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Touring Christianborg Palace, Copenhagen

Baltic Cruise (Copenhagen) . 2015 . Aug 4


This post is part of our Baltic Cruise + Southampton 2015 Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here

The last place we visited during our short day trip to Copenhagen as part of the Baltic cruise was Christianborg Palace.


 
Located just opposite to the alighting point of the Grand Canal Cruise at Gammel Strand, it was the natural conclusion to an action-packed day in Copenhagen.


Once again, the Copenhagen card came into good use in giving us access to Christianborg Palace.


 
If Rosenborg Castle was homely, then the Christianborg Palace should be described as stately.  Not surprisingly so, because Christianborg Palace is still used by the Danish monarch as a venue for hosting state dinners and events.


Here's a portrait of the royal family of Denmark.

The reception and Dining Hall, meant for a royal feast.  Just the chandeliers alone can be so enchanting.



My favourite room is the Alexander Hall, with beautifully crafted ornaments adorning its walls and doors.  The Hall is used for smaller receptions and official dinners, often in connection with state visits.


The Queen’s Library, consisting of up to 3 km of bookshelves!  Who will have the time to go through all 3km of books?


Sometimes, naming rooms after the colours of their walls can be the most obvious thing to do.


The name of the Green Room may come from its green silk tapestry, but has a dual meaning in the paintings that hangs in the room.  The birds and Danish greenery in the paintings also contributes to the green of the room.


The Great Hall is the largest and most spectacular of all the Royal Reception Rooms. The Hall is a whooping 40 metres long with a ceiling height of 10 metres.  A gallery runs all the way around the room. The Hall can seat up to 400 guests and is used for banquets, state dinners and receptions.  But for the purpose of today, it was to impress us tourists with its magnificence.


The Great Hall was renovated on the occasion of Queen Margrethe II's 60th birthday.  Tapestries recounting the history of Denmark were hung on the walls.


I caught myself staring at a few centuries worth of Danish history.


One of the most beautiful rooms in Christianborg Palace is this Velvet Room, so named because of the velvet wall hangings that covers large sections of the room.


As with all royal palaces, you can’t miss out on the royal portraits, drawn so life-like that they look better than photographs.


 
As in all palaces, the main attraction is the Throne Room.  The Throne Room is still in use today by Queen Margrethe II, where foreign ambassadors present their credentials to the her.  The Throne Room also gives access to the royal balcony where the Danish monarchs are proclaimed.


Chandeliers are my favorite, because they add an element of luxury and elegance to a room.  And Christianborg Palace does not disappoint in this aspect.

     
As we were leaving Christianborg Palace, I noticed these interesting pillars beside the gift shop!  Poor heroes must be having a tough time balancing the weight on their shoulders!

          
The return bus stop back to the cruise terminal where the Caribbean Princess was waiting for us.


The bus stop is located outside Christianborg Palace, opposite to Gammel Strand where the Grand Canal Tours runs from.  We were tempted to head back to the comforts of the Caribbean Princess, but we had one more hour on hand that we could use and we could not bear to leave without first doing some shopping on the famous Stroget Shopping Street.

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This post is part of our Baltic Cruise + Southampton 2015 Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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