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Amalienborg PalaceWhen you think of a royal palace, you usually think of one set building. In Copenhagen's case there are actually four distinct buildings which surround a large central square.
Why four? Apparently, because it was originally inhabited by four noble families. Only, when Christiansborg Palace burnt down in 1794 the royal family needed a new place to live. For the king and queen, it wouldn't do to live in the same palace lesser nobility had previous inhabited. The solution? Acquire all four noble houses and turn them into a super-palace.
While the Queen still uses some of the buildings as her winter residence, others are open to the public or converted into a museum.
This is also a fantastic spot to see the changing of the guard, and for a slice of history head to the corner facing the fountain (and opera house). Looking back into the square, you'll see a small patch of damaged stucco. That patch is an un-repaired piece of the palace that illustrates blast damage from WWII.
AFAR Local Expert
about 5 years ago
Amalienborg is made up of four matching palaces grouped around a large square. One is the winter home of Margrethe II, the hugely popular queen of Denmark; another is home to the Crown Prince, Fredrik; while a third is used for official receptions. The fourth, Christian VIII’s palace, houses the Amalienborg Museum and is the only one open to the public. You can also explore the gardens and watch the changing of the guard, which occurs daily at noon.