Surrounded by canals on three sides, the massive granite Christiansborg Castle is where the queen officially receives guests. From 1441 until the fire of 1795, it was used as the royal residence. Even though the first two castles on the site were burned, Christiansborg remains an impressive neobaroque and neoclassical compound. It now houses parliament and the prime minister's office.
Kongelige Repræsantationslokaler. At the Kongelige Repræsentationslokaler,
you're asked to don slippers to protect the floors in this impossibly grand space. Christiansborg Slot, Slotsholmen. 33/92–64–92. DKr 70. Tours: May–Sept., daily at 3, Oct.–Apr., Tues–Sun., 3.
Ruins of Bishop Absalon's castle. While Christiansborg was being rebuilt around 1900, the national museum excavated the ruins of Bishop Absalon's castle beneath it. The resulting dark, subterranean maze contains fascinating models and architectural relics. Christiansborg Slot, Slotsholmen. 33/92–64–92. DKr 40. May–Sept., daily 10–5; Oct.–Apr., Tues.–Sun., 10–5.
Slotsholmen, (area around Christiansborg; bordered by Boørsgade, Vindebrogade, and Frederiksholms Kanal), Copenhagen, 1218, Denmark
Oct 5, 2011
Interesting furnishings and functions. Enough documentation between the onsite cards and my 2 pages in my guidebook to enjoy without having to meet the once daily tour time.