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Amalienborg, Copenhagen

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The four identical classical palaces of Amalienborg serve as the Danish royal family's winter residence. It was originally built for King Frederick V, whose equestrian statue adorns the center of the square--a masterwork of Rococo architecture. The story goes that the king made a deal with four rich families to free them from paying taxes in exchange for their palaces. Choose from a few different tour options, and visit the historic royal museum housed in one of palaces. If you time your visit right, you can catch the change of the royal guard ceremony. The brass band accompanies the guardsmen only if the palace is occupied by someone from the royal family. Use our Copenhagen tourist route planner to add Amalienborg and other attractions to your Copenhagen vacation plans.
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  • Working castle so not allowed inside but watched changing of the guard at 12 noon everyday. Nothing spectacular  more »
  • If you purchased your combine ticket from Rosenborg Castle it also includes your admission here. Museum with present and past artifacts from the Royal Family Lineage. Great history info and catch the ...  more »
  • This is a lovely Palace. We saw the changing of the guard and toured the guest palace. The Danes organise their royal palace attractions very well. Changing of the guard is free to watch. Highly recom...  more »
  • Amalienborg Palace is made up of four palaces spread round a big square (a big roundabout). These were built by three different kings—vanity, I suppose; each trying to outdo the other. One of these palaces is now a museum and is open to the public. The others are out of bounds for mere mortals. Supposedly these properties are still being used for official business by the present queen, Margrethe. There is an entry fee, but free if you have a Copenhagen Card. Bags are not allowed into the museum. They have to be left in lockers on the ground floor. One needs a 10 kroner coin to operate the locker; the coin being returned when you unlock the chest to retrieve your bags. If you are carrying around a big rucksack fully stuffed up, you may not be able to fit it into the locker—may need to use two lockers to spread your load. The toilets are also in the area where the lockers are. The museum itself is on the upper floor. One gets a general understanding of the Danish royal history with, I believe, a greater stress on the last 150 years or so. You’ll see that the throne has alternated between the Fredericks and Christians for some 550 years. You will note that the Danish Royals had a habit of interfering in politics and governance of the country. In one of the rooms there is a model of the square showing all four palaces, and who built which one. You wouldn’t need more than about 90 minutes to get through this place, assuming there won’t be much interest in the room that contains all sorts of old (and some new) kids’ toys. In terms of decorations and ornamentation, I have seen many formerly private properties in England—now managed by the National Trust--that are much more plush. At 12 noon there is the spectacle of “changing of the guard”. This is not as vigorous and animated as the one at London’s Buckingham Palace. The police will ask people to stand in a big rectangle—and they disallow people from sitting on any of the steps there. If there’s a big crowd, and you are not already at the front, your view will not be so good, unless you are a tall person. We stood more to the north of the square and ended up seeing the backsides of the soldiers almost all the time. The best position is to find a place more to the south or south west of the square. That said, one of the policemen there, and his antics, were more entertaining than the guards. This is also where pickpockets are active—rucksacks on your back are quite vulnerable. It’s worth walking south from the square to where there’s a fountain close the water’s edge. You can see the opera house across the water. This is a good spot for sitting down, relaxing, having a snack and taking some great photos, especially if it’s a sunny day.
  • Palace is small, there are better places to visit in the area. Arrived perfectly timed for the changing of the guards but could see nothing as was very crowded. Would advise if want to see this to stand in the middle of the square.
  • Visited here around sunset for the changing guard and it was lit beautifully. A very regal place and almost felt like we'd gone back in time. It wasn't too busy and I do recommend seeing this place.
  • Free entry. Can walk reasonably close to buildings but no entry. Consist of multiple historic buildings.
  • You wont see much, except for the Royal Guard and the big courtyard in front of the Palace. The area is very nice though, not far from the Amber Museum and next to the Canal, which is beautiful.