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One of the most beautiful buildings in Copenhagen is Christiansborg Palace. Once the main residence of the royal family, the queen continues to use large parts of Christiansborg Palace for gala dinners, parties, and formal receptions. If you are looking for things to do while on vacation in Denmark, there is plenty to see at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen to keep you busy for the better part of a day.
What makes this palace remarkable is that it has an amazing history that dates back to 12th century. Since that time, it has been rebuilt three times due to fire! It was during the third rebuild that it was discovered that there were actually two other castles in this space previously (Absalon’s Castle and Copenhagen Castle).
Today, Christiansborg Palace is the home to the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court and the offices of the Prime Minister. During your tour, you will be able to see inside many of the reception rooms as well as other rooms that are open to the public. If you are planning to go, there are 10 things to see at Christiansborg Palace.
10 things to see at Christiansborg Palace
- Royal Jewels. On display is one set of tiaras and diamond hair pieces worn by women in the royal family.
- The Throne Room. While the King & Queen no longer sit on the throne, it is the place in which all of Denmark’s rulers have been proclaimed.
- The Queen’s tapestries. To mark Queen Margrethe II’s 50th birthday in 1990, a series of 11 tapestries depicting 100o years of Danish history were given from the Danish business community. These tapestries are exquisite full of beautiful colors and very detailed.
- The Queen’s Library. While many of the books have been moved to the current residence of the Queen (Amalienborg), the library is no less superb!
- The Royal Reception Rooms are beautifully decorated and wreak of opulence. You can imagine the leaders of other countries mingling here or ladies in fancy dresses dancing in the ballroom.
- The Royal Stables & the Show Grounds are now all that remain of the first Christiansborg Palace. The stables were the only building to survive the fire.
- King Christian IX’s equestrian statue was commissioned after the King’s death and took 21 years to finish
- The Tower is the tallest in Copenhagen and free to enter. It will give you amazing views of Copenhagen!
- The Palace Chapel. The Danish Royal Family uses this chapels for family baptisms, confirmations and officials lying in state.
- Ruins. In the underground excavations under Christiansborg Palace, you can explore the ruins of the first two buildings on the site: Bishop Absalon’s medieval castle and the fairytale Copenhagen Castle, which was demolished in 1731.
We loved spending time at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. Be sure to take our advice and get the Copenhagen Card. It will get you free admission the the palace, the stables and the ruins among all the other great sites in Copenhagen. If you purchase tickets to Christiansborg Palace on your own, know that kids under 18 are FREE!
Have you been to Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen? What are your thoughts?