Out of the Cold & Into Amalienborg Palace
Every day, the Royal Guard leaves their barracks near Rosenborg Castle and marches through Copenhagen’s streets to Amalienborg Palace. While we witnessed the soldiers’ departure from Rosenborg as they paraded down Gothersgade, we didn’t follow them to Amalienborg. Instead, our visit to Amalienborg coincided with our city walking tour which ended in the palace’s courtyard.
Just across from Frederik’s Church (aka, The Marble Church) with its eye catching dome, the palace’s courtyard features a statue of King Frederik V on his horse.
The courtyard is surrounded by four identical buildings – each named after a different Danish King – that were originally built for four noble families. When the royals’ residence, Christiansborg Palace, burned down in the late 1700s, the Danish royals bought the palace and moved in. These days, the Danish royal family winters at Amalienborg Palace. During our visit, Queen Margrethe II just so happened to be home (in Christian IX’s Palace) as evidenced by the waving Danish flag outside.
We decided to duck into the palace’s museum (in Christian VIII’s palace) in hopes of escaping from the crisp, bitter cold for awhile. The museum offers a glimpse into the private interiors (albeit, glass-encased) of the Danish royals dating from 1863-1947. Here are some pictures from our visit.
After all was said and done, and after paying 70 kroner each, I think I would’ve preferred a visit inside of Rosenborg Castle since, from what I’ve heard and read, it houses a more comprehensive collection of royal artifacts.