Amalienborg. Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark


Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Amalienborg Palace. - Amalienborg
Amalienborg Palace. - Amalienborg. Photo by Werner Böhm
Amalienborg is located in the central area of Copenhagen. The Royal’s winter residence is most well-known to tourists as being the location for the daily march and changing of the guard.

Home of the current queen, Margrethe II, and Prince Henrik, is comprised of four 18th-century palaces, built around an octagonal courtyard, in the center of which stands the magnificent statue of Frederik V, the founder of Amalienborg Palace and Frederiksstaden (Wikipedia
	Article). It took almost 12 years for French sculptor, Jacques Francois Joseph Saly, to finish the statue, which is considered to be one of Europe's finest equestrian sculptures.

The palace is named after the summer palace, which was built in the years 1667-73 for Queen Sophie Amalie, on the site of the current Amalienborg. Sophie Amalienborg (Wikipedia Article) palace was burnt down to the ground in 1689.

Amalienborg was built by court’s architect, Nicolai Eigtved, in the 1750s in Frederiksstaden quarter. The palaces were originally built for four noble families, but when Christiansborg Castle burnt down in 1794, Amalienborg became the royal residence.

Over the years, various royals and their families have resided in the four different palaces. Therefore, the kings used their names to name the four palaces: Christian VII's Palace, Christian VIII's Palace, Frederick VIII's Palace, and Christian IX's Palace. The Rococo palaces were built to be identical on the outside, but unique on the inside.

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Amalienborg. Photo by Baron Reznik

What to See

Christian VII’s Palace, originally known as Moltke Palace, which lies southwest, has the grandest interior. Christian VIII’s Palace, also known as the Levetzau’s Palace, faces northwest and houses the Amalienborg museum, while Frederik VIII’s Palace, also known as the Brockdorff’s Palace, lies northeast, and is the home of Crown Prince Frederik, his wife, Princess Mary and their children. Christian IX’s Palace, also known as the Schack’s Palace, lies southeast, and is the home of Queen Margrethe II and her husband, Prince Henrik.

From 1994, the two of the palaces are open to the public; the Christian VII’s palace, used by the Queen for receiving guests and official representatives, is occasionally open for guided tours or special exhibitions and the Amalienborg Museum on the ground floor in Christian VIII’s palace. The private quarters are not open to the public.

Amalienborg Museum

Make sure you don't miss the royal journey back in time. The museum showcase periods between 1863 to 1947 and provides a wonderful opportunity to glimpse into the private interior of the Glücksborg dynasty. Each room affords an intimate and unique peek into Denmark’s royal family. Seeing the actual furniture, desk items, pictures, and accouterments of the Danish royalty is well worth a look. The highlight of the museum is the costume gallery of clothes worn by the royal family through the ages. You are allowed to take photos inside the museum but you will need to pay.

Amalienborg. Photo by Harvey Barrison

Changing of The Royal Guard

The changing of the Den Kongelige Livgarde takes place daily at noon in front of the palace and is one of the highlights of a visit to Amalienborg. While guards change positions every two hours, the main event for visitors is the changing of the entire guard.

The Royal Guard leaves the Gothersgade Barracks by Rosenborg Castle at 11:30 a.m. and marches through the streets of Copenhagen to perform the changing ceremony at Amalienborg Palace. When the Queen is in residence the guard is accompanied by the Royal Guards music band, otherwise the ceremony is without music. If time allows walk along with the Royal Guards from Rosenborg Castle through Copenhagen to Amalienborg Palace.


Amaliehaven is Copenhagen's newest park, constructed by the Belgian landscape architect, Jean Delogne, in 1983. Explore the charming small Amelie Garden behind the palace for a beautiful view of the Copenhagen's Opera House and the Amalienborg Palace. Situated between the royal palace and the waterfront boast sculptures, fountains and a wide variety of plants and flowers. The four bronze pillars and the two fountains were created by Italian sculptor, Arnoldo Pormodoro.

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Amaliehaven, Copenhagen - Amalienborg. Photo by Phlac


The Amalienborg Palace is open daily from 11.00 a.m. till 16.00 p.m., in the summer from 10.00 a.m. to 16.00 p.m. The museum has a fee, the garden and grounds are free to enter. Be sure to get the combo ticket with Rosenberg Castle. The ticket covers two day, so you don't have to rush. Admission is free with the Copenhagen Card. The Amalienborg Museum offers guided tours for groups. A tour lasts approximately 1 hour.

Getting There

You'll find Amalienborg less than one and a half kilometer from the Rosenborg Castle in the Frederiksstaden quarter. The palace is located near the Marble Church and opposite the Opera House alongside the waterfront.

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Author: Ayda. Last updated: Apr 02, 2015

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