~~Finding the place~~
Rosenborg Castle is located in the King's Gardens, easy walking distance from Nørreport Station. Public transport in Copenhagen is excellent although the main tourist attractions are surprisingly not well signposted. You definitely need a map to find your way.
Open times vary according to the time of year so check the website. Admission for adults works out at about £10 but anyone visiting Copenhagen might want to consider getting a Copenhagen card which gives you free admission to the majority of Copenhagen’s tourist sites plus travel
~~What you will see~~
Rosenborg Castle is a very pretty castle set in attractive gardens – the lavender and roses were in full bloom while we were there in June. The castle stands out with its tall towers and leaded windows giving it a fairy tale appearance. The Castle was commissioned by Christian IV as a summer house in his newly completed King’s Garden in the early 1600s. It was used as a royal residence for about 100 years and then became home to the Royal Collections. As such the castle is packed full of paintings, famous tapestries and strange curiosities as well as the Danish crown jewels.
Rosenborg offers a tour guide app which you can easily use on a smartphone. There is a free wifi service and once online you can download the app which guides you through the castle. This is well worth doing. I did lose my wifi connection a couple of times and had to restart the app but other than that, the app worked well and was extremely informative and interesting.
~~Things to look out for~~
There are three floors to explore plus the basement Treasury which houses the crown jewels.
The Knights Hall has some impressive tapestries and the coronation chairs guarded by three silver lions. Off the main hall are a couple of small rooms or ante-chambers with cabinets jammed pack with precious glass and porcelain. All rather ostentatious and in stark contrast to the display of the Crown Jewels are in the final section of the Treasury. Okay so they are not as impressive as their British counterpart but I rather liked them and seemed much more accessible. They have a simplicity about them that rather sums up the Danish approach to their monarchy. Not ones for pomp, there was no formal coronation for the present Queen. Instead the Prime Minister made an announcement of her accession from the balcony of one of the other Royal palaces. One can’t imagine that happening in Britain.
Absolutely. I really enjoyed this Castle. It’s full of interesting ‘stuff’ and just the right size – more than enough to hold one’s interest, but not so large that it’s overwhelming. You should allow at least 2 hours to do it justice, more if you want to enjoy the gardens. Well worth a visit and it gets 5 out of 5 from me.
**A longer version of this review is on Ciao.**