The Danish Royal Palace or Amalienborg Palace is actually a collection of four grand places and is the official home of the Royal Family. The palaces have been given the names of various Danish Kings – Christian VII, Frederick VIII, Christian IX and Christian VII.
Dating to the 18th century, Denmark Amalienborg palace became the official residence of the kings after the previous Christiansborg Palace burned down in 1794. Prior to that, four of the cities most prominent noble families resided here.
The history of Amalienborg Palace
The four palaces were originally built for four noble families, but after the fire the royal family took possession. They renamed it the Amalienborg Palace, after the summer palace that one stood on the same spot. Funnily enough, it also burned down in 1689…
The palaces were built in the newly designed area of Frederiksstaden Quarter and are built in Rocco style. The four buildings, plus all of the others in the new area, were designed or signed off by architect Nicolai Eigtved.
How many buildings are there?
There were previously 4 upper class families residing in 4 individual palaces on the complex.
Christian VII’s Palace
Originally known as Moltke’s Palace and located on the south west end of the complex, this had been home to a Danish courtier and diplomat Lord High Steward Moltke. He had a crazy large family – 2 wives and over 22 children, so the palace had to offer enough space for the brood. Completed in 1754 it was said to be the most elaborate internally. Nowadays, it is used as an official entertainment building for functions.
Christian VIII’s Palace
Levetzau’s Palace was the original name for Christian VIII’s Palace. Located on the north west end, it was completed in 1760. Until recently, it was home to the Danish Crown Prince Frederik until recently. It now houses a museum and some royal apartments.
Frederick VIII’s Palace
This palace was completed in 1760 and originally known as Brockdorff’s Palace. Unfortunately, Brockdorff didn’t get long to enjoy his new home. He died in 1763 and Moltke took it over. He sold it and it became an academy for the army. Since the Royals acquired the complex it has been used as the official residence of various members.
Christian IX’s Palace
Known as the Schack Palace originally, Crown Prince Frederik VI eventually took up residence here, and then Christian IX, which gave the palace its name. It is now used as a winter residence for Crown Princess Margrethe and Prince Henrik.
Beautiful inside look – Amalienborg palace interior
The Danish Royal Palace has a stunning interior. From opulent chandeliers to stunning detail on the ceilings, it is every bit the palace environment. Luckily for you, there are tours and visits available. You can see some of the grand entertainment spaces as well as some preserved private rooms. In the museum in particular you can get a real feel for the interior design styles of the royal family that are preserved in time.
Amalienborg palace museum
Located in Christian VIII’s Palace, the museum offers a glimpse into the history of this Denmark Amalienborg Palace. The former home of Christian IX and Queen Louise, the museum offers a glimpse into their lives. The intact personal suites give a fascinating look into the decor of this royal couple. There is even a Faberge Chamber displaying the finest Russian jewelry and artefacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Danish Royal Palace Changing of the Guard
The Danish Royal Guard is constantly protecting the complex. If you are visiting the complex make sure to be available at 11.30 to watch the daily procession. The Changing of the Guard leaves the nearby Rosenborg Castle at 11.30 am and arrives at the Amalienborg at 12pm. There are different processions and music used depending on who is resident at the time. Since the family uses the palace largely as a winter residence, you will see the most spectacular parades between September and April.
Amalienborg Palace Copenhagen Entrance Fee
Entry for adults is DKK 95 (€13), and is free for children under 18. Check this website to buy ticket. Students get discounted tickets for DKK 65 (€8.72) You can also get combination tickets for other palaces in the city.
Amalienborg Palace Opening Hours
Usually, the Palace is open from 10am to 4pm and closed on Mondays. We say usually, because sometimes they like to mix it up a bit. Check the website beforehand for any surprises.
How to get to Amalienborg Palace
Take subway line M3 or M4 to Marmorkirken St. From there, it is about a 5 minute walk to the palace. Alternatively, bus line 26 runs from Tivoli to Sankt Annæ Plads, from where you can walk.
Frequently asked questions about the Danish Royal Palace
Here we have gathered together some of the most asked questions we receive about the Amalienborg Palace.
Where is Amalienborg palace located?
The home to the Danish Royal family is located between the city centre and the harbour in Copenhagen, Denmark.
When was Amalienborg palace built?
The four palaces of Amalienborg were completed in the 18th century and were originally home to local nobility and courtiers, before being taken over by the Royal Family of Denmark in 1794.
How far of a walk from Amalienborg palace to Rosenborg Castle?
It is about a 15 minute walk between the two residences.
How far of a walk from Marmokirken to Amalienborg palace?
It is only a 2 minute walk!
Where does Danish royal family live?
The Danish Royal Family lives – during the winter – in the Amalienborg Palace. During the summer Marselisborg is the current Queen’s residence of choice.
Not only is the Amalienborg Palace an important collection of buildings for the Danish People, it is also a great place to visit during your trip. So make sure to take the time to visit when in Copenhagen. From the stunning square outside, and potentially a glimpse of the changing of the guard, to the internal features, the palace is well worth the visit. Get your tickets here and go!