Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

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Key Info

Prins Jørgens Gard 1


Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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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Previous visitors loved grabbing a drink or bite to eat in Nyhavn, although some cautioned that prices here are high. Additionally, several raved about the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, which takes place in Nyhavn every July. Many past travelers also recommended signing up for one of the area's canal tours with Stromma Denmark or Netto-Badene. Both operators' tours are available in English, last about an hour and depart daily from Nyhavn. Stromma Danmark's tours cost 80 Danish kroner (roughly $13) for adults and 40 kroner (approximately $6.50) for kids ages 6 to 15, while Netto-Badene's tours will set you back 8 euros (about $10) per adult and 3 euros (less than $4) for each child.

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