Amalienborg Palace

    Joy Smith

    Amalienborg Palace was constructed for noble families, but has been the residence of the Danish Royal Family for centuries. It is a home fit for a Queen and her Prince.

    Amalienborg Palace was built in the 1700’s.  This rococo styled building was designed by Nicolai Eigtved, and comprises 4 palaces which are identical on the outside, but vary in grandeur inside. Christian VII’s Palace, originally known as Moltke Palace, which lies southwest, has the grandest interior.  It is used by the Royal Family for state visits, receptions, the New Year celebration, and special ceremonies.   Christian VIII’s Palace - Levetzau’s Palace - faces northwest, while Frederik VIII’s Palace - Brockdorff’s Palace - lies northeast, and is the home of Crown Prince Frederik, and his wife, Princess Mary.  Christian IX’s Palace - Schack’s Palace- lies southeast, and is the home of Queen Margrethe and her husband, Prince Henrik.  In the centre of the square is an equestrian statue of King Frederik V.

    On two floors of the Palace of Christian VIII (Moltke Palace), are permanent exhibitions about the monarchs.  Behind each Palace is a private garden which is not open to the public, but on the square just by the waterfront is Amalie Garden, a two level garden with a fountain, sculptures, and a variety of flowers, trees and shrubs. Amalie Garden is maintained by the City of Copenhagen.

    The Palace is guarded by the Royal Life Guards.   The highlight of each day is the changing of the guard at noon which takes place after the soldiers march from their barracks at Gothersgade near Rosenborg Castle through the city of Copenhagen to Amalienborg Palace. 

    Just opposite the Palace and across the water is the Danish Opera house designed by Henning Larsen. Amalienborg Palace is close to Nyhavn, the Marble Church, and Langelinie.  To reach the Palace, take bus 26 or 1A from the Copenhagen Central Station to Kongens Nytorv.  Walk a few minutes on the street, Bredgade, past Nyhavn.  The Palace is on your right across the street from the Marble Church.

    Amalienborg Museum is open to the public.  During the winter months, opening hours are Tuesdays to Sundays, from 11-4 p.m., but closed on Mondays.  During the summer, the Museum is open every day from 10-4 p.m. 

    Danhostel Copenhagen City is about a 20 minute walk from Amalienborg Palace.  The hostel offers free guided tours every day, starting from the lobby of the hostel.  You can also read more about our other hostels in Denmark.



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