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Amalienborg Palace

See the changing of the guard or peek inside two of the four identical estates where the Danish Royal family officially resides.

A trip to Amalienborg Palace is a must for those who are curious to see how the Danish royals live. Enjoy the chance to see the interior of the grand palace and browse the museum to learn the history of the successive kings and Denmark’s first queen. Kids will likely be impressed by the daily ceremony for the changing of the guard. 

Amalienborg was never intended to become the home of the royal family. When construction began in 1750, the complex was designed to be the home of nobles. A fire at the royal palace forced the royal family out and Amalienborg was purchased. The four palaces have been the main residence of the queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, for over 40 years. 

While in Copenhagen, you will regularly see the Danish Royal Guard marching through the city streets. Each morning they make their way from Rosenborg Castle to perform the changing of the guard here. Arrive early to get the best spot, or find a café en route to relax and watch the guards pass by. Enjoy the sounds of the Royal Guards’ band accompanying the change while the queen is in residence.

Look for the large statue of King Frederick V between the four identical palaces. It is said to be one of the most notable examples of equestrian statues in the world. The buildings are fine examples of Danish rococo architecture. Two are open to the public: Christian VIII’s palace houses a royal museum, while Christian VII’s palace is used for receiving dignitaries.

Visit the palace museum to see historic artifacts, paintings and documents. Almost 400 years of royal history is documented. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see the inside of an active royal residence. Walk between the rooms of the palace as you admire the ornate interior architecture. 

Amalienborg Palace is located near the waterfront north of the center of Copenhagen and is best reached on foot or by bike. It is closed Mondays during the winter months; however, the changing of the guard takes place daily without fail. An admission fee applies.


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Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

Toldbodgade 24-28, Copenhagen
4.2
of 5, from 1,255 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is housed in a converted warehouse, dating from 1787, in the heart of Copenhagen on the harbour waterfront where old schooners and yachts moor, with the Queen's palace, Amalienborg, a close neighbor.

$162
Phoenix Copenhagen

Phoenix Copenhagen

Bredgade 37, Copenhagen
3.9
of 5, from 354 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Set in the city's old financial district, the Phoenix Copenhagen hotel puts guests in a prime position for watching the changing of the guard at Amalienborg, a short walk away. The hotel is also a 5-minute walk from waterside Nyhavn with its colorful townhouses, restaurants, and bars.

$93
Hotel Østerport

Hotel Østerport

Oslo Plads 5, Copenhagen
3.2
of 5, from 386 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Design Museum Denmark, Danish National Gallery, and Frederik's Church. Little Mermaid and Rosenborg Castle are also within 15 minutes.

$238
Amaliegade 45 Front

Amaliegade 45 Front

Amaliegade 45, Copenhagen
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Nyhavn - Amalienborg, this apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Gefion Fountain and Amalienborg Palace. Frederik's Church and Little Mermaid are also within 10 minutes.

$368
Amagertorv 33

Amagertorv 33

Amagertorv 33, 2 Sal, Copenhagen
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Stork Fountain and Stroeget. Round Tower and Christiansborg Palace are also within 10 minutes.

$89
Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

Borgergade 9, Copenhagen
4.0
of 5, from 539 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Copenhagen Amber Museum, Nyhavn, and Round Tower. Frederik's Church and Amalienborg Palace are also within 10 minutes.

$127
HOTEL SKT. ANNÆ

HOTEL SKT. ANNÆ

Sankt Annæ Plads 18-20, Copenhagen
3.7
of 5, from 710 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Nyhavn - Amalienborg, this hotel is steps from Royal Danish Playhouse and Nyhavn. Amalienborg Palace and Frederik's Church are also within 10 minutes.

$88
Generator Copenhagen

Generator Copenhagen

Adelgade 5, Copenhagen
4.2
of 5, from 420 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Generator Copenhagen is within a 10-minute walk of Kongens Nytorv Metro and Nørreport Station, offering quick access to the busiest railway hub in Denmark. Guests can reach Rosenborg Castle Garden in 2 minutes on foot, or stroll 10 minutes to Strøget, a street lined with shops and restaurants.