Amalienborg is the winter home of the Danish royal family. It consists of four identical classicizing palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard; in the centre of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederick V.

Amalienborg was originally built for four noble families; however, when Christiansborg Palace burnt down on 26 February 1794, the royal family bought the palaces and moved in. Over the years various kings and their families have resided in the four different palaces. Amalienborg is the centrepiece of Frederiksstaden, a district that was built by King Frederick V to commemorate in 1748 the tercentenary of the Oldenburg family's ascent to the throne of Denmark, and in 1749 the tercentenary of the coronation of Christian I of Denmark. This development is generally thought to have been the brainchild of DanishAmbassador Plenipotentiary in Paris, Johann Hartwig Ernst Bernstorff. Heading the project was Lord High Steward Adam Gottlob Moltke, one of the most powerful and influential men in the land, with Nicolai Eigtved as royal architect and supervisor.

According to Eigtved’s master plans for Frederikstad and the Amalienborg Palaces, the four palaces surrounding the plaza were conceived of as town mansions for the families of chosen nobility. They were identical from the outside, but different on the inside. The building site for each palace was donated free of charge to the chosen aristocrat to build on, and they were further exempted from taxes and duties. The only conditions were that the palaces should comply exactly to the Frederikstad architectural specifications, and that they should be built within a specified time framework.

Building of the palaces on the western side of the square started in 1750. When Eigtved died in 1754 the two western palaces had been completed. The work on the other palaces was continued by Eigtved's colleague and rival, Lauritz de Thurah strictly according to Eigtved’s plans. The palaces were completed in 1760.

The four palaces are: Christian VII's Palace, (originally known as Moltke's Palace), Christian VIII's Palace (Levetzau's Palace), Frederick VIII's Palace (Brockdorff's Palace) and Christian IX's Palace (Schack's Palace).

Currently, only the palaces of Christian VII and Christian VIII are open to the public.

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Founded: 1750-1760
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Denmark
Historical period: Absolutism (Denmark)

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Sofiia Romanovska (8 months ago)
Royal place that functions nowadays. Daily at 12 pm there is public guard exchange that worth to see. Guard's outfit depends on the presence of Queen inside and if there are visitors - based on their status. Next to the main Palace there is an exhibition of royal jewelries, including Faberge Egg - real masterpiece. Tip: if you come earlier, you can find good spot to watch easier.
Amber Webb (9 months ago)
Amalienborg was a fun place to visit. We enjoyed reading about the more recent royals and going through the rooms. I gave this a 4 just because I feel the other palaces in Denmark have much more history and more rooms to go through as well as beautiful grounds. If you do have time it's definitely worth a visit and if you plan it correctly you can also see the changing of the guards at noon. You will want to purchase your tickets before hand as only a certain amount if visitors are allowed in at a time. It's currently only open on Saturdays and Sundays.
O Everything (9 months ago)
The changing of the guards is fun to watch but very crowded with tourists. If you decide to skip it, it’s fine, as it’s not very interesting, and actually quite boring especially with all the people. The palace is nice with a statue in the middle and a great view of the nearby church. It is right by the water and looks beautiful too.
Jaikishore Sharma (10 months ago)
The changing of the Royal Guard at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen happens every day at noon. We happened to discover this tidbit by chance and then decided to start our day in Copenhagen with this. We raced down to central Copenhagen all the way from our Hotel Hilton Copenhagen Airport which is way down south but the efficient metro means it's about a 20 minute ride! When we got to the Amalienborg Square, the place was abuzz with excitement. A few cops got involved with crowd control and began to usher us beyond a line. At around 1220 or so, the guards showed up. By this point, the crowd had swelled and people had their cameras and phones out. The changing of the guard itself proved to be one of those relics from the past that still held some sort of ceremonial value but whose appeal and symbolic power were dwindling. This was evident in the reactions most people seemed to have to the activity. For first-timers like us, the experience held greater appeal and we lingered on for a bit after many had left. The near automaton like figures marching and saluting in unison was, if nothing else, a visually elegant activity to behold. Do give it a look if you have the time. It's also guaranteed to give a couple of great photographs for enthusiasts. Also, it can also serve as a start for a walking tour of the rest of central Copenhagen.
Sankhadip Mandal (12 months ago)
The official residence of the Danish Royal Family, the Amalienborg Palace is the most sightseeing place to visit in all of Denmark. The architectural design of the palace is Rocco and both the exterior and interior design is grand, gilded and lavish. The collection of several exotic and beautiful royal artifacts should be seen by all. Recently on 16 April Her Majesty's birthday just passed and HM Queen Margrethe II celebrated her 81st birthday. God Save The Queen. ??
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