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Christiansborg Palace
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Grand Inner City Tour of Copenhagen
Ranked #9 of 356 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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“Great tour”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

There is so much to see so it was helpful to join the free tour conducted in English who kindly pointed out the highlights of this historical Palace.

Visited June 2013
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“Guided tour at 3pm wirth it. ”
Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

We made it to the Palace with about 40 minutes to an hour to spare before the guided tour of the Reception Rooms.

This was just nice for a stroll arounf the palace grounds and a visit to the Royal Stables.

At 3pm, we had a local staff of the slot take us on the tour. He was very knowledgable and even helped us piece together some of Danish history. He took us through the Grant Hall, Alexander Hall and even gave us info on the Queen's tapestries. This is something that wouldve probably been lost on us without him.

We learnt that the Parliament, Court and monarchy all run on the same building and he explained how the rooms were used by the different groups for various purposes.

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“An official, but unofficial, tour”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

I've visited this place many times before while I grew up in Copenhagen and took many of my relatives/friends here and still have this "official" and "unofficial" feel of the tour. "Official" feel is because I feel like I'm the ambassador being received by the Queen. The "unofficial" feel is because I'm not a state official. Although I've been here many times, I still feel fascinated by the decorations, the tapestries, the paintings, etc. I certainly recommend this place to everyone who visits Copenhagen.

Visited July 2013
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“Excellent tour”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

Christianborg is a royal palace and house of danish parliament. Visit of the royal appartments is a must for 80kk.(included with oh card) . i appreciated the royal danica porcelain cabinet. all the rooms are well preserved and decorated. The ruins are closed and the horses in the royal mews are in """vacation"".
Every weekday, at 10:00am ,they released 25 tickets for a free guided tour of the parliament. You can also do a request online 2 days an advance. You have to go at the entance of the parliament not at the admission for the appts. The visit last 45 minutes and was very interesting. We
Could see lots of salons, old debate room, the chamber. We really enjoy it.

Visited July 2013
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

The royal receptions rooms are in the first floor in Christianborg slot. These rooms are used by the royal family for official functions and also used by the prime minister. These rooms are well preserved and decorated. The ceilings are impressive, the tapestries, paintings. I really enjoyed the throne room with the famous balcony which the danish monarch are proclaimed . We spoke with a security guard and we learned a lot on danish monarchy with him. Queen Margrethe seems to be a queen very closed to her people, very nice person. The admssion is 80kk (included with CPH card) and you have to wear blue pastic to cover your shoes to prevent the floor tiles.
Definitely something to see. Unfortunately, the ruins were closed

Visited July 2013
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