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“If you visit one thing in Copenhagen make it Christianborg 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 April 9, 2014

Initially very hard to find as the Danes don't seem to like putting up advertising or signs, this was well worth the visit once we found it!

An amazing palace that is light and airy and has wonderful interpretation boards giving information as you wander round - not too detail heavy but giving you enough information about each room or major object.

The fact that this is part of a working parliament building and yet they are concerned enough to make you wear shoe portectors to avoid damaging the lovely floor just adds to a special atmosphere that the place has.

With wonderful (museum worthy) artwork, beautiful rooms and polite and friendly staff I would recommend anyone going to Copenhagen to make this a stop on your trip.

3  Thank Meklin
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

I booked an English speaking tour in advance through the parliaments website.

There is no charge for this and if like us you are fans of the Borgen tv series this is a must.

Tours take place every Sunday at 1p.m and you must arrive 15 minutes beforehand in order to go through security.

On arrival there are storage lockers for a refundable 20DKK deposit, you can take pictures during the tour also.

Our tour guide was a civil servant of the parliament, his English was excellent and we were taken through at a reasonable pace.

This was an informative and very interesting 45 minutes or so and gave great insight into the workings of Danish democracy and partliamentary history, well worth it and completely free.

2  Thank Eddie B
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

The tour is fun, and I loved the fact we were left alone to wander round when it was finished. The new tapestries are a hoot - I didn't expect to find Marx or the Beatles, far less to see the Queen and Prince Henrik depicted as Adam and Eve. (Clothed.)

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Reviewed April 5, 2014

Visit made especially good as met a couple of the royal horses out for morning exercise :) Apart from difficulty locating the entrance !!! This is well worth the visit and a minimum of two hours needed to do justice to the rooms and their contents.

1  Thank David W
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Pleasantly surprised!! Beautiful!! Free with Copenhagen card. Also must see the stables!!! Another surprise!!

Thank patbrs
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