Theoretically, if you're very lucky, you might meet them here as Amalienborg Slot is home to the Danish royals. Four identical manor houses (Christian VII's Palace in the southwest, Christian VIII's Palace in the northwest, Frederick VIII's Palace in the northeast and Christian IX's Palace in the southeast) surrounding one big square make up the royal residences, which have been used by the Danish monarchs since Christiansborg Slot burnt down in the late 18th century. They look impressive, but to me Amalienborg Slot lacked character. Even along with the giant horse-rider statue in the middle of the square (an image of King Frederick V), the whole ensemble didn't strike me as too interesting. What I liked, though, were the Royal Guards in their strange costumes, who, like their British counterparts, are almost impossible to distract. They also manage to turn and march at exactly the same moment, even though their "colleagues" are a good 100m away from them at the other end of the square.
It is very easy to walk around Copenhagen city centre. We arrived at Amalienborg Palace about 10.30am, later it gets busier. There are four identical buildings built in the 18the centry around an octagonal courtyard - one for the Queen, another for Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary. One is for ceremonial events and the fourth is a museum at the north west corner. At the centre is an equestrian statue with Amalienborg's founder, King Frederick V.
The museum has rooms furnished with the belongings of various royals over the years, and paintings. I was especially interested in the family of Christian IX, known as the Father of Europe as several of his children married into other royal families of Europe.
Changing of the guard every day at noon.
There are lockers (refundable deposit), toilets and a gift shop/ticket office. We bought a combined ticket (also for Rosenberg) for K125 pp.
Amalienborg lies at the heart of the area of Frederiksstaden, situated between Kongens Nytorv and Castellet to the north-east, which was built for Frederick V in 1748 to celebrate 300 years of the Oldenburg family's ascent to the throne. Two previous palaces had been situated in this place, named after Queen Sophie Amalie, hence the current name. This third construction consisted of four identical mansions, surrounding an octagonal courtyard, intended to house four noble families, however when Christiansborg Palace burnt down in 1794, the royal family bought the by now mostly empty palaces and moved in.
The four mansions each now bear the name of a royal occupant; Christian VII's Palace, Christian VIII's Palace, Frederick VIII's Palace and Christian IX's Palace. Currently only the first two are open to the public. The rooms, decorations and exhibitions give a very good idea of how the royal family lived during the late 18th and 19th centuries.
I visited during Kulturaften (Culture Night), held during October. Normally tickets are 70kr per person (children under 17 go free) or 90 during special exhibitions; currently they are selling joint tickets with Rosenborg Castle for 125kr (Rosenborn normally costs 90kr).
Amalienborg is the royal residence in Denmark during the winter, and is a candidate to be on UNECO’s list of world heritage sites (since 1993). The name was inhered from queen Sophie Amalies (consort of Frederik 3rd) summer residence, called Sophie Amalienborg, which was here for a short while in the 1600s. In order to celebrate Christian 5th birthday, a large wooden structure was constructed close to the building. Because of a mishap the construction caught fire, and the fire spread to the entire palace. 180 persons died in the fire, 100 of which were children. That fire is commemorated by a sign at Ny Vestergde number 20 (Danish only).
The gardens were still there when Frederik 4th started bulding Frederiksstaden, a brand new part of the city, celebrating that the Oldenburgs had been 300 years on the Danish throne. As the central part of Frederiksstaden four mansions was build during 1750-1760, designed by Nicolai Eigtved (who died unexpectedly in 1754) and Lauritz de Thurah completely in the rokokko style. All the buildings were given to their new owners, and they did not have to pay taxes for them for 30 years. They did, however have to pay for the construction, and they had to go by the design given to them. The buildings are sometimes named after the first owners, and sometimes named after the first royal who bought it. Thus this overview:
North Eastern building (near the harbor towards Churchillparken), Frederik 8th, Brockdorff, the residence of the crown princes family.
North Western (towards Marble church and Churchillparken), Christian 8th, Levetzaus, contains the museum
South Western (towards Marble church, city), Christian 7th, Moltke, is used by royal guests
South Eastern (towards the harbor and the city), Christian 9th, Løvenskiold or Schacks, the queens residence.
Every building has a main gate towards Amaliengade, and a kitchen entrance towards Frederiksgade.
In the middle of the large octagon square, there is a large statue of Frederik 5th (the founder of Frederiksstaden) mounted on a horse and dressed like a roman emperor. The statue was a gift from the company Asiatisk Kompagni, and cost the same as ten Amalienborg-mansions. The artist was the Frenchman Jacques-François-Joseph Saly.
26-27 february 1794 a fire broke out at Christiansborg, which made the royal family, homeless (sort of). They therefore bought two of the mansions, and moved in. In order to have a connection between the two, a colonnade in wood was built between them. The solution was meant to be temporary, which is why it was built in wood. It’s still there, only painted to look like stone. The third Mansion was bought by the prince. The new Christiansborg was finished in 1828, but Frederik the 6th didn’t want to move from Amalienborg. The history repeated itself when a 3rd Christiansborg was finished. Then it ws Christian 10th who chose to stay at Amalienborg.
In Christian 8th’s Mansion is a museum. The entrance to the museum is at the gate nearest to Frederiksgade. That’s the gate furthest away from the sea, and closest to the marble church. The collection is a continuation from the collection at Rosenborg. In 1833 the collection of royal interiors, dresses and alike was made accessible to the public. Most of it was on display at Rosenborg Castle (since 1838). After Christian 9th, the space available at Rosenborg was exhausted, so the museum split its collection. At first the lower rooms at Christian 9th’s Mansion. The museum there closed in 1982, when it became impractical to house the museum and the regents in the same house. After the restauration of Christian 8th’s Mansion, the museum moved in on the ground floor. The building also houses the private royal library, with about 100.000 volumes dating from the end of the 1400’s till today. The library is open to the public, with certain limitations. For opening times and entrance fees at the museum, please visit the webpage dkks.dk/amalienborgmuseet. Opening times varies, and there are several different entrance fees, according to age, students, pensioners etc.
Changing of the guards takes place every day at noon. The size of the guards are dependent on who is present at Amalienborg. A kings guard led by a major or a captain, whenever the Queen resides at Christian 9ths mansion, a lieutenant guard led by a captain or a lieutenant whenever someone else in the royal family is home, or a mansion guard led by a sergeant when no one of importance is home. The two first changes guards with a musical corps and drills. On special occasions, such as the queens birthday, the guards perform their duties in galla. That is red uniforms. Ordinary the uniforms are dark. There was a mounted guard from 1809, but it was dismantled in 1863.
During the invation 9. April 1940 Amalienborg was defended by 30 guards and their officers. Three guards were wounded in their service, and the Germans were halted. The Germans didn’t occupy Amalienborg until 29th August, when a German colonel, a lieutenant and three German machinepistolers asked to speak to the Crown Prince. After the conversation the Crown Prince instructed the guards to stand down, and hand over their weapons. After the disarmament of the guards, the job of looking after the kings safety was entrusted to the police. When the Germans decided to arrest the police, the officers at Amalienborg defended themselves so well, that the Germans decided against arresting them. During the fights two Danish officers were wounded, but German losses mounted to 20 killed and about 40 wounded. Damages from German cannon fire can still be seen.
The yellow mansion in Amalegade houses the royal court functions. It was built 1764-7 by the merchant Frederik Bargum. It’s thought of as the earliest example of new classical style in Copenhagen. Originally grey the building changed color in 1842 to yellow, and has been called the yellow mansion since 1850. The first owner (Bargum) used it to run his company “det danske Guineiske Kompani” – The Danish Guineian Company, which traded in gold, ivory and slaves from the Danish colonies in Africa and the West Indies. It was bought by Frederik 6th, to house guests of the royal family.
Amalienborg Palace is the Danish monarch's winter residence on the waterfront in Copenhagen.
Your sure to come across it on your walk of Copenhagen. Amalienborg is four Palace's placed around a large courtyard, no lawn here, all is grey from buildings to pavement.
King Frederik V, founder of the palace, takes pride of place in the middle of the square.
The Palaces look identical, so how do you know who lives in which?
An easy way is to enter from the waterfront.
Now, stand still and look. On the left side will be two Palaces, Schack’s Palace, the home of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik since 1967, and Christian VII’s Palace, also known as Moltke’s Palace.
On your right is Brockdorff’s Palace or Frederik VIII’s Palace, the home of Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and their children. In 2010 the palace was renovated for the modern royal family.
The roof tops are adorned with statues and the Copenhagen coat of arms.
On your far right is Levetzau’s Palace, which houses the Amalienborg Museum. The museum exhibits the royal collection from 1863 onwards.
ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM IS......65dkk
Entry is FREE with Copenhagen Card
Guarding Amalienborg Palace and the monarch are the Royal Guards.
The Danish Royal Guard march from Rosenborg Castle at 11:30 daily through the streets of Copenhagen, with the changing of the guard taking place in front of Amalienborg Palace at noon.
When the Queen is in residence the guard is accompanied by the Royal Guards music band.
Amalienborg Palace is the winter residence of Queen Margareta II. It was built between 1754-1760 and used as a royal residence since 1794 after a fire in Christansborg palace. Originally it was built for noble families but if you are the king you can live wherever they like but it would be interesting to see a homeless king :)
Actually it houses 4 different palaces that surround/face an impressive octagonal courtyard (watch out for the cars though!). In the center of the courtyard you can see a big statue of King Frederic V but as Frederic church it was under restoration too (pic 4). It was unveiled in 1771, 5 years after Frederik’s death.
The palaces were built in rococo style but we only took some pictures and didn’t check any from inside (open for the visitors 10.00-16.00 for 60DKK). The Danish Royal Guards (pic 5) march up and down in front of each palace with the funny hats, they seemed very bored that sunny morning… The changing of the guard (daily at noon) may interested some people but we preferred to move on, the harbour is just a breath away...
Amalienborg in Copenhagen is the residence of the Danish Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her two sons Frederik and Joachim with their families. The buildings date from around 1750. Since 1794, the palace was used as royal residence.
The four wings of the palace lie in a square around the statue of Frederick V. The four wings are named after Danish princes:
Christian VIII (north wing), the official name is Levetzau Palace. The ground floor is a museum. On the upper floor is the apartment of Prince Joachim.
Frederik VIII (east wing), the official name is Brock Palace Dorff. This is the residential palace of Crown Prince Frederik and his family.
Christian IX (south wing), the official name Schack's Palace. This is the residential palace of Queen Margrethe II.
Christian VII (west wing), the official name is Palace Moltke. This is the guesthouse and is open to the public if there are no guests.
Between the open space across the water from Copenhagen's Opera House to see, on the opposite side of the Marble Church.
Amalienborg Palace consists of an octagonal courtyard, where identical Rococo palaces were built on four of its corners. Frederick V is immortalised in a statue at the center of the courtyard. The palaces were originally built for noble families in 1760, but when Christiansborg Palace burned down 30 years later, the Royal Family moved in.
Each house belonged to a different king:
Christian VII's Palace
Christian VIII's Palace
Frederick VIII's Palace
Christian IX's Palace
Despite its sedate looks, the courtyard is definitely not a pedestrian only area. In fact cars regularly come careening through as if it was a major highway. Take this into account when wandering and taking pictures.
Home to the Danish Royal Family in the Winter months this one of Copenhagens most famous landmarks and very popular with both locals and tourists.It consists of four identical classicizing palace facades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard,in the centre of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder King Frederick V.
Originally built for four noble families,however when Christianborg Palace burnt down in Feb of 1794 the Royal Family bought the Palaces and moved in.Over the years various King's and their families have lived here.The construction on all Palaces began in 1750 and was completed after ten years.Outside each Palace you will find the Danish Royal Guards who change every day at noon,there is also a museum here at a cost of 30dk per adult.
In the open courtyard at the Amelienborg Palace they have a low key changing of the guard ceremony. We just happened upon it by chance. Sorry but I don't know how frequently they do this but I guess the guards probably do a stint of duty for about 2 hours at a time. Anyway it was good to see them looking so smart and very seriously performing their duties, all in step and time with sharp movements for their salutes and commands. It made me think I'm glad I'm not doing their job!
Amalienborg is the winter residence of Queen Margareta II and it consists of four palaces surrounding a round square. It's been a royal residence since 1794 when the royal family moved there after a fire in Christiansborg palace. Amalienborg Palace was erected 1754-1760.
At Amalienborg you can see the changing of the guard daily at noon.
The changing of the guard happens daily at Amalienborg at noon. There are lots of tourists witnessing this, so if you want to be in the front row, be there early. I've seen the same in Stockholm, so it wasn't on my list of things to see, but as I happened to be there right on time, I thought I' d watch it anyway.