Kronborg, Rosenborg, Christiansborg, Amalienborg, Frederiksborg. How to see it all? We sure tried.
One note on these buildings as they exist today: there were fires, fires, and more fires over the centuries. Paintings and tapestries and furniture were lost, reconstruction and refurbishing took place. Items in some locations (like Amalienborg) are original. All of it, wherever it is, is educational and beautiful. And a special thank you to the Danes for so much explanation in English, enriching all our visits.
Kronborg Castle was named by King Frederik II in 1577, but has its roots in the 1420s, when Erik of Pomerania built a fortified castle on the site, from which you can look across the water and see Sweden’s shore. A major claim to fame: it’s the castle featured as Elsinore in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Renaissance-style Rosenborg was built as a country summerhouse (nice!) in 1606.
Christiansborg (Baroque Revival) was begun in 1733 . It’s now the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office, and hosts the Supreme Court. The monarchy still uses parts as well: the Royal Reception Rooms, Royal Stables, and Palace Chapel.
Amalienborg was the Rococo winter home of the Danish royals, its ten-year construction begun in 1750 by King Frederick V. These photos are of the portion the public can view, across the plaza from where the royal family currently resides.
Frederiksborg (1560/Frederik II and 1602-1620/Christian IV) has housed the Museum of National History since 1878. Next time we’ll take a look at its interior. It deserved its own post because the fashionista in me just had to photograph all those fabulous dresses and gowns. The furniture was nice, too.