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Of the million things there are to do in Copenhagen, three of those are palaces.
Amalienborg, Christiansborg, and Rosenborg – the golden trio. While we managed to get our eyes on all three of them during our time in Copenhagen, we could only afford to actually go into one of them.
I did a lot of research on which one would be the best spendage of our money, and eventually settled on Rosenborg Palace. Daniel was, as usual, happy to let me do all of the research and decision making. And I, as usual, did a pretty good job of choosing the best place to go.
We arrived at Rosenborg Palace in the mid morning, perhaps an hour and a half after we had woken up. We actually walked straight past the entrance to the palace and had to turn around again. From the street, you can’t see the palace, so all you have to go off of is a sign next to a small gate. If you’re not paying super close attention (like us), you might miss it the first time around!
Our first stop was, naturally, the ticket office, where we paid the 70DKK student entrance fee (110DKK adults/free for children under 18). Then, it was off to the palace!
Our tour of Rosenborg Palace started on the ground floor in Christian IV’s living room. Unfortunately, there was a large tour group that had entered only a few minutes before us, so we spent the next few rooms trying to get in front of them while still managing to see everything. Once we were past the tour group, though, we had a grand old time.
One of the biggest highlights of the ground floor had to have been the prank chair, located in the Dark Room. This chair was commissioned by one of the kings and had straps hidden in the arms to secure the unsuspecting guest while they were doused with water! I am always amused by objects like these that show the human side of royalty. Who wouldn’t have a good laugh with a chair like that?
Increasingly lavish rooms followed on the next two floors – gilded busts and gold trimmed chairs were commonplace, and there was even a small room that was inspired by Versaille’s Hall of Mirrors! For a place that originally started out as a ‘small country house’, they sure were living large!
The crown jewel of it all, however, was the Knight’s Hall. Originally used as a ballroom, this hall now houses the coronation chairs and the famous three silver lions which guard them. I can’t even tell you how long I spent here trying to get the perfect shot. They were just so beautiful I couldn’t draw myself away from them!
After the palace, it was time to head downstairs and check out the treasury. Here, we found all sorts of cool things – from a model ship made out of ivory to a giant, jewel encrusted sword. All of it seemed a little extra to me, but I guess that’s what being royalty is all about.
Oh, and there were some crowns there too. Those were also pretty cool.
Finally, we emerged from the dark basement into the sunlight once more. This was actually the first time we got a proper view of the outside of the palace, so of course I had to stop and take a million pictures.
Then, it was time to explore the gardens. I’m so glad we managed to visit in the spring time, because everything was in full bloom and absolutely beautiful.
We also took this chance to pop a squat on one of the many benches and rest our feet for a little while because, well, we had just walked through the entirety of Rosenborg Palace. With the sun out to play, it was the perfect end to the perfect morning exploring one of Copenhagen’s palaces.
If you go
Tickets for Rosenborg Palace cost 110DKK for adults, 80DKK for students, and are free for children under 18. You can also buy a combination Rosenborg/Amalienborg ticket for 145DKK. For more information on ticket prices, visit Rosenborg Palace’s website.
The Rosenborg Palace website also has a fantastic guide to the palace on it. You can connect to free wifi throughout the palace to use this guide to navigate through the palace and learn about all of the objects in each of the rooms.
Have you ever visited Rosenborg Palace? What did you think? If not, what’s your favorite palace in the world? Let me know in the comments down below!
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