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“Another "Don't Miss"”

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 July 23, 2014

One of the Copenhagen treasures that is surely a "don't miss." Amazing to think it has been re-built multiple times. Today it is used for government offices...Supreme Court, Parliament , ect.

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Reviewed July 23, 2014

This a a charming palace - it has a light and attractive feel and avoids that rather heavy ponderousness of some UK Royal establishments. We specially loved the Flora Danica dinner service and the delightful wildflife paintings done by Alfred Christiansen, a houspainter working on the Palace. When the royal family discovered he was an amateur artist, they commissioned him to do paintings for the Palace. Again, this is refreshingly egalitarian and without royal pomp - a model of how a royal family should behave, if you're going to have one! No wonder the Danish royals are so popular with the people.

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Reviewed July 23, 2014

Even if you don't have a lot of time the walk around the grounds is worth the time! Beautiful fountains, walkways, flowers.

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Reviewed July 21, 2014

My husband and I spent nearly 3 hours enjoying what Christiansborg Palace had to offer and we did not visit the stables or ruins! The Palace was beautifully presented and well maintained.
Good information was available in English.
We visited the Palace Chapel first. This was free for anyone to visit.

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Reviewed July 20, 2014

If palatially modest is a term, this would be it. It is by all means grand, but not overwhelmingly so. Tasteful, in a word. Worthwhile a visit.

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