Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Amalienborg Home to the Danish Royal Family

Amalienborg Home of the Danish Royal Family

Amalienborg Palace's Royal Experience:

Amalienborg is the home of the Danish royal family in Copenhagen and consists of four royal palaces set around a courtyard. Standing in the courtyard renders an immense experience absorbing the majesty of royalty.


Stately courtyard at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen
Stately courtyard at Amalienborg Palace
The church boasting a stunning copper dome rising slightly behind one of the palaces is Frederik's Church or more commonly The Marble Church. King Frederik V laid the foundation stone but the church's construction would not end until the 1800's with the inauguration in 1894. The Marble Church commands time to pause and admire.

 The Marble Church in Copenhagen commands time to pause and admire.
 The Marble Church commands time to pause and admire.
In the courtyard, a statue of King Frederik V rises above.  King Frederik originally created Amalienborg as the home of four noble families. After Christiansborg Palace's fire, the royal family moved to Amalienborg in 1794.

King Frederik V rises above the courtyard at Amalienborg Palace
King Frederik V rises above the courtyard.
Changing of the Guard:

Everyday there is a changing of the guard from Rosenborg Castle to Amalienborg. Guards are always on duty at Amalienborg but the number depends on who is in residence. The Changing of the Guard is from 11:30AM-12PM and varies as well based on who is in residence.

Guards watching over the royal palaces at Amalienborg in Copenhagen
Guards watching over the royal palaces at Amalienborg.

Touring the Museum at Amalienborg:

Amalienborg features a museum where you can view rooms of past residents of the palaces. Many of the rooms you will enter are divided by glass panes which is a bit different than the other castles we visited. Below is King Frederick VIII's study which was completed in the late in 1860's in a Renaissance revival style.

Frederik VIII's Study in Amalienborg Palace
Frederik VIII's Study

In Christian X's study, we learned how King Christian X inspired Danes during WWII by still riding his horse through Copenhagen during German occupation. He refused to leave the city and reminded Danes of their resilience. The study has been preserved as if the king had just left it.



A Royal Reception:

The reception rooms are still used by the royal family. The Gala Hall immediately impresses: The chandelier is a Norwegian Chandelier that once hung inside Oslo Castle.

Captivating Norwegian chandelier in the Gala Hall of Amalienborg Palace
Captivating chandelier in the Gala Hall
The Gala Hall was renovated in the 1980's. The sculptures were crafted by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen and indicate the festing that happens in a banquet. So stunning:


The Gothic Library:

The Gothic Library may be my favorite room inside Amalienborg stylistically. The wooden furniture pieces are phenomenal works to behold. The room was furnished by Dowager Queen Caroline Amalie in 1852 and contains about 1,600 books. Whoa.



The royal residence also includes exhibits on the royal family, a model of Amalienborg, artworks and much more.

Being in the Moment at Amalienborg


When visiting Amalienborg, standing in the courtyard and embracing it is so much of the experience. Really an incredible moment, so don't be in hurry!

Amalienborg Home to the Danish Royal Family

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