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.