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Christiansborg Palace
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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.
Reviewed November 9, 2012

Much better than expected. Huge old doors open automatically on the outside. The floors are so highly polished you have to put on plastic overshoes. What a change to see the cleaners buffing while you walk around! The old palace remains underground are also interesting and worth visiting.Fantastic wall hangings.

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is the 3rd palace built on the site, the first two having burned. The Royal Family doesn't live there but they hold receptions and other large events there. Many things to see on the site, including stables, ruins, the supreme court, parliament, besides the Royal Reception Rooms. New tapestries were woven for the Queens 60th birthday and are fascinating to "read."

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The palace looks new and well-maintained it is so much better than some other palaces in Europe. It would be nicer if there is an audio guide or more descriptions/information in each room. Quite a nice visit.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

While the palace itself is gorgeous and contains wonderful rooms and artifacts from Danish History...finding the entrance to the main palace was troublesome as there was no clear signage. Thankfully, the locals were very helpful and guided me to where the entrance of the main palace was. Bizarrely, the stables and ruins were clearly marked!!!

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Reviewed October 27, 2012

It is definitely recommended to pay a visit to Christianborg Palace when in Copenhagen. The Royal Chambers/Reception, underground chamber housing the burnt remains of the historic fire that burnt portions of the palace, adjacent Church are all worth a visit. It also houses the present day Parliament of the country.

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