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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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beautiful palace!

thoroughly enjoyed looking around. Excellent architecture,intricate carvings on the ceiling. Worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

thoroughly enjoyed looking around. Excellent architecture,intricate carvings on the ceiling. Worth a visit.

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Using the Copenhagen Card, my husband and I had access to the stables, kitchen, ruins, reception rooms. You may also purchase these individually or as a combo ticket. While the Royals don't live here, they still use it for events. A very nice self-guided tour around the palace, and they also have guided tours you can sign up for.

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We started our Christiansborg visit by getting in line for the tower at about 10:50 am. There were only four or five other people ahead of us waiting in line, so we were the first group to go up in the elevators and walk out to the viewing platform. Great views of the city, and some very interesting sculptures. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great way to spend an hour or two for free with the Copenhagen card. Go early to miss the queue for the tower....well worth the wait for the view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great tours of a beautiful palace and grounds. Right in the center of Copenhagen so it is very easy to get to.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lots of interesting things to see and some jaw-dropping decor. The modern tapestries telling the history of Denmark particularly stick in the mind.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Saw two royal palaces when in Copenhagen: Rosenborg and Christiansborg - and just the Royal Reception Rooms at the latter. If you are pressed for time when in the city, I would recommend heading for Rosenborg Palace first and foremost. Having said that, the 45-minutes tour of the Reception Rooms at Christiansborg was still first-rate, helped by an informed, affable... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the third royal palace. The other two were both burnt down. It is also the site of the first founding castles of Copenhagen. It tells these stories well from visiting the old original castle ruins in the cellars to the Royal apartments, kitchens, and stables. Lovely adjoining walled garden next to the Royal library.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So beautiful! A must see for visitors to Copenhagen. I got some Amazing shots from above! Be sure to take the elevator up to the tower. Everything else cost extra tho :/

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We came here as my family is a big fan of the series 'Borgen'. A lady there told us we could get a free tour in English so we went for it (you don't have to book it in advance). We sure enough got a whizz around 45 min tour where we got to see the debating chamber and other... 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.