Copenhagen Palaces Reviews
Aug 03, 2007
One of the best things about royalty is the plethora of palaces they have -- and that you can see a lot of them. Needless to say, with my love of royalty, Copenhagen was a great place to go! I visited Rosenborg and Amalienborg, as well as the ruins of Absalon's castle that are under Christianborg.
None of these palaces takes very long to go through, though perhaps when the Rosenborg renovations are done in 2008 that palace would take the most time. Plus, the King's Garden's are right next to it, and there is a lot to explore there on a nice day. Rosenborg was built by Christian IV as a summer getaway outside of the city. Now it's clearly in the city, and the royal family no longer lives there. Still, it has a lot of stuff in it. I was only able to see four rooms of the actual palace. However, the treasury was still open, and that was great. A *huge* jeweled sword and three crowns were most definitely the highlights. There is also a lot of ivory and amber products, and clearly the royals have had an interest in brewing beer over the years, too. Rosenborg also has a 45-minute film about the building and Christian IV that runs every hour at 15 minutes past the hour. The film is shown concurrently in English and Danish so you don't have to deal with subtitles. It might be best if you arrive in time to watch the movie first before seeing the rooms of the castle.
Amalienborg is the where the royal family lives when they are in Copenhagen -- which, incidentally, is never in the summer. There are only a few rooms that are on the tour, but they are full of photographs. The Danish royal family, like anyone else a century or so ago, was impressed with the new technology of photography, and they took many pictures of their family, especially since they could afford to do so. What is really great is that the Danish royal family was connected to all the other royal houses of Europe, so there are several photographs which have King George of England, Tsar Alexander III of Russia (he married Princess Dagmar who became Maria Fedorova), and also a young Nicholas (who became Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia). So many royals together in a casual settle is something you rarely see. Also, there is a special exhibit at the moment entitled 60 years of style with Queen Ingrid. She passed away in 2000 (she was the mother of current Queen Margarethe), and it is a lot of her dresses on display, with many of the photographs surrounding the collection from when she wore the gowns. Quite nice!
If you want to see both Rosenborg and Amalienborg, you can get a combined ticket for 80 DKr. However, students automatically get a discount of 40 DKr. for each of those two palaces, so in that case there is no need for the combined ticket.
The ruins of Absalon's castle (built in the 1100s) are underneath Christanborg Palace, wihch is where the current parliament meets. The site has held two castles and three palaces (the first two palaces each burned down) but when the palace was rebuilt at the beginning of the 1900s, they found some of the original structure of the first castle there. The ruins have been opened to the public since the mid-1920s, which is cool that the government realized the importance of them so early. Even though you walk around below ground and stare at lots of different rocks and stones, the history that accompanies the ruins is quite good and informative, placing the ruins within their context. There are quite a few other museums to see that are part of the Christianborg complex, though many of them have restricted times and there is no combined ticket for all of those museums together that I know of (except perhaps the Copenhagen card).
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