Christiansborg Slot
Christiansborg Slot
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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About
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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Neighborhood: 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.
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  • Kongens Nytorv • 8 min walk
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  • Hilary
    Chicago, Illinois526 contributions
    Favorite Palace in Cope
    While visiting Copenhagen, we saw Amalienborg, Rosenborg and Christiansborg palaces. Of all these, my favorite was Christiansborg, especially the library. The palace is more modern and whimsical than the other three and still in use today. There is also a lookout that you can access with your admission ticket for a view of the city.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Fairyinboots
    London, United Kingdom69 contributions
    Lovely place.
    I had a lovely time here. I went into all the areas that I could, using my Copenhagen card. The staff were so friendly and gave me souvineer tickets when I asked if they had any. Everyone friendly, and the sights were fascinating. I loved the underground ruins.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 28, 2023
  • Chris
    10 contributions
    A palace to marvel at
    Fabulous place to visit especially with the Copenhagen card. There is so much to see here. the ruins of the old Bishop Abelson castle through to the palaces above make this a full on visit for the whole day. Everything is so well presented and the staff are so helpful. The rooms are marvellous to walk around, but remember to look up as it has some of the most fascinating and well crafted ceilings I have seen in any historical building. the castle ruins underneath has a great interactive quiz for the kids to complete and it kept my two teenagers going for the whole visit. Copenhagen offers some of the best experiences to visit and this is certainly one that shouldn't be missed.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 12, 2023
  • Jasmine38Chichester UK
    Chichester, United Kingdom1,948 contributions
    Definitely get the combo ticket or visit all four places on sight with the Copenhagen card
    Can easily spend half day here if you get the combo ticket to visit the reception rooms, kitchen, stables and underground ruins - or visit with the Copenhagen Card. Really interesting, plenty of historic details with at least one information board in each area. Learnt a lot and enjoyed the variation of things to see. Recommended
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2023
  • rickb0109
    Fairfield, Ohio584 contributions
    Nice Palace - plan visit accordingly
    When we wnt we could ony go into thr Royal Kitchen and the ruins undeground. More opened up later in the day but that was several hours later. So we enjoyed the time we had and what we say but would have liked to have seen moe rooms. Different rooms are open at different times so plan accordingly.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2023
  • GlasgowWriter
    Glasgow, United Kingdom102 contributions
    Visit all 5 areas
    Where can you see grand halls, incredible tapestries, live horses, high towers, and the throne room? You guessed it! Leave at least 3 hours for this, but you could spend double that enjoying this place in all its glory!
    Visited March 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • David B
    Toronto, Canada360 contributions
    Well worth seeing
    Pretty amazing, shows you how true the Monty Python quote is “It’s good to be the king!” Seriously, huge palace full of grandeur, and feels like you see more of it on this tour than you can at Buckingham or Windsor for example. The craftsmanship throughout is really impressive. We also saw the subterranean ruins and the royal kitchens, but unless you are really into those, I would stick to the palace proper and save your time and energy for other Danish attractions. Note- the architecture here was a bit more impressive but I thought all the furnishings and artifacts at the Rosenborg Palace a few blocks away were more interesting.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Tricia B
    2 contributions
    Worthwhile visit
    This castle was nice to visit. They offer spectacular royal rooms, history, ruins, kitchen, etc. I enjoyed it. Listening to the Useeum app made it really worthwhile as it walks you through each room, its purpose, and some details. I preferred this castle over the Rosenberg. If I could do only one, I would do Christianborg.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 15, 2023
  • GAR
    221 contributions
    Lovely - and quiet!
    I was expecting the palace to be busy, as I went on a Monday when most of Copenhagen’s other museums are closed. However, it was pretty quiet, so I even had some of the rooms to myself. The rooms on display are gorgeous, especially the library. The audio guide is excellent and informative, and the staff are friendly
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 16, 2023
  • RYC88
    Centreville, Virginia1,276 contributions
    Wonderful history and interesting buildings
    You can pick your route through the palace, as there are several areas to visit. In the Royal Apartments, there are beautiful old wooden floors and so everyone has to wear little plastic booties. The decorations were wonderful, but it was the videos about how the palace is used today that were the most interesting. The ruins below the palace are so cool and there's a fun mystery game for the kids to play to add to the history lesson. The only thing that was a little tricky was reading the signs, as it is so dark down there and so we had to use our phone flashlights. There is a lot of backtracking, as it's not clear where to go next and many exhibits end and you have to retrace your steps to get back to the next area. The tower view is part of the ticket price, and there is usually a line to go up, as you have to go through a security checkpoint and the elevators are small and can't fit a lot of people at a time. The view, however, is lovely and there is even a small art exhibit up there. The Royal Kitchens are set up as if they are being used and there were more videos with information about the huge state dinners and how they do and do not actually use the kitchens now. The Royal Stables have a large carriage display and a tremendous amount of information about the royal horses and the roles they played in the ruler's lives. Usually, the stables are full of horses, but the horses were on vacation while we were there - really! They send the horses away to an island for a month each year to let them relax. We were told when we bought our tickets that there were no horses, so it wasn't a surprise. There is so much to see and do, it was easy to spend over two hours walking the whole palace.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,314 contributions
Aug 2019
I visited the palace in August 2019 with the Copenhagen Pass, as part of the self-guided "Copenhagen City Walk" in Rick Steves "Scandinavian & Northern European Cruise Ports Guidebook" (fantastic book!). Wonderful to go through all the big huge rooms, though most did not have a lot of period furniture or decorations. I stumbled upon a free tour and joined in - there were lots of people on it, 30 or 40 people. The guide gave more useful information, though it went on a little too long as my time was very limited, and I had to leave the tour after a few rooms.
Written May 12, 2020
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Wolf72
Stafford23 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
A late decision to visit and so glad we did as it was a real highlight of our trip. The Combi ticket gives you access to everything the palace has to offer and is great value, especially as we used a a 20% off voucher we got from the canal cruise!

All of the staff were so enthusiastic and welcoming. The state rooms and especially the great hall were worth the entry alone. The whole experience was very well thought through. The ruins were incredibly well done and have been made into an immersive experience for children and adults alike. It offers a display of medieval monsters and myths that really bring the beasts up to date by linking them to children’s emotions and mental health which was incredibly powerful.

The kitchens weren’t the most fascinating but very well presented. The stables don’t open until 1pm but were worth returning to later in the day.

A trip to the top of the tower, was free and whilst not the best view you’ll get in the city, it is free and still a great experience.
Written June 9, 2022
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Wilkie_Pal
Harrogate, UK173 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We loved it here. My favourite room was the library - it really is like something out of a fairytale.

We used our Copenhagen cards to get for ‘free’ which I would certainly recommend doing if you’re up for lots of exploring in all of the various sights.
Written March 1, 2020
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Doug
London, United Kingdom95 contributions
Feb 2022
The palace was only finished in around 1930, but is largely in traditional style but with some modern features such as tapestries making it feel that it has moved more with the times, and is well worth the visit. However, I wouldn't recommend paying the extra for the kitchens, as they are relatively small and unremarkable with a random selection of cooking implements and no descriptions or anything unusual at all. The remains of the old palace are also somewhat underhelming, so I'd save your money as each is charged separately or as a combined ticket. The stables were closed when we visited so can't comment on them. I would also recommend booking in for the free parliament tour next door too.
Written February 13, 2022
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sfp58
Coquitlam, Canada181 contributions
Nov 2019
This palace has the 17 modern tapestries that were a gift to Margarethe on her 50th birthday. They are gorgeous. We ran though the place in an hour and a half before closing, but you really should allow more time to see it all. I wish there was more information on the 'Atlas' pillars in an entry hall, because they are wonderful. I have not been able to find any information on who carved them. They were one of the highlights for me. All the Reception Rooms are very grand and lovely to wander through.
Written October 28, 2020
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CarbonChauvinist
146 contributions
Aug 2022
On our visit we saw Royal Reception Rooms, Tower, Kitchen and the Ruins. Rooms take most time and are most impressive attraction. I'd recommend that highly. Danish museums lack in descriptions so some additional guide, maybe online, might be helpful.
Tower is bit tiresome due to waiting, and if you compare it to view from Our Savior's Church, I think it can be skipped. Kitchen is a short tour but very cool. Ruins will be interesting to kids mostly. They look more like museum in the making, and have nothing on Rynek Underground in Cracow.
Overall it's another rich and lenghty attaction worth checking out in Copenhagen.
Written August 21, 2022
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Martina
Croatia30 contributions
Aug 2022
We visited Christiansborg with a Combination Ticket for all areas. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to visit the Royal Kitchen, and as it was our last day in Copenhagen, we couldn't come back the next day. (We also haven't visited the Chapel as it is not open on weekdays.)

The Royal Stables show royal carriages, with the history of each of them neatly displayed. The horses were also in the stables, and they really look majestic! The ticket desk doubles (triples?) as a souvenir shop and museum, there are taxidermied horses and more equestrian stories.

The Royal Ruins are just that - ruins. Walking around felt almost serene, in a way. Again, the entire history of Christiansborg is written throughout the rooms. There is currently a Monster exhibit explaining different 'negative' emotions to children, but the sounds the monster puppets make can scare even adults. If you're visiting with kids, this will definitely make their experience of the ruins more fun!

The Royal Reception Rooms were the final part of our visit and definitely a highlight! It is obvious they take great care of the area, as all visitors are required to wear covers on their shoes and leave all large bags in the free lockers. The tapestry room is obviously wonderful, but the library was one of my favourites! The entire area has a truly rich, royal vibe. (Well, duh, it's a royal palace.)

All the staff are really polite, and if you're arriving later in the day, they will let you know which order you should visit the areas in, to make sure you get to see as much as possible. (The Stables close earlier than the others so keep that in mind!)
Written August 16, 2022
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ali502015
Perth, Australia57 contributions
Jan 2020
Allow yourself several hours to enjoy the State Apartments, the Kitchen, the Ruins and last but by no means less the Royal Stables with the horses, carriages and the amazing story of certain horse and its owner in the ticket area. The State rooms are simply beautiful and are used by the Royal Family for State occasions and receptions. Well worth visiting - a must see!
Written February 6, 2020
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Tubbytummy
London, UK367 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
We visited used the Copenhagen card, there are two types we got the one with transport.

The reception rooms take about 2 to 3 hours. Like most of the museums there are lockers for big bulky coats upon need. Toilets, again another feature we noticed in Copenhagen are first class.

We were getting a bit museums out. There are separate buildings as well as stables, if you into horses could be a places for you, but few stuffed one if you are sensitive be aware. There lot of art and skilled decorations in the buildings. Well worth a visit
Written December 26, 2023
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permia
Ireland40,803 contributions
Oct 2021
After a midday tour of the Parliament with its fine presentation and history it was great to tour this Royal side of the Palace. The third arm of state is also here, namely the judiciary.

Sumptuous rooms follow one after another. Used by the Monarch for receptions, banquets, diplomatic ceremonies, and more they are luxurious with superb ornamentation and decorative flourishes.

Interesting to learn that down the centuries the Palace has been destroyed by fire on two occasions, 1794 and 1884. The current grand edifice was completed in 1928.
Written May 9, 2022
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