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.
christiansborg is housing the danish parlament and is a nice building, both from the inside and the outside.
it´s one of the more open parlaments of this world and you can visit there during daytime hours and walk around the compunds 24 hours a day.
The location of the Christiansborg Palace is the same as the Castle of Bishop Absalon the founder of the city. The Castle was built in 1167 and razed by the Hansa League in 1369. They disliked this stronghold that much that there was sent stonemasons to demolish the castle stone by stone and it was covered with earthworks. Soon after the Hansa League left a new stronghold was made in the same place Copenhagen Castle. Copenhagen Castle was there until Christian VI had it demolished in 1731 to replace it with the first Christiansborg Palace that burned in 1794 and the second Palace was built this to was ravaged by fire. Only the church and some connecting buildings and the stables were saved. During the work on the foundation to the present Palace workers discovered the ruins of Absalon`s Castle and the old Copenhagen Castle. The public interest for preserving the ruins for posterity was tremendous therefore there was made the biggest reinforced concrete structure that Denmark had seen in 1908. And you can now visit it and a exhibition about all the buildings that was made here, in the celler under the Christinasborg Palace.
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)
Not too far from Højbro Plads is Slotsholmen, a small island that houses Christianborg Palace. But instead of royals, you'll find democracy in this ancient palace as the Palace now houses the Folketinget, the Danish Parliament. Only parts of it are still used by the royal family for special occasion. You can take a guided tour in English through the granite and copper structure and ornate royal reception rooms used by the Queen when she receives foreign dignitaries.
May-September, Tuesday-Sunday 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. October-April, Tuesday-Friday and Sunday 11 am and 1 pm. Adults around 27 DKK, children 10 DKK
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.
The Kongelige Stald Etat, or the Royal Mews, at Christiansborg Palace is worth a visit when it is open on weekends. Not only does it house the royal stables with the horses in between marble pillars, it also has a section with all the magnificent royal carriages displayed, including the one used in the last wedding between Mary and Prince Frederik. Finally, there is a small museum telling you about the mews. You can also happen to catch the horses during practice in the paddock outside if you are lucky.
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).
If you want to take a look inside the Christiansborg Palace, a guided tour through De Kongelige Repræsentationslokaler (the Royal Reception Rooms) is absolutely recommendable. Besides the Royal Reception Rooms you’ll pass the Throne Room, the Fredensborg Room, the Royal Chambers, the Great Hall (with Bjørn Nørgaard’s tapestries), the Queen’s Reference Library and the Alexander Room.
I found the tour very interesting and every room had a great story to tell. Maybe the Great Hall was the most interesting with the 17 tapestries describing the history of Denmark. The tapestries were a gift from the Danish business community for Queen Margrethe’s 50th birthday. When you are walking through the Palace, remember to stop and enjoy the view of the surrounding squares from the windows.
Check their webpage for info about opening hours and admission fees. Before entering the Palace you must put on soft overshoes to protect the floors. You’re not allowed to take photos inside the Palace – but smoking is allowed… if you are the Queen of Denmark…
Christiansborg has several sights like:
The Royal Reception Rooms
The Palace Church
The Riding Ground Complex
The Royal Stable and Coach Museum
The Theatre Museum
The Royal Library Gardens
Each of these sights can be visited seperately. Look on the website for opening hours, entrance fees and other info.
This is the latest of several castles to stand on the site as the previous one was raged by fire for instance. Today, it houses the Danish parliament and on its famous balcony, the Prime minister declares the new monarch when one dies and is succeeded by the next in line. In the complex, you will also find the royal mews with its horses and the old Marble Bridge, which has survived its previous castle.
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.
If you think that visiting parliament is not a big deal, try to do that in my home-country Lithuania and you will see how complicated it is. So I was kinda excited to visit Danish parliament so easy even it's not my favorite thing walking in guided tours. Just come at 2pm when they have English guided tours and GO..:) One problem only - usually most of coming people are Danish so the guide speaks Danish and it doesn't matter if that's "English guided tour" hour..:) Though I must say he tried to make a short summary for us in English as well and thanks for that. The parliament is quite nice and really worth visiting.
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)
The Ruins under Christiansborg Palace is a very interesting place and tell the story of Copenhagen’s founding and the site’s development over more than 800 years. In 1902 archaeologists discovered the remains of the Blue Tower from København Slot (Copenhagen Castle) and in 1907 workmen - carrying out excavation work for the foundations of the third Christiansborg Palace – discovered the ruins of Absalons Borg (Absalon’s Castle).
The Ruins have been open the public since 1924, and were restored in 2006-2007. At the same time the exhibitions were modernised with models and films about the first and second Christiansborg Palaces.