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Royal Palaces in Copenhagen

Denmark might not be a top traveler’s choice but it is absolutely worth visiting. As they say, well-advertised product is not always the best, while there are gems that simply do not need any advertising. They are for the ones who dare to hold them in their hands and are ready to respect.

If you have at least riffled through the pages of Denmark, then you already know that it’s one of the most triumphant countries. And throughout the years Denmark has come to be the country closest to the concept of diplomacy. Denmark can be explored from various angles and two friends traveling to Denmark together might discover two different Denmarks.

Copenhagen
Photo by Frank Schmidt

Whatever it is Denmark has never disappointed its visitors. In its turn, the Danish capital is fascinating. It breathes in and breathes out the old and the modern, the past and the present and makes its visitors simply fall in love with it. Out of the many Danish cities this one truly bears the title of the capital and thus, has much to offer.

Overall, there are lots of places to visit in Copenhagen and there are lots of things to do but there is one thing not to miss doing – to explore royal Copenhagen, which will grab your hand and take you to centuries back. Royal Copenhagen is something to see, and thus here are a few royal palaces to see in front of your eyes and of course, to take a sea of pictures!

Amalienborg
Photo by Andy Beal Photography

Amalienborg Palace –  Amalienborg Palace is the winter residence of the Danish royal family. The royal palace includes four different palaces built by four noble families in the middle of the 18th century. The construction was launched upon the order of King Frederick V.

In late 18th century, the king moved to the four palaces. Back then and up to this day it’s considered one of the masterpieces of Rococo architecture. It is regarded as such not only in Denmark but also in all Europe.

All visitors of the palace will beyond doubt witness the Changing of the Guards which takes place at noon every day. As a rule, if the Queen is in the palace, then the change of guards is a real ceremony. It’s called the King’s Watch. And also, be prepared a bit of Danish culture as well, since the changing process will be accompanied by the Royal Guards music band. However, if the queen or the princes are not there, then there is usually no music.

Christiansborg
Photo by arne.list

Christiansborg – If you are ever asked which is the presently the most important building in all Denmark, don’t think further. It’s the amazing Palace of Christiansborg which is regarded as the center of Danish democracy. It’s where the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister’s office and the Royal Reception Rooms are concentrated.

Interestingly, on the site of the present-day palace there were other palaces dating to earlier periods. Many Danish kings have married there, but the palaces erected here have more than once been ruined. Thus the palace you will visit today and part of which is open to public was built on the ruins of “older” palaces and dates to early 20th century.

Frederiksborg
Photo by stephencurtin

Frederiksborg – Frederiksberg Castle dates back to 1699. It was built by crown prince Frederik whose goal was to build a summer palace. This summer palace was to be comparatively smaller, however things changed when he inherited the throne. The king wished to have a larger palace, and who can oppose to the king’s will? The palace was ready to welcome its honorary resident already in 1703.

The palace was the king’s beloved place and had some power that used to drive the king to this palace where he would spend most of his time without any major wish to go to Copenhagen (the palace is located a few kilometers from Copenhagen). The palace also has its own church.

Rosenborg
Photo by archer10 (Dennis)

Rosenborg – Magnificent! This is the first idea that occurs at seeing this wonderful building located a few kilometers from the central part of the capital city. The idea of building Rosenborg Castle belongs to the then King Christian IV who wanted to have a summer residence. The King also ordered that there be a private bathroom, which went into history as “the King’s secret room”.

This palace is open to visitors and contains precious crown jewels and regalia.

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