesting all the same. The ruins, not that interesting and it's... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the building is lovely for photos. do go up the tower. you'll have good views of the Copenhagen city. There's a restaurant just below the top view as well. didnt go but heard its good. do be careful up the stairs towards the viewing point and the strong wind when up there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a beautiful palace in the middle of town, particularly enjoyed the castle ruins exhibit underground which was quite extensive and got to learn a lot about the palace/royal history. I imagine the main courtyard would be beautiful in the summer but a good way to spend a rainy day nonetheless

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely building and the horses going around outside are nice to look at. Definitely go up the tower the views are nice and it's free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very beautiful palace in a great and easy to access location. I went to the Tower in the palace, which is free to go up. I had to wait quite a while, but it was free so you can't complain! Once up the tower you get to see views from all angles of Copenhagen, which was really nice and definitely... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not far from everything else so you can easily get there - a worthwhile destination for a 30 minute stroll from the city centre. Quite impressive when approaching from the courtyard side - you can pretend you're in the 4th season of Borgen - I did.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Palace itself was excellent, there are 13 rooms (including a throne room) and it is all exquisitely decorated and the architecture is truly magnificent. Although this version of Christiansborg has not been around for very long, it certainly feels as though it has been. The tower was very cool to go up to, as there plaques telling you what... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The combined entry ticket allows access to 4 seperate parts of the palace and was good value. The Royal Reception rooms are spectacular and really nice to stroll through and enjoy, the ruins of the original castle can be viewed underground and were interesting and well thought out for visitors, the royal kitchen and stables are smaller sections but allow... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We felt we should go to one of the palaces in Copenhagen, and we happened to choose this one. We were glad of this, as we are not into history but we very much enjoyed this. Modern twists on the tour, such as a royal kitchen and an interesting video on what is cooked for royalty. Really enjoyed the stables... More 

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