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Christiansborg Palace

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Address: Prins Joergens Gaard 1, Copenhagen 1218, Denmark
Phone Number: 4533926492
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Stunning Architecture

We walked through here during a walking tour and it was lovely. Stunning architecture and very peaceful surroundings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We walked through here during a walking tour and it was lovely. Stunning architecture and very peaceful surroundings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Copenhagen’s highest tower and its free. I went up to the Rundetaarn, Church of Our Saviour and the Copenhagen City Hall; not only the tower at the Christiansborg Palace gives the best unrestricted view across Copenhagen!

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We visited the palace as part of the sightseeing bus tour. The Royal palace is of beautiful scenery and is definitely worth a visit. We managed to get some perfect pictures. We missed the changing of the guards which I was very sad about and would visit again just to experience this. The museum was good and informative of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Chirstianborg Palace is divided up into several different "sites." Get the Copenhagen Card to save money if you are going to see them all. There are the royal apartments, the stables, the kitchen etc. There is no charge to go up the tower but the line can be long due to security. There are great views from the tower.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The tapestries alone are worth the visit. They are extraordinary feats of craftsmanship with modern themes that would make Hieronymus Bosch envious. I have no idea how they managed to convince the 10 year long endeavor to be helmed by such a mad wonderful artist who crammed each one full of stories, alchemia, symbols and characters enough to keep one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I should begin by staying we did all the Christiansborg activities except the royal reception rooms. This was, in fact, the 7th palace of our trip and we opted instead to see the things that made it unusual. The kitchen was interactive which our 7-year old loved. The ruins were fascinating for an architecture buff and the stables were very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We watched the show Borgen before going to Denmark, and loved being able to visit where it was filmed. The palace is absolutely stunning, and each room is so different and beautiful taken care of. Go later in the day for less crowds!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was surprised to discover that you can access to so many departments of the castle, for free! The visits from the tower are great and you really get the experience walking around or even seeing the royal horses being trained.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The 3rd palace was rebuilt and is incredibly well presented - take the ticket for the horse stables, palace and ruins. I suspect the guided tours would have added a lot but not in English every day

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, don't do anything in Copenhagen until you get the Copenhagen Card! Over 50 attractions plus the train included and the price is amazing! We went here on my first day in Copenhagen and would highly recommend it. It's a very regal place with decadence. They have a lovely gift shop that we picked up some wonderful things that are... More 

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Indre By (Inner City)
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.