Which Copenhagen Castle to visit

The Danish Monarchy is one of the oldest in the world. Thus, it’s no surprise that Denmark’s capital city: Copenhagen, is stuffed full of castles and palaces. However if you have limited time in the city you may be wondering which is the best Copenhagen castle to visit…

Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle and Christiansborg Palace are all worth your time and I’ve reviewed each below:


Christiansborg Palace – 

The tiny island of Slotsholmen has been home to a Copenhagen castle or palace for over 800 years. The modern-day Christiansborg Palace was constructed in 1907 after a horrific fire burnt down its predecessor.

Although the Danish royal family relocation to Amalienborg Palace in 1794, reception rooms at Christiansborg Palace still provide the backdrop for many royal functions and events. More than this, the palace has been home to the Danish Parliment and the countries Supreme Court since the early 1800’s.

copenhagen palace - Christiansborg palace

Because of this, Christiansborg Palace is perhaps the royal attraction that has the most things to see. A combination ticket, priced at 150 DKK (€20), will grant you entry to the Royal Reception rooms, ruins, kitchen and stables.

As a horse owner/lover, the lure of being able to tour the Royal stables meant that Christiansborg was the royal attraction I was most excited to visit. However, upon my arrival, I was disappointed…

Despite the advertised opening hours (which I triple checked online) BOTH times I visited Christiansborg, it was closed!! There wasn’t even anyone around to tell me when the palace would actually be open. For this reason, I’d perhaps avoid pinning your hopes on a Christiansborg palace tour, especially if visiting in winter as I did!

(Although I did get to see some Royal Horses training outside the palace, so my trip to the palace wasn’t a complete waste)!

copenhagen palace - Christiansborg palace, Royal Stables

Find out more about Christiansborg Palace on the VisitCopenhagen Website 

Amalienborg Palace –

As mentioned above, Amalienborg Palace Cophenhagen is the current official residence of the Danish Royal family. Totally unique to most other European palaces, Amalienborg Palace is actually made up of four identical buildings that surround an octagonal courtyard, the centrepiece of which is a statue of King Frederik V.

amalienborg palace copenhagen

The classical facades of the buildings are simply beautiful. Whatsmore, there’s something magical about the symmetry and repetition of Amalienborg Palace, it certainly left me speechless!

In terms of things to see, two of the four buildings at Amalienborg Palace are open to visitors. They confusingly have very similar names:

1) Christian VIII palace –

This building is home to the Amalienborg museum (Amalienborgmuseet) which can be toured for the very reasonable price of 75 DKK (€10). It comprises mostly of reproduced studies of the more recent Danish Kings. In this way, the museum is rather unique as it recreates the personal living spaces of Danish monarchs and shows off more recent decorative styles.

amalienborg palace copenhagen

Personally, however, I found the small rooms to be a little too crammed with artefacts. At times I didn’t quite know where to look! None the less, the museum is very interesting to visit, and its small size is great if you’re short on time in Copenhagen!

2) Christian VII palace –

If you’re more prepared than I, you can book in advance to tour representation rooms in the ‘Christian VII’ building. This Amalienborg palace tour is guided, and thus a little more expensive – prices start at 95 DKK.

None the less, the price is more than worth it as you’ll see the palaces magnificent rococo style staterooms which make Amalienborg perhaps the most beautiful Danish royal palace.

Amalienborg palace tour visit copenhagen


Rosenborg Castle –

Differing from the other palaces in Copenhagen, Rosenborg Castle gives an insight into Denmark’s period of ‘Absolute Monarchy’ between the 17th and 19th century. Built in the early 1600’s, by Christian IV, Rosenborg Castle is a fantastic display of Dutch Renaissance architecture, meaning its exterior very much reminded me of a Disney castle!

Rosenborg Castle

The Rosenborg Castle entrance fee is 110 DKK. For this price you can tour the castles well-preserved royal rooms that are a celebration of the pomp and pageantry of the period – even if they are a little too overpowering for my taste! Among the main attractions is the Knights’ Hall (which contains the coronation thrones and three life-size silver lions).


The Rosenborg Castle gardens are also beautiful and the perfect place to stop for a picnic in summer months, or to simply walk through. In this way, if you’re looking for a Unique Copenhagen Castle, then I think Rosenborg takes the edge!


I hope my quick analysis of Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle Copenhagen, helps you choose which of Copenhagen’s Castles to visit!

Personally, I’d put Amalienborg palace forward as the top Copenhagen Castle. As it has the most impressive rooms, plus it’s not every day you get to visit a Royal home still in use. This said, you’d be silly not to take a quick walk past the stunning Rosenborg castle, even if just to take in its fairy-tale exterior.

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  1. February 13, 2018 / 6:48 am

    Thank you! This was very useful, not just for the time factor but money-wise I think I can only handle one tour. So I think Amalienborg it is 🙂

    Happy continued travels!

    PS: Rosenburg’s gardens are free to visit, are they?

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      February 13, 2018 / 4:53 pm

      Amalienborg is an excellent choice! And yes the gardens are 100% free to visit, I’d definitely recommend going 🙂

  2. February 15, 2018 / 5:40 am

    Copenhagen reminds me of German cities. Admiring architecture and exploring monuments is our favourite thing to do while travelling and I wouldn’t like to miss any of these.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      February 17, 2018 / 6:33 pm

      I’d love to visit the medieval castles in Germany, top of my list for sure! And I agree with you, I would definitely recommend visiting all three of the palaces/castles in Copenhagen if you have time

  3. February 15, 2018 / 6:13 am

    Thanks for going into detail about each of these 3 royal attractions – they look lovely to visit! That’s really disappointing that both times you visited Christiansborg Palace it was closed 🙁
    I do love the look of the Rosenborg Castle- you’re right, it does look like a Disney castle!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      February 17, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      It was very disappointing! Thankfully I could visit and enjoy the other two attractions though 🙂

  4. February 17, 2018 / 3:09 am

    I think we would be more into Rosenberg as it looks more medieval and like a palace. I had no idea that the danish monarchy is amongst the oldest in the world. We really enjoy touring gardens as well. I like the statue of king Fredrick V. Hopefully we can visit Copenhagen some day.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      February 17, 2018 / 6:31 pm

      I feel you! I had no idea Denmark even had a monarchy before visiting (embarrassed face) – I hope you get to visit one day x

  5. February 17, 2018 / 3:47 am

    I like Rosenberg Castle best. It looks different with its architecture style. Others, in my opinion, look just like any other buildings around Europe. Thank you for the review. So, whenever we get a chance to go to Denmark, I know which palace that needs to be put in the itinerary.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      February 17, 2018 / 6:29 pm

      Rosenborg castle is certainly Unique!! Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. February 18, 2018 / 3:38 am

    Wow! All three of these royal palaces look absolutely mind blowing! But, I must admit the Rosenburg Castle would be my top pick. I’ve never been to Disneyland (sad, I know), but from what I’ve seen online, the resemblance is definitely there. Love those gardens, too!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      February 18, 2018 / 10:12 am

      Agreed! I imagine the gradens are even better in summer

  7. February 18, 2018 / 9:49 am

    Your analysis has made me more speechless. I can’t seem to favorite any of the royal houses. But I know Copenhagen must feel royal and magical, I mean what city has many royal houses. Visiting these royal houses would take me back to ages of strict monarchy and it’ll be nice to see in motion what it was like back then.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      February 18, 2018 / 10:15 am

      I totally agree with you it’s magical to feel like you’re in another world with all the beautiful buildings 🙂

  8. February 19, 2018 / 5:14 am

    Wow, I didn’t know about these attractions. For a long time I have been wanting to visit Copenhagen. These kind of places are something I would absolutely enjoy. I should bookmark this for my future travel plans.

  9. February 19, 2018 / 6:15 am

    These are all very cool! Christian VIII palace would be my favorite, I Think because I like that they recreate the living space. I’m always intrigued by those things. Too bad the stables were closed at Christiansborg Palace. They should update their website! Nice photos and very amazing castles. Thanks for the descriptions of what each offers to help travelers who are short on visit time!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      February 21, 2018 / 10:01 am

      intrigues me too!! Its definitely a fab place to visit – Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave such a lovely comment 🙂

  10. February 8, 2023 / 10:51 am

    Just amazing experiences

  11. July 17, 2023 / 2:21 pm

    Amazing photos!

  12. January 29, 2024 / 2:41 am

    I didn’t even know there were castles like this in Copenhagen. Thanks. It’s only a few hours drive from my country so I will definitely travel there.

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