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Christiansborg Slot

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Published 04/20/2005

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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. Several parts of the palace can be visited, including the Royal Reception Chambers, Ruins of Bishop Abasalon's Castle, the Royal Kitchen, and the Royal Stables, all of which have separate admission fees unless you buy a combination ticket.

At the Kongelige Repræsentationslokaler, you're asked to don slippers to protect the floors in this impossibly grand space.

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, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Sight Information


Slotsholmen, bordered by Boørsgade, Vindebrogade, and Frederiksholms Kanal, Copenhagen, Capital Region, 1218, Denmark

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Sight Details:

  • Tower free; Royal Reception Chamber Dkr 90; combination ticket DKr 150
  • Closed Mon.

Published 04/20/2005


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