Rosenborg Palace & Kongens Have, Copenhagen
Rosenborg Castle was originally built by Christian IV as a country summerhouse, but up to 1624 it was developed into the Dutch Renaissance castle we know today. The castle houses the Royal Danish Collections of interiors, portraits and handicrafts from Christian IV to Frederik VII. After many years at Christiansborg, Christian V's tapestries were returned to Rosenborg in 1999, where they can now be viewed by the public, while the Treasury houses the well-guarded Crown Jewels.
Next to the beautiful castle with it's interior there is a nice park around it, which has two names the southern side is named Kongens Have and the northern side Rosenborg Have. A nice spot to have a picnic.
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Rosenborg Castle is a renaissance castle located in the centre of Copenhagen.The castle was originally built as a country summer house in 1606 and is an example of 'Christian IV's'architectural projects.It was built in the Dutch Renaissance style,typical of buildings from this era,and has been expanded several times,finally evolving into its present condition by the year 1624.The castle was used by Danish Regents as a Royal residence until around 1710.Inside the castle are numerous treasures,antiques and paintings from various periods of royalty,including the Kings Throne,Crowns and weaponry.
Price:75DK per adult
20DK to take photos(inside the rooms)
All bags must be left in a locker and not taken into the castle
Lockers are in the ticket office and require 20DK deposit(returned after tour)
Rosenborg Castle (Rosenburg Slot) was built in 1624 in dutch renaissance style. It is in the centre of Copenhagen but it was originally built (in 1606) as a summerhouse. The royal family used it for residence until 1710 and then only for some “red alert” situations like the big fire in 1794 and 7 years later during the british attack. Of course at the same time the Danish people just had to survive in their small little houses while the royals were enjoying the luxurious grande castle which is another fine example of so many architectural projects that King Christian IV created.
In our days (actually since 1838) is a museum that houses the Royal Collections.
Although the palace is 400 years old a lot of the things you see today are from later periods like the stucco ceiling at the Long Hall is from 18th century. Of course most of the visitors come to check, admire and feel jealous about the crown jewels. As expected you can see the comfortable beds that the royals used to sleep, items they used, some kitch decoration, thrones, chairs, huge tables, tapestries etc By the way the museum is arranged in chronologically order so you may follow the history of the Danish royal family (if you are really interested).
There are not info signs to check you you’re looking at but you can buy an extra guide book for 25DKK. The entrance fee is 75DKK + extra 20DKK if you want to take pictures! (interesting to see this strategy away from Egypt...hm...)
My suggestion is to skip the castle, enjoy for free the royal gardens and then head to the National Gallery which is a lot more interesting than the castle.
The Royal Gardens were built in renaissance style in front of Rosenborg Castle.
High temperature, sunny day and some free time to relax, what better choice of relaxing in park?
King’s Garden (Kongens Have) is a beautiful urban park that was created in 1606 and is very popular among locals and tourists with more than 2,5 millions visitors annually! We saw many locals, couples, people that just strolling around or walking their dogs but most of them seemed to enjoy the sun although it was weird to see people with beach clothes doing sunbathing :) A lot of green everywhere of course it’s a big area of lawns after all but also small fountains, some statues and a small area for puppet show that kids always love.
Rosenborg Slot is a castle in the Dutch Renaissance style, built by Christian IV in the 1600s. Today it houses the Crown Jewels, and a museum of cultural history. For a small admission fee, one can tour the castle. Check out the web site listed below for further information
After reading up on all three of the castles/palaces that you can visit in Copenhagen, I thought Rosenborg would probably give me the best bang for my Krone and I was right. There are three floors of rooms packed with objects, paintings, furniture and tapestries. It's very lush and rich looking and there is so much to look at and examine.
The castle is brick and sandstone and was built "out in the countryside" by Christian IV in the early 17th century as a summer home. His preferred residence was Frederiksborg Castle but it was further away from the city. It was expanded and reached it's current size and form about 20 years after it was began. There is an attached King's Garden park along with it. It was used as a Royal residence for about 100 years and was then turned over to house the Royal Collections and Crown Jewels and treasures, much of which you can see there today. The collections have been open to the public since the mid 1800s.
Some rooms are as they were lived in by Kings Christian IV to Frederik IV and the rest have been recreated from items stored at the various royal castles. The museum is arranged chronologically so you can walk through the history of the Danish Royal family up to Frederik VII who died in 1863.
We got there on a grey dreary day, perfect for staying indoors and wandering through the museum. Of course i paid for the photo permit and was rewarded with many things to shoot. We made our way through each of the three floors, inspecting all the rooms and things in them.
There were too many things to describe here, but the furniture and some of the clocks were exquisite! There is a room full of porcelain all mounted up the walls and over your head though you only see it through a glass (plexiglass?) dome so it can't get damaged. One small room is the King's dressing room and it's floor and ceiling are lined with mirrors. Boggles the mind! Elaborately plastered or painted walls and ceilings, objects of gold and silver including the three large silver lions protecting the King and Queen's thrones.
All of the items are numbered but to find out about them, you have to buy a separate guidebook for 25DKK which isn't too bad.
There was a temporary exhibit in the Grand Hall on the top level that was a bit disappointing because you couldn't get the full impact of the hall and it's tapestries, with the thrones at one end and the audience throne at the other across the black and white checked tiled floor. It wasn't even interesting because all the text on the temporary red walls was in Danish! Still, there were some nice things in cases there. Apparently, according to the website, it's about the connection between Denmark and Saxony.
There's a nice museum shop in the gatehouse opposite the ticket office and another special exhibit space in another building next to the museum shop. There's also a cafe/restaurant and a picnic table area. You don't have to buy tickets to the castle to eat in the cafe. The toilets are in a separate building to the left of the entrance once you're inside.
Entrance fees 75DKK per person and you have to pay 20DKK for a photo permit. If you have a handbag that's large or a larger backpack or bag, you must lock it in small lockers at the ticket office. That costs a 20DKK coin but you get that back when you collect your bag. Many of the Copenhagen museums have this rule. It's actually not a bad thing, then you can also put your jacket in the locker as well so don't have to carry that around.
The Castle is not very accessible for those with mobility problems. There are discounts for children and seniors and you can get a combined ticket with Amalienborg for 100DKK which is a good deal if you are planning to go to both.
Finally a sunny day!! But it's the day we leave Copenhagen.. So the last photos and again we are back to Rosenborg Slot. It has a large garden which is nice to have a walk. I guess there is a statue of Hans Anderson as well in there.. And a pool full of ducks..:)
Rosenborg castle is a small renaissance palace situated in the middle of Kongens Have. It was built in 1606 as a royal summerhouse for Christian IV, (although a number of additions were made until 1624) and was used as a royal residence until about 1710. The castle then became the setting for the Royal Collections, as it has remained until this day, which include costumes, artworks, furniture and in particular the Crown Jewels and Regalia which are housed in a special exhibition beneath the castle.
Entry is 80kr, see the website for opening times.
Today you will find Rosenborg in the Kongens Have in the city centre. But at the time of its construction, in the 17th Century by King Christian IV, it was built as a summer residence outside the city centre. It wasn't until around 1838 that this castle became open to the public as a museum. It houses a lot of original furniture, ornaments and tapestries from its time as a castle. I definitely suggest that while you are walking around the castle not to forget to look up at the ceilings which often have beautiful artwork themselves. Also on the top floor, there are numerous striking tapestries to look at.
Beneath the castle is where you will find the royal crown jewels (treasury), swords and other fine ornaments. The crown jewels are stunning, but I was most taken by the sword you first see when entering the room. This sword was Christian III's Sword of State, created in 1551, in its time it was one of the first pieces of ceremonial objects to be handed to the King.
For an excellent website on Rosenborg Slot see the website below. It can take you on a tour within the castle and point out important pieces in the museum and their history.
Opening times differ throughout the year for the Castle and Treasury - please see the website below for more detail (Under 'Visit the Castle').
Admission (Admits you to both the Castle and Treasury)
Photo Permission: 20kr
The Castle is A MUST SEE when in Copenhagen.
This majestic Castle has stood tall since it was built for King Christian IV in the beginning of the 17th century. Christian IV used Rosenborg Castle as his Summer house. It was remodelled now and then, the last time in 1624, and this is how it stands today.
Here it is situated next to Kongens Have (King’s Garden) where it was possible for the regents to take a walk and "get away" from the daily decision making.
Rosenborg Castle is now a wonderful museum, with the main theme ‘the Danish King’s History through 300 years, from Christian IV to Frederik VII’. The King had a total of 23 children with different wives and women outside his marriage.
The museum also holds the Danish Crown Jewels, the coronation chair which was used by the King, and the throne of the Queens with the silver lions in front, a must visit in the Castle.
The main entrance to Rosenborg Castle is guarded by two soldiers from the Royal Guard, dressed in regular Danish Military green uniform.
ADMISSION IN 2012....80Dkk
Make sure you include admission to the Treasury.
FREE ENTRY WITH COPENHAGEN CARD
YOUR ALLOWED TO TAKE PHOTO'S IF YOU PAY THE FEE OF 20DKK ON ENTRY
I would advise to do this as there will lots you want photo's of.
Check for entry times on the website as they vary throughout the year.
Reaching here is easy. We came by Train to Nørreport, and then walked.
S - trains, Metro, Regional
Bus lines Nørreport
14, 42, 43, 184, 185, 5A, 6A, 173E, 150S, 350S
In my next few reviews, I will show and tell you a little more about the Castle.
The central green lung in Copenhagen is called Kongens have, or Kings garden. It's a good place for some quiet quality time in the sun. And by the way: The danish loves the sun. You'll see them in the garden when the sun is up.
In the middle of the park you'll see Rosenborg slott. A castle built by Frederik II. It's possible to have a look at the castle, but to get to it you'll have to pass through the gate on the street.
The castle is also home to the crown jewels. All of them. And no: The jewels are not in daily use, so they are heavily guarded.
A pretty castle from the outside. But inside you'll find the real treasure. It houses the crown jewels of the royal family.
I was also very pleased by the many beautiful historic paintings. On many of these painintgs you can see the history of danmark; Navy battles, city scenes, and daily life activities.
You have to pay a little extra to take pictures inside. I didnt 'bring my camera, and now I am sorry.
The oldest park in Denmark, Kongens Have, was laid out when Christian IV commissioned the building of Rosenborg Castle in 1634. Some parts of the original Renaissance garden are intact. The Baroque 18th century brought several lovely lime tree-lined paths; the 19th century saw the park re-landscaped according to English ideals. Dozens of stunning sculptures adorn the park including one of Hans Christian Andersen, who found inspiration for his fairytales here. Gardens are open until sunset.
This is a beautiful garden situated in the city centre. In its direct vicinity there are two other gardens: Botanisk Have and Østre Anlæg. Within Kongens Have, The King’s Garden, you will find Rosenborg Slot.
This is a really beautiful garden to sit and relax in. There are many paths if you feel like riding your bike along one of them. Large grassy areas to kick a football on, or do some yoga (I saw a group here early one afternoon doing yoga), or have a game of bocce. I even saw a group of young people doing something theatrical (I'm not exactly sure what though...). Sit under the long line of trees, sprawl out on the grass, stop and smell the rose garden, or head to the Pavilion where you can grab a bite to eat and something to drink. I've even heard that on occasion musical events are performed here, like during the Jazz Festival.
This Castle has so much to see on the inside!
I was seeing Royal collections of King Christian IV, historical artefacts, beautiful furniture that you don't see today! On the walls were giant tapestries, I should think, very valuable .
There is decorative art, furniture and fashion garments plus personal belongings, belonging to Royal members. Some of the rooms were King Christian VI's rooms, these had tapestries displaying the life of Alexander the Great. Most of the furniture is original. The Throne room was marvellous. These were the Throne's of the Danish Kings and Queens between 1671 to 1840. The Kings throne was made from pure narwhal tusk in 1662 and both thrones are placed in the Great Hall with the symbolic silver lions in front.
This Castle was one of those "wow" moments for me!