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“A Truly Royal Palace”

Christiansborg Palace
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Grand Inner City Tour of Copenhagen
Ranked #9 of 352 things to do in Copenhagen
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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“A Truly Royal Palace”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

+ Magnificent interior, velvet and gilded walls
+ Beautiful, colorful tapestries
- Only one floor available for viewing by commoners

Visited August 2012
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“Very nice palace”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

We really enjoyed our tour through Christiansborg Palace. We found the ruins to be very interesting and with lots of good information. We also enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful rooms in the palace itself. There was a lot of interesting info about the palace, and I would definitely recommend seeing it to anyone going to Copenhagen.

Visited June 2012
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“Oh, the tapestry room.”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

Wandering through the rooms. Admiring the views from the windows. Laying on the sofas, staring up at the ceilings in the Tapestry room. Meeting fellow travellers with thier little blue shoe covers... what fun.

Visited August 2012
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“Interesting..Take the guided tour for the reception rooms”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

The Christiansborg palace is an interesting building standing on its own island within the city of Copenhagen and is the seat of the Danish parliament , prime ministers office and the Supreme court. Also, the monarchy uses some parts of the buildings occasionally thereby making the palace quite an interesting place. I am not sure if you can visit the parliament and the other buildings but the main attractions to visit here are - the royal reception rooms, the ruins and the royal stables. You can buy a combined ticket for all three of them. The royal reception rooms are fabulous and quite opulent (especially the tapestries).My personal favorite was the royal library. It's a pity that no photography is allowed inside. Be sure to take the guided tour for the royal reception rooms as there is not much signage in all the rooms. The ruins are also quite fascinating as they show the remains of the palaces previously built on this site. There is an audio visual presentation that tells the story of the devastating fire that destroyed the previous palaces. The ruins are reasonably well signposted and are worth a visit. Also, our guide told us that the royal chapel is open for visitors on Sunday. All in all, recommended to get a taste of how royalty lives and entertains.

Visited December 2011
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“Start in the ruins.”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

Just got back from spending a lovely hour at Christiansborg Palace, I only spent an hour there as I got an hour before closing, this meant I missed viewing the stables as they closed at 4pm. Ah well, I'll save that for next time.
The rooms are beautiful, so much detail in every nook and crany!! I do wish I had more time to wander to palace and really take it all in.
I also wish I had seen the ruins first, to start with what it was before and see the foundations of the Palace. There is a short film about the fires that ruined the first two palaces and they talk about what was saved and how it tore through the palace, to have watched this first and then have seen all the beautiful interiors would've made much more of an impact.

The staff are lovely and very helpful, the security guard let me finish watching the last 2 minutes of the film before closing up the ruins, very kind of him.

My favorite pieces in Christianborg Palace are the pillars in the ticket hall, didn't even really notice them when I walked in, it was only when I was leaving did I see that they weren't just plain pillars, quite different to everything else you see on the tour of the palace which is all so pretty and cherub-tastic!

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