Christiansborg Palace

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Christiansborg Palace Copenhagen Reviews

Vikram Vikram
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It's a complex of attractions, only one's really worth it! Jul 11, 2016
Christiansborg Palace or Slot (in Danish) is all sorts of things, not just a palace. Today it is a major tourist attraction (more on that later),the seat of the Danish Parliament (Folketinget), the Danish Prime Minister's Office and the Supreme Court of Denmark. Also, several parts of the palace are used by the Danish monarch, including the Royal Reception Rooms, the Palace Chapel and the Royal Stables. To summarise it's houses all three supreme powers: the executive power, the legislative power, and the judicial power (According to Wiki, it is the ONLY building in the world that houses all three of a country's branches of government).

From a history perspective, it's third time lucky! It's the last in a series of successive castles and palaces constructed on the same site since the erection of the first castle in 1167, many lost due to a fire.

So, coming to why I'm here - the attractions!!

There are about half a dozen listed

The Theatre Museum, The Royal Stables, Thorvaldsen's Museum, the Royal Reception Rooms, the Royal Kitchen, Ruins under Christiansborg Palace and The Palace Chapel. Of this, only the Chapel is free. Everything else is paid, and covered in the Copenhagen Card as well.

I visited everything except the Theatre Museum.

By far the highlight was the Royal Reception rooms - "grand" doesn't begin to wear it. You're asked to lock away your bags in the storage, and then wear plastic shoes so as to not damage the dainty wooden floors, and you're guided through vast expansive rooms of artwork, decor, furniture, a library that contains invitations for the Royal to join various organisations and knighthoods, tapestries, etc. This easily takes an hour and my advice is - SOAK IN IT and enjoy it.

Why? Because the remaining attractions are middling at best. The Royal Stables didn't have the best carriages on display (I know it's not fair, but nothing close to Buckingham Palace's Royal Mews or the museum I'd seen in Lisbon), the Royal Kitchen looked "modern", didn't feel like a tourist attraction but more like walking through a fancy department store. I did like Thorvaldsen's Museum (check out my separate review).

The only other place worth a merit was the brilliant Ruins - again, yes, they're "just" ruins. But they've been beautifully arranged and the flow and explanation is impeccable. You really understand history, the 3 great structures (all of different styles) and how the underground plumbing was catered and changed to each of those. I normally am not a big fan of ruins and catacombs but I thought this was a nice experience.

All in all, a must-see attraction. I'd prioritise the Royal Reception rooms, museum and ruins (in that order). Everything else - give it a miss!

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Outside the Palace "complex"
the Palace "complex"
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Royal Reception Rooms
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