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Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

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Located on Castle Island in Copenhagen's Indre By neighborhood, Christiansborg Palace houses offices for Denmark's queen, Parliament and prime minister. Rebuilt in 1928 after the two former palaces burned down, the current structure sits atop ruins from the original palace. Rooms inside the present-day palace include the Royal Stables, a 19th-century chapel, the Throne Room and a dining hall.

Visitors praise this palace's interesting exhibits and stunning architecture, adding that the property's tower offers breathtaking city vistas. To make the most of your visit, travelers recommend arriving on a Saturday when 50-minute guided tours (in English) of the palace's Royal Kitchen, ruins and stables are available.

Standard English tours of Christiansborg Palace's royal reception rooms take place every day at 3 p.m., while tours of other areas are offered once daily on Saturdays. To enjoy all of the property's tours, purchase a Combination Ticket, which is valid for one month and costs 150 Danish kroner (about $25) per adult and 125 kroner (roughly $20.50) for each student. Tickets for only the royal reception rooms are also available for 80 or 90 kroner ($13 or $15) per person. Kids 17 and younger, and visitors with Copenhagen Cards receive free entry. All admissions cover access to the royal reception rooms (and its tour), plus the palace's chapel, Parliament, a gift shop and restrooms.

Parking is limited around the palace, but you'll find the Kongens Nytorv metro station and stops for multiple bus routes within walking distance. You can also walk from attractions like the National Museum of Denmark and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Opening hours vary by area and season, but the palace's main exhibits welcome visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily between May and September, with reduced hours and Monday closures from October through April. To find out more, visit Christiansborg Palace's website.

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