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Amalienborg

The winter residence om the royal family.

Photo: Roberto Fortuna
Photo: Roberto Fortuna

Amalienborg is the winter residence of the Danish Royal Family. It is a major architectural work and probably the most outstanding piece of Rococo architecture in Denmark. Amalienborg comprises four almost identical (but internally different) palaces encircling an octagonal courtyard with an equestrian statue of Frederik V – the founder of the Amalienborg complex.

Palaces of the nobility

Amalienborg was originally constructed in the 1750s as town residences for four noble families. They were built on land formerly occupied by the Sophie Amalienborg Palace that had burnt down in 1689. In 1794, after the fire of Christiansborg Palace, the palaces came into the possession of the Royal Family.

The Palaces 

Four palaces surround Amalienborg Palace Square with its equestrian statue of King Frederik V. Amalienborg was designed in the 1750s by the architect N. Eigtved, and to this day it stands as a major work of Danish architecture.

The palaces were originally built as residences for four high ranking aristocrats, but when the old Christiansborg Palace burnt down in 1794, the Royal Family took over Amalienborg as their residence. Since then the reigning monarchs have lived in Amalienborg’s various palaces in turn.

Visit the Amalienborg palaces

The public can visit two of Amalienborg's four palaces: Christian VII's Palace, which is used by the Queen as a guest residence and for official ceremonies, may be visited on guided tours; and part of Christian VIII's Palace has been turned into a museum of the present royal family (the Glücksburg dynasty).

Christian VII's Palace

Christian VII's Palace is Queen Margrethe II’s guest and reception palace. The palace, which was built in 1750–54 for Count A.G. Moltke, forms the setting for official events such as the annual New Year Banquet. Inside the palace one can see some of Denmark’s finest, most sumptuously decorated rooms such as the Great Hall, the Banqueting Hall and ‘the Rose’ with its impressive collection of the Flora Danica porcelain service.

Guided tours

Please notice that Christian IIV's Palace will be closed for the public in 2014

July–September:
Saturday–Sunday in English 1 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.(E). and in Danish 11.30 a.m.

Inquire at the Amalienborg Museum

Groups

Booking of group guided tours (E) at (+45) 33 92 64 92 or christiansborg@remove-this.slke.dk 

Christian VIII's Palace

Christian VIII's Palace houses among other things the Amalienborg Museum, which is the museum of the Danish Royal Family. The museum tells the story of the Queen’s four immediate predecessors. Living rooms and studies are preserved as they were when the kings and queens furnished them. See royal everyday life at close quarters and learn about the lives – both private and official – of four Danish kings.

Frederik VIII’s Palace

Frederik VIII’s Palace has been thoroughly refurbished and functions today as the residence of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary.The palace is not open to the public.
www.kongehuset.dk 

Christian IX's Palace

Christian IX's Palace is the official residence of the Queen and Prince Consort. The palace is not open to the public.
www.kongehuset.dk 

Amaliehaven

Amaliehaven is an oasis between city and harbour, designed by the Belgian architect Jean Delogne and inaugurated in 1983. Take a rest among fountains, sculptures, flowers and green plants.
Open all year round.

Last updated: 23.04.2014
  • The Agency for Palaces and Cultural Properties
  • H.C. Andersens Boulevard 2
  • DK - 1553 København V
  • Tlf: +45 3395 4200
  • Email: slke@remove-this.slke.dk

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