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“Yet another magnificent palace”

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 June 20, 2013 via mobile

The reception rooms were fascinating and eye-popping in their opulence and extravagance. Don't forget to pick up blue plastic shoe covers before you enter so you can squish-squash your way across grand halls and majestic rooms like the library, a room often borrowed by the Prime Minister to host dinners. Quite a few museums are nearby: the Thorvaldsens Museum inconspicuously next to it, the Dansk Jodisk Museum (a ten-minute walk away) and the National Museum across Frederiksholm Kanal (a five-minute walk away). You can also get to Christiansborg Slot via the road stretching out from the Stork Fountain, away from the very busy shopping street, Amagertorv, where the Royal Copenhagen flagship store is.

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Unlike Buckingham Palace, you can get up close at Christiansborg Palace. Not a whole lot to see (it is after all just a building) but for an Aussie you can see where Princess Mary calls home. The guards (much like the English Guards) are also interesting to watch as they change guard.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

A very interesting Palace right in downtown. Quite the story of the fires that destroyed the palace twice. Beautiful rooms, although not much furniture in many of them. Some unique tapestries on display in the main hall. You can also visit the stables for a quick visit. Don't miss the underground ruins which are below the palace and show the ruins of the foundations of previous structures on the site, It's really very interesting to see all of the ruins. Underground would also be a nice, cool place to visit if it were a warm day.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Huge and spectacular building on the islet of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, is the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister's Office and the Danish Supreme Court.

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Right in the middle of Copenagen, Christianborg Slot is a worthwhile museum stop, particularly if you like archeology. The ancient castle ruins are a must see as are the modern day reception rooms used by the Royal Famiy and the Prime Minister. .

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