In addition to the Amalienborg Palace complex, in the greenest part of the city lies the fairytale Rosenborg Castle, with its red sandstone blocks, the copper roofs and tall green towers with spires that touch the sky.
Built by King Christian IV as a summer residence, ended up being the one in which he lived and died (as did the rest of his successors).
The building of this Dutch Renaissance style masterpiece began in 1606 and expanded several times, finally evolving into its present condition by the year 1624. The sovereign wanted in his grandiose residence were all comfort such as bathrooms with running water or the drawbridge propelled from the Winter Lounge.
With the years the Palace remodeled and expanded several times without losing its Renaissance harmony, took on the appearance of a real castle with a moat and drawbridge, one of the most important in Europe. The term “Castle” should be understood in the sense of sumptuous mansion.
Nestled in the beautiful Kongens Have, the oldest Royal gardens in Denmark, spanning the entire perimeter of the building, the castle was used as a residence of the Royal family only for eighty years, until 1720. Since 1833, the Castle and the gardens are open to the public. The Danish Royal House, while retaining ownership of the collections, transformed the building into a large museum full of paintings, furniture, weapons, porcelain, clothing, precious objects that belonged to the Royal family.
In particular, the Castle houses the Crown jewels and treasures that include a period of 400 years, from 1500 to 1900.
The gardens are a place sought after by the Danes to take long walks, meet and organize picnics in the open air, very popular between locals and tourists, especially in summer!
Nearby the Castle you can visit the Amalienborg Museum, situated in the eponymous building, a true continuation of the Royal collection of Rosenborg Slot.
Opening hours: daily (10.00 AM – 02.00 (winter) PM 04.00 (spring and autumn) PM 05.00 PM (summer))
Admission: 105 DDK (adults), 70 DDK (students), free (children under 18)
How to reach: Metro Nørreport (M1, M2)
Address: Øster Voldgade 4A, 1350 København