Christiansborg Palace is built on top of the ruins of succesive other forts, castles and palaces built on the same site starting with the fort of Bishop Absalom in 1167, which was the first building on the site of Copenhagen
Christiansborg Palace has since 1849 housed Folketinget (The Danish Parliament) – except from the period from 1884 to 1918 when Christiansborg Palace was destroyed by a fire.
There are 179 Members of Folketinget, but more than 1,200 people work here at the Parliament. There are also more than 80,000 people coming every year to meet politicians or to visit the Parliament. Openness is an important part of Danish political culture, and therefore you have the opportunity to see Folketinget from inside:
From July 1st to September 13th 2013, there are free guided tours in English available Monday through Friday at 1pm, and also all year round on Sundays and Holidays at 1pm (check the webpage for exact dates). You can pick up your ticket at the main entrance from 10am, and then be at the entrance again about 15 minutes before your tour. If you want to witness a session in the Chamber you must contact the front desk at the main entrance. Normally there are no sessions in June and July, but check their webpage to see the schedule.
Christiansborg Castle is a complex of government buildings, including the Parliament, Supreme Court, and Prime Minister's office.
The current Christiansborg actually is the third castle. It was built from 1907 to 1928 (the first one was completed in 1745).
Original tiles were replaced with copper in 1937-1938. Later a weather vane with two crowns was added to the tower and at 106 meters became the tallest tower in the city.
The royal family has not lived at Christianborg for over 200 years but still uses the palace for special occasions.
Admission: 45 DKK for children; 95 DKK for adults; 75 DKK for groups; 75 DKK for students
Christiansborg palace is the former Royal Palace that now housing the Parliament(Folketing), the Danish Supreme Court but also the Prime Minister Office, Royal Reception Rooms, the Chapel of Palace, The Royal stables etc.
It was built on the same site where the ruins of Absalon Castle (it was built in 1167 but demolishes some centuries later) were, in our days you can see the ruins beneath the palace. Although another palace was built in 1738 and then in 1803 what we see today was finished just in 1928.
We didn’t really visit the palace, ok we knew tha Danish monarch is one of the oldest, that Queen Margrethe II is in charge but we had already seen many palaces and castles in Denmark.
So what we did was just to walk the main main gate (pic 1) take some photos of the palace from the inner yard (pic 2) where you can also see the large statue of King Christian IV (pic 3)
To visit the palace you have to go the back side (pic 4) and pay 70DKK for taking a 50’ tour with a guide (in English). You cant do it on your own (I guess for security reasons) We preferred to skip it so we took some pictures at the entrance hall (pic 5) and preferred to go and enjoy Thorvaldseng museum (see next tip)
Denmark's Parliament is housed in what was once the Royal Palace. The Danish Royal Family still operate out of the same building. This makes for a unique Parliament, where all the powers of government, executive, like the White House, legislative, like the US Senate, and judicial, like the Supreme Court, are all housed in the same building.
The Parliament building thus goes back centuries, to the very earliest days of Copenhagen. The Parliament is built upon the ruins of Absalon's Castle, the warrior-bishop who founded the city. This castle was built in 1167, and destroyed a couple of centuries later by the Hanseatic League. But its ruins can be seen today, beneath the Palace.
The Palace is built on Christiansborg, and is surrounded by other important buildings. To the right as you look at it is the Christiansborg Palace Church, and to the left is the Danish stock exchange (Boersen).
Is situated on the inlet of'Slotsholmen'in the centre of Copenhagen,it is the seat of the Danish Parliament,The Danish Prime Ministers Office and The Danish Supreme Court.Also several parts are used by the Monarchy,including the Royal Reception Rooms,the Palace Chapel and the Royal Stables.
The present building is the last in a series of of successive castles and palaces constructed on the same site since the erection of the of the first castle in 1167.There have been three Palaces re built here,the first in 1738,the second in 1803 and the third in was finished in 1928.Beneath the present Palace lie the ruins of Bishop Absalon's Castle and Copenhagen Castle,when the foundations of the present Palace were being cast workers found ruins of several buildings and parts of a curtain wall.Experts were called in from The National Museum of Denmark and the ruins which lay beneath the inner Palace yard were unearthed,public interest in theses ruins which dated back to 1167,was tremendos.
I'm sure we passed Christiansborg Castle Square in Copenhagen, Denmark because we have these pictures of a statue which I think is of Christian IX in the middle. It is the site of a complex of government buildings, including the Parliament, Supreme Court, and Prime Minister's office, but we only saw it from the bus. I understand that the royal family has not lived at Christianborg for over 200 years, but uses the palace for special occasions. You can't wander around the palace alone, but there is a 50-minute English language tour of the palace for 60 kroner.
I think we also passed other palaces and castles like Rosenburg Castle and Amalienborg , and took picture of the coats of arms on the pediments and other architectural decorations.
The Former Royal palace Christiansborg was constructed in 1928. Now there are the Parliament (Folketing) and the Danish government.
The building existing nowadays was erected on a place of earlier constructions. The castle of bishop Absalon was the most ancient of them. The city began from this castle. Fragments of the base kept only.
Though the most part of the palace is closed for a review, there are excursions to former apartments of kings. A museum of carriages and a museum of theatre are opened also in the palace. (entrance under the main arch, Saturday-Sunday 14.00-16.00) .
It is possible to examine the palace church restored after a fire 1922. The monument of king Christian IV is installed in a palace court yard.
A severe example of neo-classicism, designed by Danish architect C. F. Hansen and consecrated in the late 1820s. The Royal Family takes part in official ceremonies here on State occasions. Open to the public on Sundays throughout the year, and daily in July.
The current palace is the fourth building to be built here the previous castles and buildings have either been knocked down and rebuilt by the kings of that time or destroyed by fire. The building which is currently on this site dates back to the early part of the 19th centuary it did however require some rebuilding after a fire in 1894. This building was originally built for and used by the royal family. Today however it used for the Danish parliment (Folketinget) and there are daily guided tours to the chambers in English at 2pm except in winter when it is only on a sunday.
This place houses the Danish Parliament and is right on the river across from Christianshavn. Under the palace is the ruins of a castle belonging to the Bishop of Absalon, founder of Copenhagen. We didn't feel like the guided tour was worth the effort, but this was one of our last stops in an extremely long day of walking.
Queen Margrethe II is the monarch of denmark, the oldest monarchy in the world.
If you like a look in to the rooms of some of the last functions of the danish monarchy you can take a guided tour. It will take about 50 minutes and has a admission fee of 50 kroner (around 8 $). The Guide we had was very informative and had a fine knowledge of the palace.
The tours are in english. To get on it you have to go to the inner yard of the palace.
(1/5-30/9 11am and 3pm)
(1/6-31/8 11am, 1pm and 3 pm)
(1/10-30/4 Tue,Thur,Sat,Sun at 3pm)
Christiansborg Slot was built in 1907 by King Frederik VIII. It now houses the government offices of the National Parliament and Supreme Court. This is the third Christiansborg Palace to be built on this site, as the two previous ones had burnt down in fires.
You are able to take a free tour of Christiansborg, however I just walked through/around it (I was following Hans Christen Andersen’s footsteps at the time) and ended up going into the Library gardens next door for a while.
Since the gals were too lazy to take a tour of Christiansborg Slot, they toured the large rambling grounds by themselves . How huge it was ! They were not at all surprised that the courtyard was once used as royal riding grounds. When they reached the northern side of the palace, they got a little spooked by the large trojan-like soldiers. They also went beneath Christiansborg Slot where they saw ruins of two even older buildings on the site, namely Absalon's Castle and Copenhagen Castle.
Christiansborg, located on an island in the center of Copenhagen, was built as the royal residence, but today is the home of Denmark's Government. It houses the Danish Parliament & Prime Minister, the Supreme Court, and the official Royal Reception Area. The original building on this site was Absalom's castle (1167) and later the small Christiansborg Castle. They were replaced from 1730 to 1745 by the first Christiansborg Palace building, then later by two more after a series of fires. The current palace is the third Christiansborg to occupy this site, and it was completed in 1928. Parts of the original construction of Absalom's castle are still visible, such as the foundation, which can be seen on a tour into the depths of the palace's subterranean passages. Like many of the historic and important buildings in Denmark, the roof is made of copper which corrodes to a greenish color over time.
Tours are available to the Royal Reception Rooms, the castle ruins, and the parliament chamber (free).