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“The Ruins”

Christiansborg Palace
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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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“The Ruins”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

If you are interested in history I would definitely recommend that you visit the ruins. Tickets are 40DKK per person which is a little over £4, and to be honest I wasn't expecting much more than a pile of rocks! However I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of information available, all of which was also in English! As the ruins are below ground it is quite dark and the temperature does drops slightly but it wasn’t busy on our visit so it was nice and quiet! Halfway through the ruins there is a small seating area with a large screen playing a short video about the two fires which burnt the palace down in the 18th and 19th century – This is subbed in English. Overall I’d say we spent a little over an hour down there reading all of the information available watching the video and just looking around! Definitely worth a visit!

Visited October 2012
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“Beautiful and fascinating place to visit.”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

My daughter and I visited the palace not knowing what to expect but it was a truly beautiful place. We especially liked the tapestries in one of the main rooms. Fascinating. Would highly recommend a visit.

Visited September 2012
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“Amazing Tapestries!!!!!!”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

We did the reception room tour, rather than the three ticket tour that included the stables. The reception rooms are lovely, but pretty standard castle fare, though we did enjoy them.
But the real eye popper here was the Grand Hall, which has been hung with a series of modern handmade tapestries, created for the Queen's birthday five or six years ago. The tapestries, which took ten years to create, and line all four walls, are historical montages. Each tapestry is devoted to a particular period, and has brilliantly colorful collages of scenes from the era, along with faces of the royal family and important advisors. You could easily spend an hour looking at the intricate designs. My daughter spent fifteen minutes trying to identify the faces on the tapestry representing the 20th century. She found everyone from Mao to Elvis.
The tapestries just made the entire visit for me. They were totally unexpected, and one of the most enjoyable pieces of art I've seen in many a moon. Btw, I would have happily bought a needlepoint kit, had one been available. They are missing the boat!

Visited September 2012
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Had a chance to visit the Reception Rooms, as well as the Copenhagen castle ruins.
The palace, from the outside, is impressive as you could see from anywhere around it. Not too fancy, but nicely designed and structured. The reception rooms tour is worth the visit (especially for Copenhagen Card holders as it's free) as you have a guide walking with you all the way explaining things you might miss on when walking solo.

The ruins downstairs are also quite interesting, giving a nice history image of Copenhagen, the castle and Denmark. Also free with the CPHcard.

Visited September 2012
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“Atmospheric ruins under the Palace were the highlight”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

We loved the ruins under the Palace as much as the Palace itself which is also very interesting . The ruins show excavated walls and stones from the previous palaces on the site dating back more than 800years. In 1167 bishop Absalon built his castle on a small island outside the port of Havn . The ruins show how the palace developed over the centuries being a fortress,a castle and a palace . Specially interesting are the models reconstructing the castle and the story of how the palace burnt down twice ! There is a short film about these .
Upstairs in the palace there are massive tapestries and the usual trappings which are also worth seeing . We found the tapestries a bit overwhelming as they depict a thousand years of Danish history . You can imagine how much tapestry there is !
You need tickets for both the Palace and the Ruins and though we bought one which included the Stables and Carriages we didn't get to see the horses as they were away for the summer and the timescales meant we didn't have time to see the carriages but without the horses we weren't too interested.

Visited August 2012
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